Thursday, October 30, 2014
  1. Belindia Has Spoken

    Andrés Velasco

    Belindia Has Spoken


     examines why Dilma Rousseff won a second presidential term in Brazil.

    Dilma Rousseff solo Agência Brasil/Flickr

    Forty years ago, the Brazilian economist Edmar Bacha named his country Belindia: a combination of prosperous and modern Belgium and poor and backward India. Is the winner of last Sunday's presidential election, the incumbent Dilma Rousseff, really from "India"? READ MORE

  2. Northeast Asia’s Home Fires Burning

    Yuriko Koike

    Northeast Asia’s Home Fires Burning


     sees hope for easing tensions among China, Japan, and South Korea at next month's APEC summit.

    Newsart for Northeast Asia’s Home Fires Burning Republic of Korea/Flickr

    When the leaders of China, Japan, and South Korea convene in Beijing next month at the APEC summit, there is reason to hope not only for formal handshakes and bilateral meetings, but also for substantive efforts to lower tensions in the region. That hope is built on all three leaders’ need to address difficult domestic challenges. READ MORE

  3. Britain’s Last EU Straw?

    Harold James

    Britain’s Last EU Straw?


     worries that the EU's new budget demand will fuel further euroskepticism in the UK.

    David Cameron Jose Manuel Barroso Crown Copyright/Flickr

    The EU's recalculation of member states' budget contributions has fueled anti-EU resentment, especially in the UK, at a time when euroskepticism is already riding high. Indeed, the arbitrary nature of EU budget setting is likely to aggravate existing tensions. READ MORE

  4. The Resistible Return of Nicolas Sarkozy

    Dominique Moisi

    The Resistible Return of Nicolas Sarkozy


     gives Nicolas Sarkozy's comeback effort long odds, owing to Alain Juppé's surging popularity.

    Nicolas Sarkozy 10 Downing Street/Flickr

    While only 20% of the French electorate view President François Hollande favorably, and nearly two-thirds do not wish to see Nicolas Sarkozy return, more than two-thirds hope that former Prime Minister Alain Juppé will. That makes the 69-year-old Juppé the most popular political figure in France. READ MORE

  5. The Cold War and the Cold Shoulder

    Ghia Nodia

    The Cold War and the Cold Shoulder


     believes that Vladimir Putin's distrust of Western democracy makes efforts to engage Russia futile.

    Vladimir Putin G20 summit European Council/Flickr

    The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be acting irrationally. But it is Western assumptions that need to be questioned. READ MORE

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