Tuesday, October 21, 2014
  1. China’s Silk Road Revival

    Shashi Tharoor

    China’s Silk Road Revival


     considers the motives behind China's Silk Road economic initiative.

    Xi Jinping nznationalparty/Flickr

    The phrase “Silk Road” evokes a romantic image – half history, half myth – of tented camel caravans winding their way across the trackless deserts and mountains of Central Asia. But the Silk Road is not just part of a fabled past; it is an important feature of China’s current foreign policy. READ MORE

  2. Qatar’s Jihad

    Brahma Chellaney

    Qatar’s Jihad


     is worried that a tiny country that was once a gadfly has transformed itself into a rogue elephant.

    ISIS soldiers Medyan Dairieh/ZumaPress

    Qatar may be tiny, but it is having a major impact across the Arab world. By propping up violent jihadists in the Middle East, North Africa, and beyond, while supporting the US in its fight against them, this gas-rich speck of a country has transformed itself from a regional gadfly into an international rogue elephant. READ MORE

  3. Lebanon’s Gathering Storm

    Michael Young

    Lebanon’s Gathering Storm


     warns of sectarian conflict spreading to Lebanon, fueled by a worsening economy.

    Beirut Airport Lebanon AFP photo/Flickr

    With all eyes focused on sectarian violence in Iraq and Syria, little attention has been paid to rapidly deteriorating Sunni-Shia relations in Lebanon. If the international community is to counter the Islamic State and prevent the further erosion of order in the Middle East, its leaders will have to think about the region as a whole. READ MORE

  4. Closing Europe’s Strategy Gap

    Ana Palacio

    Closing Europe’s Strategy Gap


     calls for the new European Commission to create a long-term strategic vision.

    EU flags at the European Commission TPCOM/Flickr

    The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has been a hot topic of analysis for almost a year. But one question has largely escaped thorough examination: what Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of eastern Ukraine indicates about the EU’s foreign policy. READ MORE

  5. The Way Ahead in Hong Kong

    Chris Patten

    The Way Ahead in Hong Kong


     urges the Chinese authorities to honor their promises to the city's people.

    Hong Kong protests umbrella revolution Chris Stowers/ZumaPress

    The demonstrators in Hong Kong, young and old, represent the hope for a peaceful and prosperous life in which citizens can enjoy the freedoms and rule of law that they were promised. That is not only in the interest of Hong Kong; it is in China’s interest, too. READ MORE

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