Tuesday, January 24, 2017
  1. China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy

    Brahma Chellaney

    China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy


     highlights the perils of Chinese infrastructure loans and investment in developing countries.

    Hambantota airport Lukruwan Wanniarachchi/Stringer
    Through its $1 trillion “one belt, one road” initiative, China is supporting infrastructure projects in strategically located developing countries, often by extending huge loans to their governments. As a result, some of these countries are becoming saddled with debt, leaving them even more firmly under China's thumb. READ MORE
  2. Trump, Iran, and Stability in the Middle East

    Javier Solana

    Trump, Iran, and Stability in the Middle East


     worries about the Iran nuclear deal's future, and what that could mean for regional stability.

    Hassan Rouhani press conference 1 yr anniversary of nuclear deal Atta Kenare/Getty Images
    The Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement offer hope that formalized, multilateral responses to global challenges are still possible. But Donald Trump has criticized both agreements, and the actions he takes as president could undermine them, and contribute to global instability. READ MORE
  3. Adrift in Trump’s New Century

    Ana Palacio

    Adrift in Trump’s New Century


     thinks the new US president's inauguration marked the end of a geopolitical epoch that began in 1914.

    Donald Trump is Sworn in as President Jim Bourg/Getty Images
    The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm famously called the period between Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination in 1914 and the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991 the “short twentieth century.” But, if anything, the twentieth century went long: it ended with Donald Trump's inauguration as US president. READ MORE
  4. Aligning the West for an Uncertain World

    Iain Conn
  5. When Tweets Trump Diplomacy

    Shashi Tharoor

    When Tweets Trump Diplomacy


     reflects on the broader issues raised by the Indian foreign minister's recent spat with Amazon.

    Sushma Swaraj The India Today Group
    Diplomacy often witnesses unusual spats: the Pig and Potato War of 1859, the Bogotá Bracelet incident of 1970, and the Affair of the Dancing Lamas in 1924, to name just a few. But none was more surprising than the just-concluded Episode of the Offensive Doormats. READ MORE
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