In Depth: Asia Pacific and Russia

29 Dec 2015

Democracy's Retreats and Tentative Advances in 2015

2015 saw important, yet fragile, democratic gains around the world. But, as the West is now preoccupied with domestic challenges, the future of democratic reform will be determined by those on the frontlines.
31 Dec 2014

Democracy: Four Reasons to Be Optimistic in 2015

2014 was a bleak year for the development of democracy around the world, but history has shown we are often blind to the democratic possibilities unfolding amidst the turmoil.
27 Aug 2014

The Russia-China Gas Deal: Implications and Ramifications

Russia and China agreed to a thirty-year, $400 billion energy deal in May. The specifics remain murky, but it’s clear the neighboring powers have sealed a major, long-term partnership.
31 Oct 2012

Superpower Symbiosis: The Russia-China Axis

China and Russia appear to have a cooperative relationship, but with competing energy and territorial interests in the mix, not to mention domestic instabilities, the future might not be so rosy.
3 Jan 2012

The Dash for Gas: The Golden Age of an Energy Game-Changer

The natural gas market has blossomed in recent years, offering some countries the potential for greater energy independence and setting up a new set of global winners and losers.
26 Feb 2014

China and Russia: An Axis of Weak States

Economic weakness has driven Vladimir Putin’s Russia into a “strategic entente” with the Chinese, who in turn get a powerful global ally. The alliance could prove formidable for the West.
30 Aug 2012

The Coming Collapse: Authoritarians in China and Russia Face an Endgame

Russia and China—either (or both) could collapse soon. Yet neither the president nor his challenger seem alert to, or prepared for, such a possibility.
15 Nov 2012

Europe's Baby Boxes & China's Coerced Abortions

An annual rate of seven million abortions—most of which are likely forced by the state—is just one of the horrors of China's ghastly one-child policy. Europe has a different problem.
26 Apr 2012

Israel and Iran: The Grounds for an Israeli Attack

Given Washington’s current reluctance to use military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Western leaders should at least grant that Israeli action is justifiable.
28 Feb 2012

Pipeline to Nowhere: The Beijing-Moscow Dance Continues

The pipeline’s deadlocked negotiations are precisely what you’d expect after Russia’s corrupt, state-run monopoly forced borrowing from its future customer.
1 Sep 2011

Last Man Standing: Is America Fading in the New Middle East?

As US alliances and resolve in the region grow weaker, what role will America play in the new Middle East?

1 Sep 2010

The Real Reset: Moscow Refights the Cold War

Washington thinks it's gotten a fresh start with Moscow. In fact, our old adversary has merely fallen back into its old Cold War habits.
19 Sep 2016

US-India, China-Russia Exercises Reflect New Alliances

As the US and India conduct joint exercises 100km from India’s border with China—China and Russia conduct "island seizing" naval exercises in the South China Sea.
7 Aug 2017

Russia, ASEAN Countries Vow to Cooperate on Counterterrorism

ASEAN Countries and Russia. OFFICIAL STATEMENT. 04:06 PM EDT
8 Jul 2016

Expansionist China and Russia Deepen Ties

By deepening trade ties and integrating their economies, China and Russia not only increase their ability to challenge the international system, they also increase the likelihood they will do so.
28 Mar 2014

UN General Assembly Stigmatizes Putin's Russia

Vladimir Putin claims to have restored Russia's prestige abroad. In fact the country has become a pariah state where only the world's top thugs side with it at the UN.
1 Mar 2016

As Trade Tumbles, China and Russia Inaugurate New Rail Line

As trade between China and Russia plummets along with their economies, a new rail line suggests these former rivals' vision for a meaningful strategic partnership will endure.
22 Aug 2011

Libya’s Rebels Unhappy with Russia and China

with western countries like the Italians, French and UK companies,” says a rebel ...

5 Mar 2011

Gee Whiz

of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, there were a few other countries present at L’Aquila, countries belonging to neither of the two above groups ...

16 Jun 2010

Toeing Stalin’s Line on the Baltics

government and fled the country). The entry of Soviet troops into the Baltic ...

22 Dec 2005

A Plea to America – Stay the Course

Bush and Chirac, uniformed Syrian troops left the country. However, ...

11 Feb 2015

Power Politics and Putin

Since power is the language the Kremlin seems to understand best, Western leaders should send Russian leader Vladimir Putin a message he’ll get by arming Ukraine.
24 May 2011

China Changes Its North Korea Policy ... Maybe

in the country. There are no coincidences when it comes to Beijing and Pyongyang, ...

5 Oct 2011

China and Russia, Parting Ways

arrogant, assertive, and self-centered, and what makes these countries ...

9 Sep 2013

Chinese, Russian, and NATO Warships Maneuver Off Syria

A Chinese warship has joined Russian, French, Italian, and US naval vessels already patrolling the eastern Mediterranean. Could the presence of rival powers off Syria spark a larger conflict?
11 Mar 2014

Replace Failed Diplomacy with Sanctions on North Korea

Beijing thinks some dialogue with North Korea is better than none, but both this approach and Washington's cold shoulder have failed. The US should tighten sanctions.
28 Jun 2010

On the Right Wavelength

news and information into seven countries: China, North Korea, Vietnam, ...

27 Jan 2010

Mr. President, Reject America’s Decline

over 60 percent of Americans believe that their country is “in a state ...

24 Sep 2012

Along Russia's Exposed Nerve

The view from any train in the world will throw a country's economic ...

25 Jun 2013

Snowden’s Hunt for Refuge

Washington’s efforts thus far to apprehend the elusive Edward Snowden, as he skips from Hong Kong to Moscow and eyes Latin America, could not have been clumsier.
12 Jun 2012

A New China-Russia Axis?

Putin’s recent visit to Beijing could signal a warming of relations between Russia and China—and a gathering threat to Washington and its allies.
5 Apr 2011

The Kremlin’s Puppet ‘Opposition’

noting that during totalitarian rule some Soviet bloc countries were ...

9 Feb 2011

Kremlin’s New ‘Undesirables’

Kasparov from returning to the country, briefly confiscating his passport. ...

30 Mar 2010

On the Meaning of Toughness

a country whose president aspires to be merely president of the state, ...