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In Depth: Religion and Asia Pacific

30 Dec 2012

Strange Bedfellows: China’s Middle Eastern Inroads

Who landed the billion-dollar bid for Algeria’s Grand Mosque project? An Algerian firm? A regional firm? No, a state-owned Chinese company. The deal is just one of China’s controversial Mideast ties.
30 Aug 2012

Tibet’s Transition: Will Washington Take a Stand?

Beijing sees the Dalai Lama succession as a way to seize more control in Tibet. Will the US help the country’s democracy in exile or remain focused on other concerns?
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.
1 Jul 2011

The Police State Playbook: An Introduction

Dictators tend to be pretty unoriginal – maybe because they all use the same playbook.

1 May 2011

Ups and Downs: The Making of a Hegemon

It's good to be the hegemon. But Ian Morris's Why the West Rules—for Now, a tour d’horizon of 200,000 years of civilization, ought to give any great power pause.
1 Jul 2010

All Out: China Turns on the Charm

The Heritage Foundation's Helle C. Dale tells how the U.S. is struggling to keep up with China's massive promotional efforts around the world.
7 Jul 2009

This is What Imperialism Looks Like

in Urumqi, the capital of China’s troubled Xinjiang region. The latest official ...

7 Mar 2012

How a Growing Gulf found Booming Africa

Science Monitor on how these two regions have "found" one ...

20 Oct 2012

Welcome to Millennial Letters

threatened now by economic dislocation, regional conflict, and local terror ...

2 Dec 2011

India Cancels Talks with China

A recent kerfuffle over a Buddhist convention catches Beijing behaving badly in a tense season for its regional relations.
23 Aug 2011

Who Gets In? The Suspicious World of Visa Policies

these professors wrote about Xinjiang, a large and tumultuous region of western ...

6 Jul 2009

The Real Quagmire in the Middle East

thing people here don’t understand is that it’s a hot region. It’s an emotionally hot region. Israel, too. The amount of yelling in Israel over things ...