Australia, Japan take a ‘domino approach’ to regional integration
Author: Takashi Terada, Doshisha University The recently signed Australia–Japan economic partnership agreement (EPA) is an example of the dynamic domino effect of regional trade and investment. This is where the benefits an FTA brings to one country, such as eliminating tariffs, generally disadvantages a third country not included in the agreement. This third party is […]
What happens in China, doesn’t stay in China
Author: Yizhe Daniel Xie, Waseda University The experience that Chinese leaders gain in domestic politics has a big impact on how they view and handle international issues. Many China watchers and political analysts often overlook these domestic roots of Chinese foreign policy, particularly in China’s push to reform the international financial system. The announcement of […]
Russia told to pay $50bn in Yukos case
A court based in The Hague has ordered Russia to pay about US$50 billion to a group of former shareholders of the Yukos oil company, formerly owned by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, freed last year after eight years in prison on tax-evasion and embezzlement charges. The court said officials at state-owned Rosneft, which acquired most of Yukos's assets, were working for Russian President Vladimir Putin in destroying Yukos. (Jul 29, '14)
Vietnam buckles under Chinese pressure
Vietnam's failure to counter China's months-long placement of an oil rig in disputed waters with any meaningful gesture threatens the Hanoi government's legitimacy. If the public believes that it capitulated - particularly at a time of slowing economic growth - this could spark demonstrations aimed at both China and Vietnam's Communist Party-led government.
- Zachary Abuza (Jul 29, '14)
An era of thugs
At some stage in recent history, governments started to outsource operational aspects of geopolitical strategy to gangs of robbers, murderers and nutcases - Washington in Afghanistan to oppose Russia, Russia in Ukraine now are just two examples - and are increasingly abrogating greater responsibilities to them. It is a very dangerous practice, and where this all ends is anyone's conjecture. (Jul 28, '14)
Why no Arab state cries for Gaza
No Arab State has had the guts to denounce Israel's use of "made-in-the-USA" death machines to rain hellfire on the civilian population of Gaza. Arab autocrats, viewing the world through their concern over how they can continue to cling to power, are too scared for the survival of their regimes to proffer any daring proposals to resolve the Palestinian conflict.
- Ehsan Ahrari (Jul 28, '14)
Abe’s aid reform, in the name of peace?
Author: Fumitaka Furuoka, University of Malaya On 26 June 2014, a panel of specialists under Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida submitted a report that recommended transforming Japan’s foreign aid policy into a ‘strategic’ diplomatic tool. Based on the panel’s recommendations, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has begun the process of revising the fundamental guidelines of Japan’s […]
Jokowi saves Indonesia’s democracy (and maybe Southeast Asia’s too)
Author: Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University Many years from now, the electoral victory of Indonesia’s president-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) may be seen as pivotal to the fate of democracy and regionalism in Southeast Asia. A win by Jokowi’s opponent Prabowo Subianto would have been a retrograde step for Indonesia, promising shades of authoritarianism even with a […]
China’s Second White Paper on Foreign Aid Signals Key Shift in Aid Delivery Strategy
By Zhou Taidong
On July 10, 2014, China released its much-awaited white paper on foreign aid
on foreign aid. In recent years, Chinese foreign aid has been a subject of scrutiny and even controversy. As the world's fastest rising power, China has sharply expanded its foreign aid spending in both scale and scope over the last decade. Partly due to this, but also because of China's official aid approach that emphasizes mutual benefit and imposes few conditions, China's role as a provider of foreign aid has stimulated considerable interest and debate both inside and outside the country.
Electoral Reform Breathes New Life in Cambodia
By Silas Everett
On Tuesday, the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) agreed to take its 55 seats in the national assembly on condition of reconstituting the National Electoral Commission (NEC), which it accused of rigging last year's national election...
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