Why a Global Climate Deal Will Remain Challenging

For quarter of a century, global climate change talks have suffered from a stalemate between major advanced nations and large emerging economies. Since Lima’s climate conference could not resolve it, it deferred the divide to Paris 2015. Recently, world’s leading nations gathered in Lima, Peru, for the 2014 U.N. Climate talks. The procedural objective was […]

Moldova Elects a Pro-EU Parliament; Taiwan Rejects Its Pro-China Party

Two disquieting elections in the news. Two challenging election results. In Moldova, pro-European parties outpolled pro-Russian parties. In Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, the pro-independence candidate beat the pro-China candidate. The Republic of Moldova, formerly the Moldovian Soviet Socialist Republic, declared its independence at the collapse of the USSR. It comprises much of the former Russian and […]

America, China and the Islamic State

Washington has launched still another “war against terror” in the Middle East and beyond. It is the kind of escalation that the Islamic State has hoped. In contrast, Beijing is likely to stick to cautious engagement. Half a month after offering the American people his rationale for taking the United States into a new Middle […]

Iran Stiffens Resolve to Elude Sanctions in Face of Latest U.S. Penalties

By Andy Tully: Iran’s oil minister says recent U.S. penalties against several companies in Iran and elsewhere will only encourage Tehran to evade the sanctions regime imposed to hinder its nuclear energy program. “The sanctions are cruel and illegal, and we will keep fulfilling our duty with regards to circumventing the sanctions,” Bijan Zanganeh said […]

Japan’s Pivot to India

India’s newly elected prime minister, Narendra Modi, made his first geostrategic move in Asia’s complex new dynamics this week, and together with Prime Minister Abe, catapulted the Japan-India relationship into a “special strategic and global partnership.”  Two goals focused their attention: bolstering their national economies and contending with China’s growing influence. While their ambitions for their partnership may […]

The Russia Sanctions Cul-de-Sac

The Russia sanctions are likely to have an adverse impact on Russian, U.S. and Chinese economy and could push Europe to a triple-dip recession. A diplomatic solution could deter diminished global prospects. Last March, President Obama initiated and expanded sanctions against Russia in financial services, energy, defense and related materials sectors. Meanwhile, China’s Ambassador to […]

3 Things a Deal With Iran Would Likely Include

By Jofi Joseph: In mid-July, negotiators from the so-called P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union) reached a mutual agreement with Iran to extend an interim six-month agreement for another four months. The agreement extends concrete constraints on Iran’s nuclear program — in particular, a halt to Iran’s […]