In a special live broadcast of the BBC’s prestigious The World Tonight, leading foreign policy experts assess President Obama's first year in office and the chief challenges that lie ahead: strengthening the nonproliferation regime, climate change, the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, Iran, and Afghanistan.
President Obama conducted a four-nation tour of Asia from November 12-19, which incorporated visits to Japan, China, Singapore and South Korea. The tour reflected the increasing significance of the region, and particularly China, for U.S. foreign policy.
With governments, academics, and NGOs still digesting the results of the Copenhagen Summit, Washington’s senior G20 diplomats agreed that while progress had been made in Copenhagen, significant work remained to be done.
Three months ago, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen presented the basis for a new strategic partnership with Russia, laying out the specific areas where practical cooperation could be extended. Now, the Secretary General comes to Moscow, reaffirming the preeminence of NATO-Russia cooperation on the Alliance’s agenda.
The hoped for undivided “Europe whole and free” of twenty years ago has today become a region in danger of seeing new lines divide the continent with the prospect of heightened tension for all. It will require adjustments and new thinking from all to recapture the promise of an undivided, secure, and prosperous region.
While a greater degree of pluralism has been introduced into Arab societies, they are still likely to grapple with political apathy, low voter turnout, dwindling membership in registered parties, and shrinking constituencies for the foreseeable future.
Leading economists describe the 2007-2009 economic crisis as the worst since the Great Depression, causing regulators worldwide to question the system that has drive the world’s economy for the past two decades.
Yemen faces a great and growing number of challenges which need to be addressed immediately, or there is a very real risk that the country will collapse, becoming a safe-haven for al-Qaeda and destabilizing the entire Gulf region.
European governments are finding it ever more difficult to convince their constituencies back home that a sustained European presence in Afghanistan is of critical importance to any sort of lasting peace.
One of the challenges President Barack Obama faces is leveraging his positive global appeal to develop an effective new framework for the promotion of democracy and human rights.