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  • Don't Cut Off Lebanon's Aid

    Cutting aid to the Lebanese army is counter to U.S. interests and could result in a weakening of the Lebanese government and military, empower Hezbollah and strengthen Syrian and Iranian influence in Lebanon.

  • Sleeping Giant

    The young urban Russians who took part in wildfire rescue efforts after the authorities proved inefficient and unprepared are the genuine force for modernization and democratization in the country.

  • Is China Turning Japanese?

    China’s current economic policies, which borrow from future household income to stimulate present growth, follow the development model that gave Japan extraordinary short term growth but led ultimately to a period of significant economic decline.

  • Why Russia Matters

    A year and a half into the “reset,” the partnership with Russia remains a challenging but indispensable one for the United States. Engaging Russia is crucial to U.S. success on issues ranging from nuclear arms control to climate change.

  • Thawing the Frozen Conflict in Transdnestr

    Resolving the conflict over Moldova’s breakaway region of Transdnestr would have wide-reaching positive implications for Russia, the EU, and the United States, but this opportunity will be lost if the issue is not addressed in the near future.

  • Attacking Iran: The Last Thing the U.S. Administration Wants to Do

    Aside from the improbability and imprudence of a U.S. attack on Iran, it would also be a major political misstep for the Obama administration.

  • China's Greedy 'Communists'

    Local governments and state-owned enterprises have created China’s current housing bubble, but average Chinese taxpayers will bear the burden of the pending housing market collapse.

  • Stop the Sino-Pak Nuclear Pact

    China’s plans to sell new nuclear reactors to Pakistan are fundamentally different from the U.S.-India nuclear deal. Determined opposition from the United States can convince Beijing to reconsider.

  • Putin Plays the Action Man But Support May Begin to Wane

    In spite of widespread criticism of Moscow’s handling of the crisis, the forest fires burning across Russia have provided Prime Minister Putin with another chance to boost his personal popularity by presenting himself as a strong, tough leader.

  • Living From Fire to Fire

    The inadequate response to Russia's forest fires illustrates Moscow’s inability to respond to large scale disasters and how Russia’s vertical power structure undermines the ability of local authorities to respond to crises.

  • Watch China's Coasts, Not Its Currency

    Rising coastal production costs and declining transport costs are reshaping China's economic landscape in ways that may resolve the controversial role that Beijing is accused of playing in shaping global trade imbalances.

  • How to Make Peace With Georgia

    The Russian government should use soft power to win back sympathy from the Georgian population in preparation for the end of Georgian President Saakashvili’s term in office in 2013.

  • Obama's Briefing on Iran: It's About Pressure, Not Diplomacy

    When President Obama and his top national security staff briefed journalists this week on Washington's strategy toward Iran's nuclear program, he was making the case that the administration's approach for isolating Iran is working.

  • How to Square the Caucasian Circle

    Two years since fighting broke out between Georgia and Russia, the situation in the separatist territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains deadlocked and the current western policy of strong rhetorical support for the Georgian position substitutes easy words for hard diplomatic work.

  • The Effect on Public Opinion

    The disclosure of thousands of classified military documents reveals a darker picture of the war in Afghanistan that is likely to increase public opposition to the war.

  • Turkey, a Silver Lining of the Crisis

    The crisis in the eurozone may prove a blessing in disguise for Turkey, given its strong economic performance over the past years, and could even revitalize Turkey’s prospects for membership in the European Union.

  • All Together Now: Missile Defense

    • Sam Nunn, Igor Ivanov, Wolfgang Ischinger
    • July 21, 2010
    • The International Herald Tribune

    Missile-defense cooperation would be a potential game changer in U.S.-Russian and NATO-Russian relations and a crucial step toward a sounder European security order.

  • Don't Blame Europe for Turkey's Moves Away From the West

    Fully engaging with and understanding Turkey is of critical importance for the United States, and blaming the European Union's continued reluctance to accept Turkey into its ranks oversimplifies the situation and could lead to unintended consequences.

  • Turkey's Other War

    • Henri Barkey, Morton Abramowitz
    • July 15, 2010
    • Real Clear World

    While Turkey, led by Prime Minister Erdogan, pursues an activist foreign policy in the Middle East, troubles with an insurgent Kurdish minority threaten the stability of the AKP’s leadership.

  • China's Political Awakening

    While China’s labor activism signals a broader political re-awakening of its civil society, this emerging phenomenon does not guarantee fundamental change to the country’s autocratic political order.

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