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  • For the G20, the Glass Is Half Full

    The G20 still has far to go in terms of reforming the global financial system and calming the lingering economic turmoil, but the experience of sovereign wealth funds provides a useful outline for what is possible.

  • Where Is Russia?

    • Mark Medish
    • June 22, 2010
    • The International Herald Tribune

    Modern Russian must overcome a number of internal and external pressures in the course of its struggle to determine its role in the changing global community.

  • The Turkish-American Split

    • Henri Barkey, Morton Abramowitz
    • June 17, 2010
    • The National Interest

    In spite of recent tensions, the United States and Turkey still share important common interests. However, Turkey is a growing power and there are significant areas where Turkey’s perspective and interests differ from those of the United States.

  • The Risks of Losing a Special Role in the Caucasus

    The position of EU special representative for the south Caucasus plays an important role in the potential transformation and development of the volatile region.

  • Containment Policy for a Nuclear Iran?

    The ideals espoused by the Green Movement in Iran continue to hold a strong appeal to the country’s youthful population, but the movement needs to explain to Iranian workers why it would govern better than the current regime if it wants to change the power dynamic in Iran.

  • It Takes Two to Reset

    The U.S. administration and politicians in Moscow have sharply divergent views on the ‘reset’ in bilateral relations. Where U.S. officials see dialogue, compromises, and concessions as a means of winning over the other side, the Russian elite considers dialogue to be a sign of weakness.

  • Kyrgyzstan: A Test for Mutual Security

    The crisis in Kyrgyzstan presents an opportunity for the three multilateral groups working in the area to do real, immediate good while building trust and demonstrating that cooperation is possible in the increasingly interconnected and fragile Eurasian security space.

  • The All-Too-Real Phantom Balance Sheet

    In the world of modern, interconnected markets, implied liabilities are everywhere that assets or countries or industries are seen as having a shared fate. In order to assess financial risks accurately, implied liabilities must be taken into consideration.

  • Iran's Intimidation Worked

    Intimidation by Ahmadinejad's regime succeeded in keeping opposition protesters off the streets on the first anniversary of Iran's rigged election. To regain its momentum, the Green Movement must tackle five key challenges.

  • Let the Renminbi Depreciate Rather than Appreciate

    The collapse of the euro presents an opportunity for China to introduce greater exchange rate flexibility and let the renminbi depreciate, in order to prevent dangerous speculative capital inflows.

  • Risk and Opportunity in the New Middle East

    With its increased regional and global influence, Turkey is in a position to seize a leading role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to challenge Iran for leadership of regional public opinion.

  • Turkey's Moment of Inflection

    The Turkish government’s handling of its Kurdish minority and the state of its civil-military relations will determine the longevity of the current improvement in Turkish political economy.

  • Why is Obama Calling Merkel?

    The United States has a vital interest in containing the Euro crisis, and Germany’s leadership or lack of it will determine whether the response to the crisis succeeds or the euro zone unravels.

  • Obama Needs to Support Egyptians as Well as Mubarak

    Obama's Cairo speech had the admirable goal of improving relations with the Muslim world, but the administration has focused almost exclusively on building bridges with leaders and governments rather than supporting political and human rights.

  • The Initial Outcomes of the Foreign Policy of Viktor Yanukovych

    In his first 100 days in office, Ukrainian President Yanukovych has set a positive new tone in his country's relations with Russia and reaffirmed Ukraine’s strategic orientation towards Europe.

  • Turkey Emerges as Middle East Leader

    The flotilla incident is the culmination of a slow drift in Turkish-Israeli relations. As the Israelis are increasingly subject to international opprobrium, Turkey’s strategic importance in the region is ascendant.

  • Freely Elected Mayors a Dying Breed

    The Russian government has been stepping up efforts to cancel the direct election of mayors following the cancellation of direct gubernatorial elections in 2004.

  • Ban Nuclear Tests in Middle East

    A nuclear-test-free zone in the Middle East would be a realistic and practical way to lower regional tensions.

  • A Hollow 'Reset' With Russia

    Russia’s engagement with the United States on Iran’s nuclear ambitions has not changed significantly since 2007, in spite of the Obama administration’s emphasis on the success of the ‘reset.’

  • China Falls Victim to Greek Deficit Contagion

    China’s steps to limit the damage from the Greek crisis will necessarily shift the brunt of the economic adjustment to other countries, unless the major trading powers can reach a burden-sharing agreement.

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