Tajikistan is among the most problematic countries in Central Asia. The country faces a number of challenges, including an economic crisis, regionalism, domestic political confrontation, and radical Islam.
The second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul in March 2012 provides an opportunity for China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea to develop concrete cooperation on nuclear security.
China needs to enact tighter monetary policies in order to raise household consumption and rebalance toward a more sustainable growth model.
In the absence of clear indications of the direction Kim Jung Un intends to take, firm resistance to provocations will be a steadying influence.
For a range of reasons, Lashkar-e-Taiba is the most dangerous terrorist group operating in South Asia after al-Qaeda.
Public sentiment in many states has turned against nuclear energy following the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The Fukushima accident was, however, preventable.
If Beijing wants to deal with the issues that have spawned rising social unrest, it needs to reshape China’s economic institutions and control over basic resources in ways that moderate, rather than exacerbate, disparities.
When European leaders choose to do business with authoritarian regimes, they must continue to speak out against human rights violations.
China's vetoes over UN draft resolutions on Syria represent of Beijing's interpretation of the international system, of humanitarian intervention, and of its own interests in the region.
Though Beijing has typically remained cautiously neutral when it comes to the region, China’s current stance may reflect its growing disquiet at what it sees as a U.S. policy intended to deny it access to Middle East energy sources.