The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il increases the likelihood that the stress on the multiple fault lines in Korean society will reach the point of breaking. Secret talks with China to plan for contingencies may be needed now more than ever.
The global economic outlook for 2012 and 2013 is exceptionally uncertain. With the euro crisis continuing to fester, a global credit crunch, and generalized slowdown threatening emerging markets, it remains unclear where growth will come from.
Europeans should recognize that Washington’s increased engagement in the Asia-Pacific is also in Europe’s best interests and work to develop its own strategic approach toward the region.
Despite initially high expectations, the enhanced relationship between India and the European Union has so far made relatively little impact and has fallen short of its own objectives.
Sources of inspiration are becoming increasingly difficult to come by in Europe’s current age of austerity, but there are some things that Europe can learn from Taiwan.
Having benefited from the euro at the expense of nations such as Greece, Spain, and Portugal, Germany now has the opportunity to take responsibility for the survival of the Eurozone by sacrificing its current account surplus and allowing debt-laden countries to resume growth.
Although Cannes provided the United States and the broader G20 with an opportunity to rescue Europe from its current economic turmoil, the G20 did not make the tough decisions necessary to end the Eurozone crisis.
Europe's economic and political worries feed into three myths about EU-China relations that should form the basis of discussions at this year’s European Union-China summit in Tianjin.
Beijing’s relationship with Europe is increasingly complex, with a number of economic arrangements that could compromise European ideals.
Although tempting in the short run, a sudden influx of foreign capital into the European Union would raise both unemployment and debt without addressing the root of Europe's economic woes.