Ongoing violence in Pakistan serves as a constant reminder of the immense challenges facing President Asif Ali Zardari. U.S. efforts to effectively balance security and policy imperatives in this volatile region have not succeeded. The U.S. and Europe can develop a successful new strategy if they engage directly with Pakistan’s civil society while continuing to recognize the military’s importance.
The rise of China as a major economic, cultural, and military force in has fundamentally altered the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region. Doug Paal from the Carnegie Endowment, and Geoffry Barret from the European Commission, discussed how the U.S. and the EU should respond to this new dynamic.
To better understand how the U.S. and the West can successfully promote democracy, Carnegie Europe convened a panel of experts to discuss the Bush administration’s past mistakes, challenges to democracy in the Middle East, and the European perspective on democracy promotion and the ‘League of Democracies.’
Taking advantage of Carnegie's presence on both sides of the Atlantic and its leading research work on South and Central Asia, Carnegie Europe has launched a policy initiative on Afghanistan aimed at bridging Afghan, U.S., and European perspectives on future strategies to address difficult issues like narcotics and regional relations.
On my way out of Moscow on the day when George Bush and Vladimir Putin met for the last time in Sochi, Russian blogs were alight with complaints about how Putin had lost big at the NATO summit meeting in Bucharest the day before. As I flew across the ocean a few hours later, I sat next to a well-placed Washington operative on his way back from Bucharest. "Bush lost big at the summit," he said."
About a year ago Fidel Castro started blogging. Every week or so he posted his “Reflections of the Commander in Chief”. While not strictly a blog, in his internet musings “El Comandante” does what bloggers do: he comments on the news, chastises enemies (Bush, Aznar), extols friends (Hugo!) or rambles on subjects he cares about (sport and politics).
Since communism failed as an economic system, Russia and China have had to embrace free markets. But hopes that reform of communist economies would produce western-style democracies have been shaken.
To understand how the West can improve cooperation with Russia, Carnegie Europe and the European Policy Centre co-sponsored an expert panel who suggested the West should begin by focusing on Russia’s economic interests.
Is China a threat to Western countries? This was the key question at Carnegie Europe’s China roundtable. Senior Associate Robert Kagan analyzes this question by using historical patterns of behavior of rising powers.