High investment rates have driven China's rapid growth in both GDP and consumption, but it is unclear whether such a strategy is sustainable in the long run.
In spite of the military surge in Afghanistan, the situation is worsening and neither the civilian surge nor relying on the Afghan army to increase its offensive capabilities will prevent the situation from deteriorating further.
While there is virtually no hope that the 2009 Armenian–Turkish Protocols will be ratified soon, both parties should take steps to rebuild confidence and affirm their faith in the process.
The Arab world is trapped between two major forces—an entrenched political establishment that lacks checks and balances and Islamist movements who are often militant and whose commitment to political diversity is often suspect.
During Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s visit to the U.N. General Assembly in New York, journalists will have the opportunity to confront him on human rights issues in Iran, the country’s internal politics, and the recent defections of Iranian senior diplomats.
Negotiating with the Taliban now, when concessions are still possible, is the best hope for securing protections for the Afghan people, putting Afghanistan on the path towards a new constitution, and ending the coalition’s failing military strategy.
The return of Viktor Yanukovych, who was elected president of Ukraine in February, has sparked fears among some that the momentum of Ukraine’s domestic political and economic reforms would be lost.
As Islamist movements in the Arab world become more politically active, they are struggling to pursue their moral and religious agenda under unfriendly or repressive regimes.
As a new round of direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders gets underway, U.S. efforts to isolate Hamas in Gaza could jeopardize the prospects for a diplomatic reconciliation between the two sides.
As the melting Arctic ice cap opens new shipping lanes and makes it easier to access strategic energy reserves, countries are racing to gain control over the Arctic’s abundant natural resources.
While the Caucasus is too often treated as a subset of Russian history or as merely a gateway to Asia, it remains an important and combustible region, whose inner dynamics and history deserve a much more complex appreciation from the wider world.
With global trade talks stalled and lower demand from major economies that were hit hard by the global economic crisis, three regions—Eastern Europe, Latin America, and East Asia—are managing to increase trade within their borders and building a broader free trade system.
With inflation rising, trade balances falling, and economic growth slowing, the outlook for Russia's economy is bleak. Official plans for strict budget tightening will only add to the troubles.
The counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan is failing and the longer the United States waits to begin negotiating with the Taliban, the stronger the Taliban will be and the less likely it is that they will be willing to talk.
Turkey’s recent constitutional referendum passed with the support of little over half of the Turkish population, giving Prime Minister Erdogan an electoral victory and consolidating his political authority.
Turks are preparing to vote on a set of proposed constitutional amendments that risk undermining the independence of the judiciary and eroding one of the necessary checks on the power of the executive branch.
The best hope for a two state solution is a new, comprehensive approach that involves the most important regional players, including Saudi Arabia and Syria.
The timing of the recent direct peace talks in Washington has more to do with local political realities in the United States, Palestine, and Israel than any belief that the time is ripe for negotiating a sustainable peace.
Rising domestic concerns in China over the increasing pressure of public opinion, the succession of the country’s leadership, and fundamental economic imbalances may have a growing effect on Beijing’s foreign policy.
Growth in emerging economies has slowed from torrid post-crisis rates, but remains high and will likely mitigate—but not fully compensate for—a sharp slowdown in advanced countries.