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The power of sex in a rising power

The power of sex in a rising power

China is to have its first-ever sex theme park, to be called “Love Land”.  For a traditional country, the development seems quite radical.  The purpose of the park, located in Chongquing province, is to educate people about sex.  The park’s manager explains:
“We …

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Squeezing out Russia's edge on natural gas

Squeezing out Russia's edge on natural gas

The New York Times features an article today by Andrew E. Kramer concerning Russia’s gas worries.  Kramer explains that as gas prices (not to be confused with oil prices) fall, Russia’s state-run gas company Gazprom …

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Focus on China's currency and its rise

Focus on China's currency and its rise

The New York Times this week has featured Op-Ed contributions discussing the weakness of the American Dollar and its potential fall as the world’s major reserve currency.  The only obvious choice for a successor to the Dollar is the Chinese renminbi,

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Iran's Rising Star… Israel is paying keen attention

Iran's Rising Star… Israel is paying keen attention

One of the under-the-radar news stories these past several weeks has been mysterious indirect negotiations between American and Iranian officials regarding Tehran’s nuclear program. The Iranian nuclear program is worrisome to most western powers not because it would provide Iran with an alternative power source, but because if Tehran were …

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New Missile Defense for Russia

New Missile Defense for Russia

This weekend Russia unveiled its new missile defense system as part of a military parade to celebrate Victory Day (WWII) in Moscow.  Put on show around Red Square was the S-400 missile defense system, which many in Russia consider to be …

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Goldman's Report on an economic power shift

Check out this article (thanks to Robert Nolan for sending it along) about Goldman Sachs’ latest report on the shift of global economic power towards the East.

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Continued Posturing between Chinese and US Navies

Continued Posturing between Chinese and US Navies

This week saw another confrontation between the US and China over Beijing’s growing naval power and what appears to be Washington’s attempts to retain control of the dominance to which it has grown accustomed in the East and South China Seas.  On Sunday 2 Chinese fishing vessels reportedly

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Not meeting Lula this time… Ahmadinejad cancels trip to Brazil

Not meeting Lula this time… Ahmadinejad cancels trip to Brazil


Yesterday I wrote about US Secretary of State Clinton’s statements from last week explaining her concern that China, Russia and Iran are seeking to gain influence in Latin America.  One example of Iran’s growing clout …

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Just how much influence will the US continue to wield in Latin America?

Just how much influence will the US continue to wield in Latin America?

Obama’s appearance at the 5th Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago 2 weeks ago was largely viewed as a diplomatic coup.  There, the American President reassured his neighbors to the south that the US wants to work as a productive “partner”.  No discussion was brought up concerning China’s …

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Swine Flu's Spread and Brazil

Swine Flu's Spread and Brazil

Swine flu is all the rage in the press these days it seems.  And Mexico is suffering.  The entire country has been placed under a virtual economic shut down as public assemblies have been banned and many open areas quarantined.  Exports are now looked at with caution and US trade …

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A punch in the gut for Russia

A punch in the gut for Russia

Scoreboard on Central Asian energy:
Russia: 0
Europe: +2
Turkmenistan: +10
Euraisanet reported on Friday that Russia maintained a huge loss to its energy portfolio at a recent two-day energy security conference in Ashgabad, Turkmenistan.  Turkmenistan, a very energy rich …

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War Games in Central Asia

War Games in Central Asia

Central Asia has taken center stage this week in series of military maneuveres and developments.  In a broad way, these developments can be seen as evidence of larger posturing between Russia (and to a lesser extent, China) on one hand and NATO and the US on the other.
First, on Saturday, …

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Obama's appearance at Summit of the Americas won't stop China’s continual growing influence in Latin America

Obama's appearance at Summit of the Americas won't stop China’s continual growing influence in Latin America

This weekend US President Barack Obama was the center of attention at the 5th Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  Obama even eclipsed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s entrance with, according to the Associated Press, “

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Dolphins protect China's interests, but can't save its GDP

Dolphins protect China's interests, but can't save its GDP

China’s Xinhua news service reported today that on Monday China Radio International announced that a group of dolphins prevented pirates from attacking a group of Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden.
This bizarre event was minor compared to the …

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Rising Powers v. OPEC

Rising Powers v. OPEC

One of the untold stories in the headlines during the past few months is that the price of oil has climbed.  Recent reports have shown oil at $61 a barrel in the 4th quarter, definitely higher than the $30 reached in 2008.  Many financial analysts contribute the rise in price …

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About the Author

Christopher Herbert

Christopher Herbert is an analyst of foreign affairs with specific expertise in US foreign policy, the Middle East and Asia. He is Director of Research for the Denver Research Group, has written for the Washington Post’s PostGlobal and Global Power Barometer and has served on projects for the United States Pacific Command and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He has degrees from Yale University and Harvard University in Middle Eastern history and politics and speaks English, French, Arabic and Italian.

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US Foreign Policy; Middle East; Asia.

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