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Beijing’s A La Carte Approach to Foreign Policy

Beijing’s A La Carte Approach to Foreign Policy

Following the largely negative international reaction to its latest aggressive actions in Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam, Beijing may be trying a new approach in settling longstanding territorial disputes with its neighbors.  On Monday, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced China is prepared to resolve its border disputes with India …

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Funding Security Through Radars, Drones and Missile Systems

Funding Security Through Radars, Drones and Missile Systems

The Economist released an interesting chart on global military spending this week showing the increased spending on military assets by countries that have been considered in the past to not be pro-Western or an ally of the United States or EU.
The largest spending boom was made by …

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Why Conflict Is Not Good For Business: The BRICS vs. The West

Why Conflict Is Not Good For Business: The BRICS vs. The West

After World War II, the theory that economic integration would reduce the possibility of open conflict between two nation states was tried and was deemed successful by history when France and West Germany signed the first accords that would grow to become the European Union. When Russia recently annexed Crimea, …

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Can Mozambique be the Next LNG Hotbed?

Can Mozambique be the Next LNG Hotbed?

Like many other African countries, Mozambique has enormous potential, but there are many gaps to fill. Led by its natural resources, the economy has been booming with real GDP growth reaching 7.4 percent in 2012, seven percent in 2013 and is predicted to reach 8.5 percent between 2014–16, according to …

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The Indian Diplomat and Her Domestic: Beyond the Diplomatic Snafu

The Indian Diplomat and Her Domestic:  Beyond the Diplomatic Snafu

The snafu over Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade’s employment of household servant Sangeeta Richard has subsided.  But the incident raises a strategic issue, which goes beyond the question of whether the U.S.  treats India, in the words of the Economist, like a domestic servant.  There is a tension between …

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Nuclear Weapons in Asia Predicted to Increase

Nuclear Weapons in Asia Predicted to Increase

Expect the number of nuclear weapons in Asia to increase over the short to medium term according the latest edition of Strategic Asia 2013-14, aptly titled Asia in the Second Nuclear Age. Nuclear states across the region are all looking to further develop or enhance their …

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The FPA’s Must Reads (October 19 – October 25)

The FPA’s Must Reads (October 19 – October 25)

The best long form reads and blog posts for the week of October 25. 2013.

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Conference in New Delhi analyzes Asia-Arctic linkages

Conference in New Delhi analyzes Asia-Arctic linkages

“It’s so far, but so very near to us now.” This is what Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha observed during the opening of the AsiArctic conference at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) in New Delhi, India last week. India received observer status in the …

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Repatriation Still a Far Cry in Bhutan, Says Exiled Journalist

Repatriation Still a Far Cry in Bhutan, Says Exiled Journalist

Evicted from Bhutan at the age of 11, Vidhyapati Mishra spent two decades in U.N.-funded Bhutanese refugee camp in eastern Nepal before resettling in the United States. Just a week before his departure from Nepal to Charlotte of North Carolina, self-learned journalist Mishra also

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Aid for Trade’s Positive Impact Must Reach Local Markets to be Effective

Aid for Trade’s Positive Impact Must Reach Local Markets to be Effective

 
After receiving and reviewing an advanced copy of the Organization of Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) 2013 report Aid for Trade at a Glance: Connecting to Value Chains, I am intrigued by the ongoing process of replacing a portion of direct foreign aid with viable bi- and multi-lateral trade agreements that help …

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India Just Scored a Self Goal

India Just Scored a Self Goal

Engineering of election results in Bhutan falls much short of a diplomatic victory of India
At the peak of campaigning by Bhutan’s two political parties for the recently concluded National Assembly (NA) elections, word spread that India was unhappy with the shrill nature of arguments – and their counters – related …

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Rising Sea Levels and Population Displacement: How Can The Global Public Health Community Prepare?

Rising Sea Levels and Population Displacement: How Can The Global Public Health Community Prepare?

India is anticipating a massive wave of refugee migration from neighboring Bangladesh. This feared population swell – India already has 1.2 billion people of its own – would come not from anticipated political corruption, but from climate change. India projects that rising sea levels will yield an unprecedented number of …

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To Be Taken Seriously By Others, India Needs to First Look Inside

To Be Taken Seriously By Others, India Needs to First Look Inside

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”
Several developments related to India call to mind William Shakespeare’s famous line in Julius Caesar.  The first are the tours of the United States undertaken last week by Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram and Commerce & Industry Minister Anand Sharma, …

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Taking the Wind out of the Sails of Piracy in West Africa

Taking the Wind out of the Sails of Piracy in West Africa

As 25 leaders from West and Central Africa convened for a two-day conference in Yaounde, Cameroon, global leaders awaited solutions from the summit on how to fix the challenges of security in the Gulf of Guinea. The region is crucial in the geopolitical scope for many …

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FPA’s Must Reads (May 17-24)

FPA’s Must Reads (May 17-24)

 
Russian Spy Games
By Edward Lucas
Foreign Affairs
The Cold War may have officially ended and the rest may be the new policy, but Russia and the U.S. are still adversaries, says Lucas. While Ryan Fogle’s, the 29-year-old third secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, gamble may seem absurd, the …

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