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Google vs. China

Google vs. China

News of the disaster in Haiti drowned out most other concerns last week but the earthquake was not the only newsworthy thing that happened in the world. Earlier the same day as the earthquake, Google posted a surprising message on its official company blog that raised the possibility the search engine giant may leave the […]

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Nigeria Round-up

1) Although Nigeria reached a tentative peace agreement with the militants in the Niger delta region in October, the fledgling peace was threatened by attacks of a Chevron Nigeria pipeline last week. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), according to the Associated Press, claims they sanctioned the attack but did not […]

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China’s Afghan Investment

FPA has a new China blogger that I highly recommend checking out. His name is Henry Hoyle and he wrote this great piece on the numerous implications of China’s Aynak investment in Afghanistan. Here it is in full below: China’s Afghan Investment: Brilliant Strategy or Expensive Gamble? The December 31st NYT had a great in-depth […]

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More Free Trade and the Filipino Gun Ban

More Free Trade and the Filipino Gun Ban

ASEAN and U.S.:  As predicted by this blog, the Obama Administration is moving to create a comprehensive political-economic rapprochement with East and Southeast Asia.  The economic arm of this policy direction will branch off of the existing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  So far, the TTP includes a free-trade agreements (FTA) with Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and […]

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Economic Advisory: Don’t Bet Against China

Economic Advisory: Don’t Bet Against China

While it appears that China’s success and emergence is unsettling to many and is becoming the source of American angst toward China, rather than resent the shift of economic power from West to East, we may have something to learn from their ancient civilization.

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China & ASEAN Economics and Malaysian Sectarian Violence

China & ASEAN Economics and Malaysian Sectarian Violence

ASEAN and China:  This blog has spent considerable time following the ASEAN+China free trade deal from the perspective of various nations in the region.  The Asia Times has a new article concerning the “win-win” possibilities of the deal and what the incentive is for ASEAN nations.  It also provides some telling data: According to estimates […]

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The New Scramble

If natural gas is so cheap right now, limping along between $2.50 and $5.50 per thousand cubic feet, why did Exxon pay the equivalent of $41 billion for natural gas giant XTO Energy? There is a global glut of natural gas, which won’t be disappearing any time soon. I can think of a couple reasons. […]

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Human Rights Round Up

With the holidays coming up and getting the 2009 Year in Review together, we have been a bit light on posting. However here are some links to a few of the human rights stories from this past week. Detained in Iran, Russia, and China Last week NPR reported on three human rights stories from Iran, […]

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SE Asia: 2009 Year In Review

SE Asia: 2009 Year In Review

Overview: The predominant trend in Southeast Asia this year has been one of increasing regional integration, but this has been tempered by historic issues of nationalism, which continue to challenge the region and serve as the largest obstacle for a more united ASEAN.  2009, was an excellent year for various free trade initiatives, between ASEAN […]

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Of Copenhagen and the Trials of International Consensus

The impact of the global financial crisis creates an illusion that there are real prospects for effective co-operation to reach long-term global goals. Despite China’s immaculate hosting of the Olympic Games and its inevitable rise to the global negotiation tables as a key decision-maker, reality forces her to come to terms with her own pressing […]

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Copenhagen Should Not Surprise

Everyone seems shocked and discouraged by the outcome in Copenhagen. They shouldn’t be. We must control emissions. So why wasn’t there a deal that made everyone happy? Because that’s the nature of multilateral negotiations, with scores of parties with scores of interests. They are always, always like this, as anyone who has studied them knows: […]

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The Year in Review for Energy and Natural Resources

Overview 2009 was all about China. Early in the year, when energy prices crashed due to disappearing demand, oil sank to slightly more than $30 barrel from its mid-2008 high of $147 and natural gas from $14 to around $3 per thousand cubic feet. China, flush with cash, for all practical purposes stabilized the market […]

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2009: The world in transition

It’s been, indeed, a transitional year for the world. In the midst of a devastating global economic downturn, Barack Obama took the U.S. presidency January 20. In many ways, it has been the year of Obama. A strategic review of Afghan policy in March ended with sending more troops—and President Obama doubled down on a […]

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Monday's news

1) Greece is at serious risk of total economic collapse—Prime Minister George Papandreou is proposing dramatic spending cuts, and tax hikes on banker’s bonuses, to ease the crisis. 2) Dubai has been bailed out by Abu Dhabi to the tune of $10 billion. 3) From FP: “How we invaded Afghanistan” (the Russians) 4) The New […]

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Op-Eds

1) (Dawn, Pakistan) Iran Husain tackles a fundamental issue in South Asian affairs: Pakistan as a security state. 2) (The Daily Star, Lebanon) Saif Nasrawi examines a growing political trend in Egypt. 3) (Hindustan Times, India) The Indo-Chinese climate change axis. 4) (Dar al-Hayat, Lebanon) Abdullah Iskandar on the Kurdish question and democratic government in […]

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