The next years will see most, if not all, of NATO's major military operations draw down as the Alliance finds itself, for the first time in twenty years, without a major operation to run.
Many major countries are facing elections in 2012, where the economy is dominating the political scene, potentially hindering progress on forming agreements for measures to combat climate change.
Mitigating lingering distrust among China, the United States and Russia is necessary to forestall derailment of future strategic arms reduction treaties.
The U.S. pivot to the Asia-Pacific has created both tension and opportunity in its relations with China.
The month of March 2012 marked two major developments in the realm of nuclear safety and nuclear security with the one-year anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi and the second Nuclear Security Summit held in Seoul.
Recent ratcheting up of rhetoric between China and the Philippines highlight the complexity and intensity of maritime disputes.
The Strategic and Economic Dialogue, scheduled to be held in May 2012, will mark the first formal U.S.-China bilateral dialogue since the United States announced its strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific region last year.
China and Russia have a nuanced and complex relationship, particularly when it comes to nuclear deterrence and arms control.
With aviation emissions predicted to grow 300 to 400 percent between 2005 to 2050, the outcry over the EU’s new aviation policy feeds into the larger debate between trade interests and climate change initiatives.
China's growing involvement in conflict-affected states has been criticized for being focused on profits at the expense of stability and accountability. At the same time, China's investments in infrastructure especially can have a stabilizing effect. These different perspectives arouse a debate on China's aid and investment model and the implications of this model for other actors.
As Iran continues to expand its nuclear activities in defiance of its international obligations, politicians in the United States, Israel, and elsewhere are increasingly weighing a military conflict to head off the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran.
Despite common views on international affairs and economic interests, the Russian-Chinese relationship is weak—even in the sphere of energy trade—and needs to be strengthened.
Since the Sino-U.S. rapprochement in the 1970s, trade between the United States and China has ballooned to over $400 billion dollars. While trade forms the bedrock of bilateral relations, significant hurdles still need to be resolved in order to further economic cooperation.
The impact of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster on the global nuclear energy industry can clearly be seen one year later. Countries around the world with civilian nuclear programs have all learned lessons from the Fukushima disaster, most importantly that international best practices must be adhered to if countries wish to minimize the risk of such disasters in the future.
The CPGS program aims to develop high-precision conventional munitions capable of hitting a target anywhere in the world within one hour. Despite repeated assertions by the U.S. government that CPGS is to be a “niche” capability, not intended to affect strategic balances with Russia or China, neither Moscow nor Beijing fully trusts these assurances.
Fukushima serves as an important case study to understand how far nuclear safety can be improved and illustrates how important it is that these improvements are made if nuclear power is to become socially acceptable.
No country generates as many different economic forecasts and interpretations than China. Some analysts claim that China is an unstoppable economic power, while others warn that China’s economic growth is unstable, unbalanced, and unsustainable.
As China’s global presence grows, the role that it will play in the international systems remains hotly contested both inside and outside of country.
Amid discussions of a U.S. decline, the role that China will play as a global leader becomes an ever more heated topic. However, debate remains about whether China is ready or willing to be a global leader.
With the death of Kim Jong-Il, global attention has refocused and intensified on North Korea and the Six Party Talks—halted since April 2009.