Under the rising influence of social media, "real-time diplomacy" has challenged traditional forms of diplomacy.
Coal now accounts for 80 percent of China’s power generation. This has a severe impact on air pollution and the health of the Chinese population.
Changing weather patterns prompted by global climate change have highlighted how important adaptation is to counter the growing number of floods, droughts, and storms in China.
Although a diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis is looking increasingly unlikely, the alternatives of sanctions or military force each have their own set of problems and implications for Chinese and U.S. relations with Iran.
Diversifying into China's rapidly expanding market is a boon for Latin American exporting countries, but fears of Chinese dumping and cheap imports have strained what could be a positive and mutually beneficial relationship.
With François Hollande's recent election as president of France, the ideological change in leadership comes at a critical time for both France and the EU, and will undoubtedly have a profound impact on the EU and its relations with China.
Myanmar’s colonial past still strongly informs the current political debate in that country and the population’s perceptions of foreign presence.
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.