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.
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.
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.
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.
A number of important decisions and agreements were reached between parties of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa, although many issues remain unresolved.
Conditionality poses the most significant difference in how aid is given by Western nations and China.
China’s traditional diplomacy is at a crossroads as it adjusts to the new global order. The financial crises, climate change, and regional instability have propelled China into a new global role and in turn, a new era of diplomacy.
Recently, China announced that it is considering an offer by the Seychelles to use its ports for resupplying naval vessels. Meanwhile, India is believed to be planning a cooperative effort with Vietnam on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea.
The Obama administration requested a ten percent increase in 2012 for funding for weapons activities under the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). This increase has raised questions in China about U.S. commitment to disarmament and strategic stability.
The Russian Empire is gone and it is never coming back. Russia must now take steps as a post-imperial nation to quickly modernize lest it becomes marginalized in the evolving global order.
Part of Vladimir Putin’s grand vision for the Russian state includes the formation of a Eurasian Union. Since 2009, his foreign policy strategy has been aimed at attracting foreign investors and integrating the former Soviet states.
On April 8, 2010, Russia and the United States signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), which limits both countries’ deployed strategic warheads and demonstrates U.S. and Russian commitment to Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
The International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) report’s assemblage of evidence and meticulous sourcing on Iran's nuclear program elicited questions as to whether it would compel countries like China and Russia to undertake a stronger stance.
The key facets of the China’s developmental model could be useful for the world’s emerging economies to emulate.