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Cooperation or Competition: Chinese and Russian Eurasian Projects

With President Xi Jinping’s announcement of the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) initiative and Russia’s economic weakness, Chinese influence is spreading across Eurasia. Faced with China’s growing strength, Vladimir Putin recently proposed the integration of China’s OBOR and the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union. Is this the beginning of a new “Great Game” between Moscow and Beijing, or a budding Russia-China condominium? What are the implications for Sino-Russian relations, for Eurasia, and for the interests of the United States?

Why Safety Can Be Dangerous: A Conversation with Gregory Ip

Public Engagement in an Age of Complexity, a project of the Science & Technology Innovation Program, is proud to welcome Gregory Ip to discuss his latest book, Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe (Little, Brown).

A Long Period of Healing – The Role of Religion in the Transition from Communism to Democracy

Alexander Solzhenitsyn once answered the question of what would follow communism: a very, very long period of healing.  Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik, former advisor to Vaclav Havel and Pope John Paul II, reflects on the transition from communism to democracy and the important role of churches and faith-based communities in the process. Could the experiences of Central and Eastern Europe be useful for "creating a biosphere of democracy" in other parts of the world?

Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750

In Restless Empire, award-winning historian Odd Arne Westad traces China’s complex foreign affairs over the past 250 years, identifying the forces that will determine the country’s path in the decades to come. Since the height of the Qing Empire in the eighteenth century, China’s interactions—and confrontations—with foreign powers have caused its worldview to fluctuate wildly between extremes of dominance and subjugation, emulation and defiance. From the invasion of Burma in the 1760s to the Boxer Rebellion in the early 20th century to the 2001 standoff over a downed U.S.

Korea's Growing Role in Asia: Regional Cooperation and National Unification

South Korea's geopolitical position dictates that the country needs to maintain a strong alliance with the US while exploring a harmonious partnership with China to protect and pursue its national interests. Preventing excessive conflicts between China and Japan also serves the interests of South Korea in terms of preserving peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

Assessing the State of Russian Media

Over the last several years independent media has virtually disappeared from the Russian airwaves, giving way to state-run television and print outlets, censorship, and outright propaganda. What is the state of the Russian media today? To what extent is independent journalism still possible in Russia? What can media organizations and individual journalists do to counteract Kremlin propaganda?

Photo by Maks Karochkin

Three Tigers, One Mountain: China, Japan and America in the Asian Century


Sino-Japanese relations have descended into poisonous acrimony in recent years in battles over history and disputed territory, leaving the United States--still east Asia's major power--a virtual bystander.

The Heart of the Matter: Reassessing the Foundations of U.S.-China Relations

President Obama and General Secretary Xi achieved incremental progress in several issue areas at their recent summit, but did not address the most important question in U.S.-China relations, at least during their public sessions: Is there a sustainable foundation for the U.S.-China relationship and what strategies and dispositions will secure both sides’ interests, and the peace, over the next two decades?