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Tribunal Ruling a Double-Edged Sword for China's Neighbors

On 12 July, a tribunal in The Hague handed down a ruling in the arbitration case instituted by the Philippines against China, brought before the court three years ago.

The tribunal, set up under the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, ruled in favour of the Philippines, concluding that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources in the South China Sea falling within the idiosyncratic "nine-dash line" that had been used in some Chinese maps.

War Fever

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Recently, I grabbed a taxi in Moscow. When the driver asked me where I was from, I told him the United States.  “I went there once,” he said, “to Chicago. I really liked it.”

“But tell me something,” he added. “When are we going to war?”

The question, put so starkly, so honestly, shocked me. “Well, I hope never,” I replied. “No one wants war.”

NATO 2.0

If you are working at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters in Brussels, these are heady and daunting times. If you are Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s military commander, your adrenaline is up, there is urgency in your step, but you may not be getting much sleep. Last week, the 28-member grouping convened for a biennial summit, this one in Poland, in President Obama’s words, “at the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the Cold War.”

One Year After Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Rights Violations and Regional Aggression Continue

A year after ​world powers signed an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program, the regime in Tehran continues to engage in developing ballistic missile technology, human rights violations, aggressive behavior in the region, and anti-American and anti-semitic rhetoric.

Japan’s Abe Closer to His Dream

Japan has plenty to be fearful about, not least its murky economic outlook and ever-rising tensions with North Korea as well as China.

All along, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reaction to the massive challenges which his country faces has been focused on institutional change. He was keen to obtain the necessary majorities in both houses of the Japanese parliament to be able to change the constitution.

A Year On, Iran’s Nuclear Deal is Helping its Economy, but not as Much as Some Hoped

Iran’s economy has slowly but measurably rebounded in the year since Tehran signed a historic nuclear deal with the world’s six major powers. The two most tangible changes have been the increase in oil exports–which have nearly doubled since sanctions were lifted on Jan. 16–and the dozens of foreign trade and investment deals Iran has negotiated.

Reappraising Extended Deterrence

How should the US manage its alliances? Should the US establish a multilateral nuclear policy dialogue in Asia? What capabilities might reassure European allies in light of current Russian revisionism? Do nuclear weapons strengthen these alliances, or do they introduce a divisive bone of contention?

Making Peace with the West, One Country at a Time

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What Attacks in Baghdad, Istanbul and Saudi Arabia Show About Terrorism and the New Normal

What More U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Can–and Can’t–Fix

There were many reasons not to be surprised by President Barack Obama‘s announcement Wednesday that 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan by year’s end—more than the previously planned drawdown level of 5,500.