Global Governance

Is Russia Becoming Central Asia's Near Abroad?: Distinguished Speaker Lecture with S. Frederick Starr

Russia's relationship to Central Asia has always been distinctive and ambiguous, in contrast to its attitude toward both Ukraine and the Caucasus. Only in the twentieth century did it develop a deep sense of mission there, and then only at the hands of a small number of ideologues.  
 

Five Nations Bicker over Whether the Caspian is Lake or Sea

BY RAHIM RAHIMOV

Environmental Concerns - Brazil 2018 Understanding the Issues

Brazil, a country of continental proportion with large reserves of biodiversity and an extensive hydrologic system, has a complex environmental architecture with unique challenges. Brazil is home to 60 percent of the world’s largest rainforest, the Amazon. However, despite the forest’s importance as a biodiversity hub and a carbon sink, its deforestation levels are approaching a critical point of no return.

Aspen Security Forum: America First

From pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate accord, to questioning the value of NATO and imposing tariffs on European allies, to renegotiating NAFTA, to tearing up the Iranian nuclear agreement, to promising to pull troops out of Afghanistan and Syria in the not too distant future, President Trump is upending 70 years of foreign policy orthodoxy in pursuit of his “America First” agenda. Meanwhile, a rising China and a revanchist Russia are working feverishly to fill the void.

Modi’s Vision: ASEAN and Indo-Pacific Security

There was no shortage of topics for discussion among delegates at this year’s iteration of the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) held in Singapore earlier this month, the spotlight was on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who gave his first keynote address to Asia’s premier security summit since it was inaugurated in 2002.

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