Global Governance

Analysis Brief

Trading Places

With a chill setting in on the Geneva-based world trade talks, the Bush administration has shifted into high gear on negotiating smaller free trade agreements. But there are mixed views on how much the new deals matter and what they are doing to the global trading system.

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Analysis Brief

Taylor Faces War Crimes Hearing

Former Liberian president and strongman Charles Taylor has been taken to Sierra Leone under UN custody to face war crimes proceedings. His case will be watched closely on a continent where predatory leaders are rarely held accountable for their crimes.

See more in Courts and Tribunals; Liberia

Analysis Brief

Closure Sought on Kosovo

Kosovo's independence is in view, experts say, after years of war, occupation, ethnic infighting, and protracted negotiations. Final settlement talks are aiming to close a chapter on one of Europe's most intractable disputes.

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Japan’s Maritime Disputes: Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Authors: Sheila A. Smith and Charles McClean
Center for Naval Analyses

Sheila A. Smith and Research Associate Charles T. McClean argue that U.S. interests are affected by all three of Japan's territorial disputes with its neighbors. While the United States cannot resolve these disputes, it can and should do all that it can to promote peaceful dispute resolution and a lessening of military tensions.

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Holding Sway

Author: Jerome A. Cohen
South China Morning Post

Jerome A. Cohen says the Communist Party's sustained efforts since June 4 to influence China's courts for its own ends may be easing, but judicial independence is still a long way off.

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Missing Mahmoud

Author: Reza Aslan
Foreign Policy

With Ayatollah Khamenei set to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a "fawning admirer" of his choosing, Ahmadinejad may be missed for his ability to challenge the Islamic Republic's ruling religious hierarchy.

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