"The story of Bush's eight-year pas de deux with the master of the Kremlin, reconstructed through interviews with key players and secret notes and memos, offers lessons for President Obama as he struggles to define his own approach to Putin and shape the future of the two nuclear powers."
Julia Sweig reflects on Washington's inconsistent response to outrage from foreign leaders at revelations of NSA spying, and on the roots and the implications of the United States' Euro-centric diplomacy.
"After all, Asia is no less a demanding theater than the Middle East. Indeed, dealing with it might require reconciling the pivot to Asia with an ongoing presence in the Middle East, if only because the two regions have much in common."
Indian and Chinese soft power is manifested in a variety of mediums, including traditional and pop culture, academic exchanges, and cuisine. Since soft power emanates from a country's history, culture, domestic political arrangements and civil society, it is difficult to measure its impact in a quantitative way as can be done with some forms of economic or military power, including aid and investment, infrastructure projects, and militarization. Thus, the effects of soft power are largely in the eye of the beholder.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Talks over Iran's nuclear program resume in Geneva; the U.S. Senate discusses the impact of sequestration on defense; and India hosts the World Chess Championship.
"The diplomatic deals the United States is pursuing to constrain Iran's nuclear program and destroy Syria's chemical weapons are not at odds with Gulf security. On the contrary, they are essential to prevent regimes hostile to Gulf interests from possessing the world's most dangerous weapons."
"Critics of General Tohamy say he was the quintessential Mubarak man, the handpicked guardian of the system of corruption and impunity that was a central grievance of the revolution of January 2011. And his swift and silent return, the critics say, signals a restoration of the old order after the military takeover."
After President Obama's cancelled trip to Asia this month, some analysts have posited that the U.S. pivot to Asia is dead. Not so fast, argues Elizabeth Economy. This assessment represents a fundamental misunderstanding of U.S. policy, and the United States still has multiple interests in the Asia Pacific.
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