The East and South China Seas are the scene of escalating territorial disputes between China and its neighbors, including Japan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The tensions, shaped by China's growing assertiveness, have fueled concerns over armed conflict and raised questions about Washington's security commitments in its strategic rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Diplomacy intensifies over chemical weapons in Syria; the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords is observed; and economies take stock five years after the Lehman Brothers collapse.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: The United States remembers the attacks of September 11, 2001; the U.S. Congress is expected to vote on Syria; and Australia holds general elections.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Trade officials debate the Trans-Pacific Partnership; Afghan president Hamid Karzai visits Pakistan; the UN Security Council reviews several missions; and the U.S. Open tennis tournament begins.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: U.S. diplomatic missions are set to reopen throughout the Middle East and Africa; U.S. and African officials discuss extending trade ties; and Mali holds a runoff presidential election.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani is sworn into office; President Obama marks six months into his second term; and Japan sends the first robotic astronaut into space.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe tours Southeast Asia; Mali and Cambodia hold elections; and Congress continues immigration and spending debates.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: India and China convene talks on Depsang border security; President Obama hosts Vietnamese president Truong Tan Sang; and Pope Francis visits Brazil.
In this special edition, CFR.org Editor Robert McMahon and CFR's Director of Studies Jim Lindsay start off the summer with a list of books that they will be reading in the weeks ahead. Listen in for recommendations from their reading lists, as well as reviews on books recently published by fellows at the Council on Foreign Relations.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: President Obama visits Africa; the U.S. expands sanctions on Iran; NATO's Secretary General goes to Georgia; and the U.N. reports on its Millennium Development Goals.
Global support for the "responsibility to protect" doctrine weakened after the UN-endorsed no-fly zone that helped topple Libya's regime, and debate continues over the threshold for mounting armed humanitarian interventions, explains this Backgrounder.
A preview of world events in the coming week from CFR.org: U.S. president Barack Obama hosts Chinese president Xi Jinping in California and Peru's president Ollanta Humala in Washington; and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies before the House budget committee.
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