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March 5, 2014

Japan’s Painful Choice on the Ukraine Crisis

This post is one of a three-part Asia Unbound series on the implications for Asia of the crisis in Ukraine. See related posts from my colleagues Elizabeth Economy and Alyssa Ayres. The Russian decis…

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow

March 5, 2014

China’s Soft “Nyet” to Russia’s Ukraine Intervention

This post is one of a three-part Asia Unbound series on the implications for Asia of the crisis in Ukraine. See related posts from my colleagues Alyssa Ayres and Sheila Smith. Russia’s de facto as…

China's President Xi Jinping ( C) and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovich inspect honour guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 5, 2013. (Jason Lee/Courtesy Reuters)

May 27, 2014

Hello, Narendra Modi: Prime Minister of India

India did not produce Horatio Alger, but it certainly has produced a Horatio-Alger story: Narendra Modi. Yesterday the son of a poor tea seller took the oath of office as India’s fourteenth (or fifte…


July 24, 2014

Markey: Afghanistan Anxieties Reign in India and China

Daniel Markey is a senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.  This post is one of a three-part Asia Unbound series following a recent CFR trip to India…


July 24, 2014

All Roads Lead to Beijing

This post is one of a three-part Asia Unbound series following a recent CFR trip to India and China. See related posts from my colleagues Alyssa Ayres and Daniel Markey. Chinese president Xi Jinpi…

China's President Xi Jinping reviews an honor guard before a meeting with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on the sidelines of the 6th BRICS summit at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

April 20, 2015

India as Regional Power: Promoting Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Last month’s decision by President Obama to extend the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan is an important step in securing the substantial American investment there. This extension—which is and sh…

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) speaks as Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani watches during the opening session of 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu, Nepal, on November 26, 2014 (Courtesy Narendra Shrestha/Pool/Reuters).

June 3, 2016

Elections and Voting
Campaign 2016 Friday Foreign Policy Roundup: Hillary Clinton Questions Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Fitness

Hillary Clinton used her highly touted speech in San Diego yesterday to lace into Donald Trump. Her message was simple: Donald Trump’s ideas aren’t just different–they are dangerously incoherent. …


October 31, 2013

Prosperity and Politics

Two seemingly unrelated items caught my eye this week: one, the release of the new Legatum Prosperity Index, and the other, the release in Bangladesh of a transcript detailing an important and much-a…

Primary school students march by the bank of the river Buriganga during an event in support of education in Dhaka

November 7, 2013

Flying Objects, Different Zeitgeists

Since November began, I’ve been struck by the great gulf in the zeitgeist between India and Pakistan. I don’t mean the gulf in how each perceives the other, though, or any preoccupation of Indo-Pakis…

India launches a satellite carrying the Mars orbiter on November 5, 2013.

November 8, 2013

Human Rights
Maldivian Do-Over

On Saturday, November 9, Maldivians will return to the polls, again, to vote for president. But instead of being an occasion for celebration of democratic consolidation following a difficult year and…

A man casts his vote at a polling centre during the presidential elections in Male