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January 15, 2010

China
The Fallout from Google

I am going to stay away from the by now well-trod debate about why Google made its decision to stop censoring the web and possibly retreat from the China market (you can read those here, here, here, …

May 14, 2010

Trade
America, Trade, and Asia

Photo courtesy of the MIT Visualizing Cultures project. Here’s the thing about trade policy:  the United States can’t be a leader in Asia without one. That was true in the 19th century, as fast-sai…

America, Trade, and Asia

May 3, 2010

Cybersecurity
Apples Are to Oranges As Cyber Is To?

Photo courtesy of flickr/Dano Cyber conflict remains an issue in search of a conceptual framework. In his widely noted, and controversial piece in the Washington Post, Michael McConnell, the forme…

Apples Are to Oranges As Cyber Is To?

March 9, 2010

Japan
Notes From the (Cyber) Road: Japan

I am in Japan and Korea this week, doing some interviews on cybersecurity issues. You can get a pretty good overview of current Japanese policy in this document from the National Information Security…

April 26, 2010

Thailand
Thailand’s Winners and Losers

Photo Courtesy of Reuters/Stringer Thailand More violence looms in Bangkok – the military reportedly will crack down on protestors camped out in the business district within 48 hours – so it seems l…

Thailand’s Winners and Losers

April 5, 2010

China
Water Woes and Worries in China

One of the big stories in China right now is the serious water scarcity plaguing much of the country. While China often confronts serious seasonal droughts—last year northern China experienced the wo…

Water Woes and Worries in China

August 10, 2010

China
And the Winner is…Vietnam

All the finger-pointing and analysis about the Obama administration’s decision to wade more deeply into disputes over the South China Sea seems to have focused on whether Washington or Beijing have…

A Vietnamese flag flutters as a motorboat transporting Vietnamese navy personnel passes a construction site of a new pier on Truong Sa islands or Spratly islands

January 25, 2011

Congresses and Parliaments
Watching the State of the Union Address

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington. (Larry Downing/courtesy Reuters) President Obama goes before a joint session of Congress at 9 p.m. tonight to deliver the S…

President Obama walks along the White House Colonnade today in Washington.

August 17, 2010

Indonesia
Indonesia: Winning on Terror, but not on Tolerance

Last week, Indonesia arrested Abu Bakir Basyir, the most prominent militant cleric in the country, and a man believed to be the spiritual leader of Jemaah Islamiah and its offshoots. The government…

Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir is escorted by the police as he arrives at the police headquarters in Jakarta

February 21, 2011

TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day Because It Is the Day of Presidents

President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) Being president o…

 U.S. President George W. Bush meets with former Presidents and President-elect Obama in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, January 2009.