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December 15, 2009

Shoals Ahead for the United States and India?

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Reed Manmohan Singh has come and gone, but his visit to Washington last month leaves several questions unanswered about the future of U.S.-India relations. Comparison…

Shoals Ahead for the United States and India?

March 22, 2010

Where’s the Tipping Point in U.S.-China Relations?

Photo Courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Lee Some of my old State Department colleagues tell me that the current downturn in U.S.-China relations is nothing new.  It’s just countercyclical, they say.  “Remem…

Where’s the Tipping Point in U.S.-China Relations?

April 27, 2010

India Is at the Top Table. Now What?

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Reed On Sunday, China and India enlarged their seats at the top table of international relations.  As part of a general increase in capital, rich countries agreed to …

India Is at the Top Table.  Now What?

May 24, 2010

Is the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Worth the Effort?

Jason Lee/Courtesy Reuters We have two new posts up on the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). The first, along with our colleagues Evan Feigenbaum and Steve Dunaway, covers a range …

China’s Vice Premier Wang Qishan gestures to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the opening ceremony of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing

June 24, 2010

Chinese Politics -- Not an Oxymoron!

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Lee I have a Ph.D. in Chinese politics—which means I have an abiding faith in the idea that, yes, China actually does have politics. That’s always been true, even in…

Chinese Politics -- Not an Oxymoron!

July 28, 2010

Energy and Climate Policy
Guest Post: Green Jobs Didn’t Fail to Sell the Climate Bill

This is a guest post from Jason Scott, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of EKO Asset Management Partners. Thanks to Michael for the opportunity to guest post. I consistently enjoy his often contraria…

August 23, 2010

Obama and Asia, with Apologies

Several months ago, after writing an article complaining about the Obama administration’s lack of a coherent Asia policy, I got a fair amount of angry responses, pointing out the ways in which the …

A man walks past a picture of U.S. President Obama outside the U.S. embassy in Beijing

September 27, 2010

Counting from one to two in China—a bigger leap than it seems

Something is afoot with China’s one-child policy, but no-one seems entirely sure what might be changing and when (see here and here). Everyone agrees that the policy has been "successful" in its orig…

A 76-year-old man plays with his granddaughter at a hutong (traditional neighbourhood) in Beijing August 21, 2006. China’s one-child policy has led to an aging population and labour shortages that could undermine a key basis for the country’s economic growth -- its seemingly endless supply of cheap workers, a newspaper said on Monday. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Jason Lee

October 4, 2010

Wen Jiabao’s Last Stand on Political Reform: Can he do it? Yes he can?

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has thrown down the gauntlet. In a fascinating interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Wen committed himself to fight for political reform, even in the face of what he acknowl…

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao (top) delivers a speech on a stage as other Chinese top leaders are seen at a reception marking the 61st anniversary of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing September 30, 2010. China celebrates its National Day on October 1.

October 15, 2010

Welcome! hoş geldiniz! !أهلا وسهلا! ברוכים הבאים

Welcome to my blog. I hope the site will be a forum for readers who share my passionate interest in all things Middle East. Sometimes I will post longer pieces (400-600 words) and, at other times…

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