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June 3, 2013

China
The Shangri-La Dialogue: A Wrap-up

As always, at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, the premier Asian regional security forum, the most important news had to be read in the subtexts, beneath the usual cant and pleasantries. …

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during the first plenary session of the 12th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue, in Singapore on June 1, 2013.

June 3, 2011

Thailand
What to Watch for At the Upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak gives the opening keynote speech at the 10th International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore J…

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak gives the opening keynote speech at the 10th International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore June 3, 2011.

September 2, 2011

Economics
Reads of the Week: Public Opinion in Mexico and Guatemala, Argentine Elections, and the Fall of “La Barbie”

Argentine President Fernandez waves to supporters after hearing the first results of the nationwide primary election in Buenos Aires (Enrique Maracarian/Courtesy Reuters). The Pew Research Center re…

Reads of the Week: Public Opinion in Mexico and Guatemala, Argentine Elections, and the Fall of “La Barbie”

December 7, 2015

Syria
Syria: The Need for Diplomacy and De-escalation

Introduction Of all the factors currently tearing the Middle East apart, none is more consequential than the war in Syria.  The war has left some 250,000 Syrians dead, seven million internally dis…

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March 23, 2009

Monetary Policy
Financial de-globalization, illustrated

The financial world has changed -- even if the scale of the change isn’t obvious in the financial sector’s 2008 bonuses. Here is one indication of the scale of the change: the US government was…

Financial de-globalization, illustrated

November 28, 2011

United States
Syria: Military Intervention A La Carte

Opposition delegation of the Syrian National Council, led by Chairman Burhan Ghalioun, attend a news conference during their visit to Moscow on November 15, 2011 (Denis Sinyakov/Courtesy Reuters). A…

Opposition delegation of the Syrian National Council, led by Chairman Burhan Ghalioun, attend a news conference during their visit to Moscow on November 15, 2011 (Denis Sinyakov/Courtesy Reuters).

July 22, 2011

Yemen
Weekend Reading: Drones, Graffiti, and La Volte-Face

Tribesmen loyal to Yemeni opposition tribal chief Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar guard outside al-Ahmar's headquarters in Sanaa (Suhaib Salem/Courtesy Reuters) A very interesting anecdote on and look …

Weekend Reading: Drones, Graffiti, and La Volte-Face

July 14, 2015

United States
Multilateralism à la Carte: The New World of Global Governance

Back in 2001, State Department policy planning director Richard N. Haass coined a catchy new foreign policy phrase: “multilateralism à la carte.” Asked by the New York Times about why the administrat…

A view of the United Nations headquarters in New York.

December 28, 2017

United States
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2017

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2017 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

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December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries