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June 14, 2010

China
China’s Growing Transparency: Why it’s not all good news

Eliseo Fernandez/Courtesy Reuters The lack of transparency in Chinese strategic thinking and intentions has long been a bugaboo in U.S.-China relations. U.S. policymakers argue that it is hard to bu…

Chinese sailors stand guard onboard the Shi Jia Zhuang, a Luzhou class missile destroyer, at Valparaiso port, about 75 miles (121km) northwest of Santiago November 23, 2009. Two Chinese vessels docked at Valparaiso on Monday as the navies from both countries sought to exchange experiences as well as strengthen cooperation between each other. REUTERS/Eliseo Fernandez

June 30, 2010

China
McDonald’s vs. Yingli Solar

Darren Staples/Courtesy Reuters I like McDonald’s. In fact, I may be one of the few people who actually enjoys seeing, and occasionally eating at, the golden arches when I travel in Asia. However, w…

Germany’s Thomas Mueller shoots to score his team’s fourth goal against England during a 2010 World Cup second round soccer match at Free State stadium in Bloemfontein June 27, 2010.

June 2, 2010

A New Index of Energy Security

The Chamber of Commerce has released a new “Energy Security Index”. They’ve taken 37 indicators related to energy and security and combined them to create a master index of energy security risk. I en…

July 22, 2010

Trade
America is Being Left Behind in Asia ... East Asia Summit Edition

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Na Son-Nguyen/Pool So the U.S. is going to join the East Asia Summit (EAS) … and you can hear the cheers all the way to Hanoi. But why exactly are they cheering? Here are…

America is Being Left Behind in Asia ... East Asia Summit Edition

August 30, 2010

China
In China, Where You Sit is Where You Stand

Over at The New Yorker, Evan Osnos has posted a fun piece on his “Letter from China” blog.  He nicely captures the ambivalence so many in China seem to feel these days about becoming the world’s se…

In China, Where You Sit is Where You Stand

December 3, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Anglo-U.S. Relations Can Overcome WikiLeaks Fallout

The diplomatic fallout triggered by the Wikileaks debacle has been front and center this week. The Times of London asked me to comment on what the leaked cables mean for the special relationship wi…

Anglo-U.S. Relations Can Overcome WikiLeaks Fallout

December 5, 2010

Climate Change
What do Julian Assange and (Some) Climate Activists Have in Common?

Answer: Both don’t seem to understand that effective diplomacy requires some secrecy. Here’s what I mean. Assange, the man behind WikiLeaks, seems to think that indiscriminately publishing hundreds …

November 8, 2010

United States
Egypt Week in Washington?

Last week was Egypt week in Washington.  On Tuesday, a bipartisan group of policy analysts, former government officials, and democracy advocates visited with National Security Council staff to expr…

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December 30, 2010

China
The Top 10 Asia Events of 2010

A man looks a screen outside a United Overseas Bank branch in Singapore's financial district on October 31, 2008. (Vivek Prakash/Courtesy Reuters) The Great Foreign Policy Reveal Chalk up 2010 …

 man looks a screen outside a United Overseas Bank branch in Singapore’s financial district on October 31, 2008.

December 24, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Vacation Time

Above the fold. So President Obama is now off on vacation in Hawaii. He presumably will enjoy it, having crossed repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" and passage of the New START Treaty off his to…

Friday File: Vacation Time