24 Apr 2015
China’s Silk Road Economic Belt: Geopolitical Challenges in Central Asia
Author: Zhang Hongzhou, Arthur Guschin
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS)
This commentary discusses the position of Central Asian states and Russia towards China’s Silk Road Economic Belt (SREB) initiative, the aim of which is to enhance the infrastructural and economic connections between China and Europe.
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16 Apr 2015
The True ‘Arab Exception’
Author: Haizam Amirah-Fernández
Elcano Royal Institute of International and Strategic Studies
This paper discusses the so-called “Arab exception”, which refers to the alleged inability of Arab societies to transition from authoritarian to democratic political systems.
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14 Apr 2015
What Lies behind the Anti-West Outburst in Russia?
Author: Justyna Prus, Stanislav Secrieru
Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM)
This bulletin discusses Russian public opinion toward Ukraine, the US and the EU, contending that there was a dramatic negative turn against all three in 2014.
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9 Apr 2015
A New Security Policy for Japan
Author: Takashi Kawamoto
Pacific Forum CSIS
This paper discusses the risks that face the Asia-Pacific region from natural disasters and insurgencies as well as what policy Japan can adopt to help manage potential disasters in the region.
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A Legacy of Peace: The US-Japan Partnership after 70 Years
Author: Petra Kubalkova, John Warden, Mari Skudlarick, Denny Roy
Pacific Forum CSIS
This conference report of the Pacific Forum's CSIS's "Young Leaders Workshop" held in February 2015, discusses the state of the US-Japan partnership, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the WWII in the Pacific theater.
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Arab League Summit Report
Author: Omar Sheira, Muhammed Ammash
Global Political Trends Center (GPoT)
This report summarizes the main topics discussed at the Arab League Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt in 2015.
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