As the United States strike force, led by the aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson, eventually arrives off the Korean coast, Washington is considering policy options. "Strategic patience" under recent presidents was an admission that all policy options had failed. It is certainly time for a new approach before North Korea is able to attach a reliable nuclear warhead to an accurate long range missile. A negotiated settlement facilitated by China is feasible and would be infinitely better than a military conflict. read more
April is an important month for Myanmar. Its first democratically elected government in decades completes its first year in office—but not to resounding applause. The criticism being expressed of the party in power, the National League for Democracy (NLD), and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has to do mainly with their handling of the Rohingya issue and tardy resolution of the ethnic conflict, besides Suu Kyi’s alienating personal leadership style. Reacting to this with some asperity in a read more
The 2017 Spring International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings begin later this week. Despite the tide of populism and geopolitical uncertainties, the global economic recovery is gaining traction. Have we reached a turning point? And are global reform commitments needed to sustain the recovery? The short answer to both questions is yes and yes. The growth outturns in the second half of last year have generally strengthened in the first quarter. Market sentiment has been rising, read more
On April 16, Turkey is going to the polls to vote on a hotly debated constitutional amendments package. The country has had referenda for constitutional amendments before now, but this is going to be the first one to change the system of government as a whole. Ever since the establishment of the Republic in 1923, the country has had a parliamentary system, albeit with its own idiosyncrasies. The proposed presidential system will also not be a system like that of the U.S., for example read more
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European defence companies can contribute significantly to India’s military modernisation under the ‘Make in India’ campaign. But before this can happen they will have to deepen their interactions in the country at the political and strategic levels to identify common areas of interest and understand India’s technological priorities in the sector
Over the last two decades, Germany has undergone a remarkable transformation on the global stage. With the weakening of the European Union and a withdrawal from the region from the United States, Germany will be a responsible, restrained, and reflective leader, guided in chief by its European instincts.
An earnestly, but objectively written, biography of the late prime minister gives credit where it has been denied: PVN was the principal architect of the economic reforms that put the country on a destiny-changing path of growth, while being up against a restless party, hostile Parliament, and an apathetic public.