As Indonesia hosts a number of high-level summits this year, it looks set to take its place among the world’s economic superstars. But celebrations are premature: although Indonesia has made great strides, its gains are reversible. To continue to prosper, Jakarta must address rampant corruption and poor governance
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Is China poised to take over from the United States as the world’s leading economy? Yes, judging by its GDP, trade flows, and ability to act as a creditor to the rest of the world. In fact, China’s economic dominance will be far greater and come about far sooner than most observers realize.
India and the United States have grown close very quickly over the last decade. Their commitment towards the war on terror, pursuit of joint energy security, and the prevention of the proliferation of nuclear weaponry are some on a long list of common goals.
While carbon capture fitted coal plants are opening all over the world, the global demand for cheap energy is climbing. The initial investment for carbon capture technologies, though, is high, and green technologies are struggling to have an impact on pollution levels.
India has pursued a careful, well-thought out policy to prove that it can be a responsible permanent member on the UN Security Council.
In 2001, fearing ethnic strife, the international community pushed for a strong central government in Kabul. But such fears fostered a system of regional and ethnic patronage. To correct matters, the U.S. should de-emphasize Afghanistan’s ethnic fault lines and push for more devolved and inclusive governance.
Both Tokyo and New Delhi see each other as reliable partners, and continue to do so after the Japanese earthquake and nuclear disaster. The Japan-India relations in the post-disaster environment must be understood in terms of humanitarian, economic and strategic dimensions.
Henry Kissinger's new book argues that the United States should yield gracefully to China's rise; Aaron Friedberg's gives the opposite advice. By focusing on intentions instead of capabilities, both books overstate China's actual power.
On May 1998, as India declared itself as a nuclear weapons state, it also committed its nuclear program to the No First Use of nuclear weapons policy. Consequently, the policy has been viewed as a democratic option, but what does this say about India?
The AKP’s reaction to this spring’s uprisings in the Middle East seemed haphazard at times. But a closer look reveals that the party was actually learning to balance hard regional interests with its stated values – as all major powers must do.