April 23, 2014
Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan supported Russian President Vladimir Putin’s power grab of Ukraine’s Crimea region and intend to sign the treaty to establish his ambitious Eurasian Economic Union next month, but the Kremlin’s bad behavior is causing some consternation among its allies. With even Europe’s last dictator, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko, breaking ranks with his buddies in the Kremlin over Ukraine, Putin’s Eurasian dream is unlikely to become the united rival to the European Union he desperately wants to create.
Putin’s Ukraine Moves Rattle His Eurasian Union Allies
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, right, arrive at a meeting of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council at the Kremlin in Moscow on Dec. 24, 2013. (Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)
New Report Shows Japan Losing Faith in US Protection
July 16, 2013
Japan’s recently published Defense Ministry white paper sees rising tensions with China and North Korea as possibly escalating to war. The report emphasizes the importance of Japan’s military forces as the ultimate guarantor against “invasion” and Japan’s ability to project power as a means of deterring aggression. Historically, Japan’s pacifist constitution and reliance on security guarantees from the United States have led Tokyo to focus on diplomacy and negotiation as the primary bulwark of Japan’s security.
Why Now Might Be the Time to Invest in Russia
July 16, 2013
Special Economic Analysis
by Peter Warburton, PhD


At face value, Russia should be the destination of choice for investors: Government debt is low, the budget is balanced, the country is politically stable and Russian stocks are very cheap in relation to stocks in almost any another other country. Moreover, Russia has vast natural resources, a highly educated labor force, a large consumer market and abundant land. It is time for investors to take another look.
US Struggles to Respond to Egyptian Coup
July 16, 2013
SITUATION REPORT
 
Almost two weeks after the July 3 military coup that ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the United States has sent Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to Cairo to help jumpstart a quick transition to democracy. The coup has placed the United States in a difficult position in Egypt and across the region and Burns’ visit was not welcomed by some key Egyptian players.
Syria: Assad Regime Bolstered by Rebel Infighting
July 15, 2013
SITUATION REPORT

Infighting among the Syrian rebels and a growing radical Islamist presence among rebel fighters has grown in recent months and may be boosting the Assad regime by undermining the effectiveness of the rebels and their support from the West. More troubling, however, may be the way that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plans to exploit this development and the military coup in Egypt to increase his hold on power.
Why Raul Castro is Rushing to Reform Cuba's Economy
July 15, 2013

After decades of economic stagnation, Cuban efforts to modernize the country’s economy appear to be gaining steam, although not fast enough to promote badly needed growth. Capitalism remains a dirty word in Cuba, yet moves toward private initiatives in a variety of industries — along with efforts to deregulate state-run companies — signal the start of a transition toward a mixed economy, change that appears to have the imprimatur of the highest levels of political leadership.

Euroskeptics Pushing Britain Closer to EU Breakup
July 15, 2013
Euroskepticism in the United Kingdom is growing into an increasingly dominant influence on British politics as the government moves forward with plans to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. The movement received a major boost last week after lawmakers in the House of Commons from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party overwhelmingly voted to support a bill that would require the government to hold a referendum on London’s membership in the union by the end of 2017.
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