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Other people’s secrets

The secret US intelligence files and diplomatic correspondence released by WikiLeaks have not stirred my interest enough to read them in detail. To me, most of them are other people’s secrets. Important as some of these might be, I find it somewhat indelicate to take advantage of the opportunity of studying them this way. At… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

In a recent post appeared on his Foreign Policy blog (“The United States is too secure for its own good“), Steven M. Walt, a Harvard professor of International Relations, blasts the American conservatives’ obstruction of the Start II ratification. As nuclear arms reduction seems to be at the core of the Obama administration’s foreign policy… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Whilst the world’s attention was recently focused on a relatively minor incident involving disputed islands in the South China Sea, the 4,000-km disputed border between India and China is quietly being beefed up militarily by both sides. In the words of M. Taylor Fravel, borders specialist with MIT, the border in question is “the most… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

This week Hanoi hosted the first-ever ASEAN defence ministers meeting plus (ADMM+), attended by 18 defence ministers. The ten ASEAN ministers were joined by their counterparts from China, the US, India, Russia,Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. The stated aim of the meeting was to create a framework for regional cooperation on security matters.… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

On the 4th of October, Nepalese authorities seized the ballots of Tibetan refugees voting in Kathmandu to select candidates for next year’s Tibetan government-in-exile general elections. As Nepal is itself in the midst of a powerful political crisis, its authorities are loath to antagonise either India or China on the Tibet issue. The approximately 120,000-strong… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

This autumn’s senatorial elections in the United States could affect the Democrats’ control over the institution. The prospect of a Senate controlled by Republicans has determined America’s leading conservative and neo-conservative think-tanks to join forces against the Obama administration. The strategy employed by the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute and the Foreign Policy Initiative… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Even as Western economists disagree as to the depth and duration of the current economic crisis, one thing is certain : it fosters closer economic cooperation between China and its Asian neighbours. The crisis might also generate unexpected peace dividends for the region. Speaking before the National People’s Congress yesterday, the Chinese premier claimed his… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi