by Ian Goldin and Pascal Lamy
Preoccupied with the present, preparing for the future seems a luxury for today’s governments, especially democracies. Why has gridlock prevailed where action is imperative? Five barriers explain why government organizations and global governance are failing.
by Goitom Gebreluel
The Nile has been the center of a millennia-long Egyptian-Ethiopian rivalry that has grown particularly tense in recent decades. Yet, despite Egyptian concerns, Ethiopia’s expected completion in 2015 of the first hydroelectric dam on
the Blue Nile may initiate a process leading to the cessation of Africa’s oldest geopolitical rivalry.
by Brad Glosserman
Insisting that Japan is a great power, as Prime Minister Abe and others have, sets Tokyo up for failure by setting unrealistic and unrealizable standards. Accepting its limits and recalibrating its ambitions would permit Japan to be assessed according to its own criteria: as what might be called a responsible, problem-solvingor postmodernmiddle power.
by Harry Verhoeven
The model of Chinese foreign policy has been changing: Beijing is de facto gradually abandoning its commitment to staying out of domestic politics of African states. In effect, the PRC is slowly but surely giving up its controversial policy of non-interference.
by Stephen Biddle
In an important sense, emerging debates on the war’s lessons are premature. The war in Afghanistan is not over; nor is it ending anytime soon. Nevertheless, before conventional wisdom consolidates, two observations on counterinsurgency are worth considering now: whether it can work and how to approach governance reform.
by Shashank Joshi
For India, the Western drawdown of forces in Afghanistan will represent the greatest adverse structural shift in its security environment for over a decade. Yet, a fundamental congruity of interests between Washington and New Delhi,
and opportunities for cooperation, remain.
by Sandra Destradi
If the West wants to harness the potential of cooperating with India in Afghanistan, it needs a better appreciation of India’s engagement and motivations, as well as of New Delhi’s assets and concerns about Afghanistan’s future.
by Kayhan Barzegar
Since 2001, this Iranian scholar argues, Iran has sought to establish security and stability, while advancing regional cooperation in Afghanistan. The only way to manage conflict in the post-exit era is for the West to accept the legitimacy of increased regional cooperation, including Iran’s involvement.
by Sumitha Narayanan Kutty
When it comes to Afghanistan’s future, the United States ironically has more in common with Iran than it does with Pakistan. As Western troops draw down, a look inside Iran’s enduring interests, means to secure them, unique assets, and goals that may or not conflict with other regional actors.