8:40 pm October 19, 2014 | No Comment
It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of ASEM. It’s the third leg of a global triad connecting the world’s core region: NATO connects Europe with North America; APEC links East Asia with the Americas; while ASEM bridges East Asia and Europe. Without ASEM, the global architecture, imagined as a triad, would limp on two legs.
2:18 pm October 5, 2014 | No Comment
The reality is that regarding every controversial issue in which a P-5 member has a big stake, the Council simply morphs into the classic white elephant.
1:40 am September 22, 2014 | No Comment
Hamlet now resides in the White House, say observers with humor. In the Oval Office, he walks in slow circles, a hand propping his chin, reciting: “To act or not to act, that is the question…” To act or not to act — in Syria, in Ukraine, in the South China Sea. In Syria, the […]
12:05 am September 15, 2014 | No Comment
That, I think, is essentially another way of stating Obama’s strategy; it’s a Cold War strategy, one that will settle for a stalemate in case the enemy is too strong for the proxies to defeat. In this case, the enemy is the Islamic State and the proxies are the Syrian rebels, the Kurds, the Shi-as and the Sunni tribes that won’t accept the Islamic State.