Far Eastern Promises

Why Washington Should Focus on Asia

Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner
Change your perspective: A worker cleans the windows of a building in Beijing's central business district, April 4, 2007.
Change your perspective: A worker cleans the windows of a building in Beijing's central business district, April 4, 2007. (Reinhard Krause / Courtesy Reuters)
Asia is going to command ever more attention and resources from the United States, thanks to the region’s growing prosperity and influence and the enormous challenges the region poses. The Obama administration’s pivot or rebalancing makes sense; the challenge now is giving it proper form, substance, and resources.
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Hip-Hop Diplomacy

Hisham Aidi
Washington is increasingly worried that European Muslims, alienated from their home countries, could pose a threat to the West. They've decided to mitigate that risk by leveraging the popularity of African American culture -- and of hip-hop music, above all.
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NATO After Crimea

Michael O'Hanlon
Should Russia march into eastern Ukraine, the best way to respond would be to set up a permanent brigade of American light forces in the most vulnerable NATO members, namely, the Baltics -- Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: Why Niebuhr Now?

G. John Ikenberry
This little book by the late historian Diggins seeks to explain Niebuhr’s continuing appeal.
Ukrainian riot policemen guard the regional administration building in central Donetsk, March 22, 2014.
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Maria Popova

Given Ukraine's rule-of-law problems, it is not surprising that one of the Euromaidan protesters’ top demands was for legal reform. Nor is it surprising that the new government in Kiev has focused on clearing out the judiciary and emancipating it from its political subservience. But how it has gone about that will only make Ukraine's problems worse.

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Alan B. Sielen

There is no shortage of international recommendations, action plans, and other prescriptions for restoring the oceans’ health. The problem is not ignorance but political will. Yet the longer governments and societies delay action, the worse things will get. Here are some things they can start doing now.

A man works at an illegal oil refinery in Bayelsa, Nigeria, November 2012.
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Ricardo Soares De Oliveira

The countries of East Africa are in the early throes of an oil boom, with an unprecedented opportunity for economic development. Unless they avoid the mistakes of those before them, though, the region's governments could easily squander it.

A Syrian refugee looks out from a bus as he arrives near the Turkish border town of Reyhanli in Hatay province, August 9, 2012.
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Kemal Kirisci and Raj Salooja

Turkey has maintained a generous open-door policy for Syrian refugees. As Syrian refugees continue to pour into the country, Turkey must address their long-term status within its borders.

A statue of Lenin in Tiraspol, capital of Transnistria.
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Mitchell A. Orenstein and Kálmán Mizsei

On April 3, the EU announced that it would grant visa-free travel to Moldovans. The move was the latest salvo in a raging battle for Moldova, a second front in a struggle between the EU and Russia for the lands in between them.

Locals walk by the "Soldier and Sailor" memorial in the Crimean port town of Sevastopol, March 30, 2014.
Postscript
Keith Darden

For the first time since 1989, Europe is transforming. The primary protagonists, by most accounts, are Russia and the West. The bit of territory that they are clawing at -- Ukraine -- has largely been eclipsed. Yet inattention to Ukraine’s internal demons reflects a dangerous misreading of current events.

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