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US-Indian Relations: Permanent Interests Not Permanent Friends

US-Indian Relations: Permanent Interests Not Permanent Friends

It is important that the United States do a better job of defending its own interests in its negotiations with India. Nevertheless, there are areas of common strategic concern where we can work with the Indian government to the benefit of both nations.

Global Oil: Don’t Worry About Supply, Worry About Markets

Global Oil: Don’t Worry About Supply, Worry About Markets

Recent events surrounding the Arab Spring have made consumers fear ever-higher oil prices. The changing geopolitics of oil are about to tilt power towards countries less prone to embracing the liberal market paradigm.

It Is a Civil War Within Islam: Not Global Terrorism

It Is a Civil War Within Islam: Not Global Terrorism

Washington cannot unilaterally deal with the mayhem that the Islamic civil war has unleashed. The U.S. must enlist allies in multilateral responses to jihadist threats. Often, events can only be influenced at the margins. At times, the most prudent policy may be to do nothing at all.

Regional Implications of the 21 May U.S.-South Korea-Japan Trilateral Meeting

Regional Implications of the 21 May U.S.-South Korea-Japan Trilateral Meeting

The trilateral meeting provides insight on underlying issues within current policy approaches towards North Korea and Pyongyang’s potential response to pressures arising from the international community.

South Africa and the BRICS: An Ingrained Ambiguity

South Africa and the BRICS: An Ingrained Ambiguity

In the inaugural post of “Throwing BRICS,” Siphamandla Zondi argues that South Africa’s dual identity is an ingrained ambiguity ensuring that the BRICS will remain a major priority in its foreign policy.

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2012

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2012

The Shangri-La Dialogue provides an unofficial setting where ministers and other senior officials are given the opportunity to address major security issues and interact with a large audience of security specialists. Additionally, many officials use the summit to arrange private meetings with their counterparts on the sidelines.

Will Sanctions Change Iran’s Nuclear Calculus?

Will Sanctions Change Iran’s Nuclear Calculus?

Iran is currently under one of the most comprehensive and punitive set of sanctions ever implemented in history. With the European Union’s oil embargo and new U.S. sanctions set to take effect in coming days, Tehran will be put under tremendous economic pressure.

NATO in Afghanistan: There and Back Again

NATO in Afghanistan: There and Back Again

By invading Afghanistan, NATO took both political and moral responsibility for its future. It is possible that, at the end of the transition process, NATO will fail its test of responsibility

In Panetta’s Wake

In Panetta’s Wake

The US Defense Secretary, Leon Panetta, recently concluded a sweeping trip across much of Asia. Despite initial missteps when it followed a China first policy and also sought to assuage Pakistan’s concerns, the Obama administration now seeks to work with India as the linchpin of its Asian security strategy.

Corporate Social Responsibility/Human Rights Considerations Among MNCs in Nigeria

Corporate Social Responsibility/Human Rights Considerations Among MNCs in Nigeria

Corporate social responsibility strategies lack credibility and are viewed with suspicion because of lack of transparency. By taking a proactive approach, the multinational corporations can demonstrate a genuine commitment to CSR.

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