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Chinese Soft Power Starts at Home

Chinese Soft Power Starts at Home

Many Western analysts miss the fact that Chinese soft power is not merely a tool for building international relations. Just as important, its deployment is critical at home within the country as well as abroad. These differences are significant in practice, because they reflect the underlying differences in motivation and in stages of development.

The Hungarian Crisis

The Hungarian Crisis

Twenty years after the transition from a Communist regime, 8 years after the joining the EU, Hungary is in a constitutional crisis.

From Lifting Liberia to Lifting Liberians: Second Term Challenges for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

From Lifting Liberia to Lifting Liberians: Second Term Challenges for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia has come a long way since President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took office. In order to make good on her promise to ‘lift Liberians,’ her approach to leadership must harken back to the people who presented her with a mandate to lead, as well as those who did not.

Nigeria’s Boko Haram: the Anatomy of a Crisis

Nigeria’s Boko Haram: the Anatomy of a Crisis

Nigerians will doubtless find ways to overcome this crisis, but the solution may not lie in counter-violence. It will take remarkable acts of statesmanship to achieve an honourable peace with Boko Haram – it was achieved in 1970 after Nigeria’s bloody civil (‘Biafran’) war. It can be done again.

Terrorism Outlook for 2012

Terrorism Outlook for 2012

The global terrorist threat is diversifying. After embracing al Qaeda tactics and ideology, more local groups seek to emulate al Qaeda. Groups are planning domestic and international operations to cause mass casualties.

Putin And The Challenge Of The ‘Vanguard Of The Bourgeoisie’

Putin And The Challenge Of The ‘Vanguard Of The Bourgeoisie’

Barring some extraordinary developments between now and 4 March, Putin will win the upcoming presidential elections in Russia. So if winning is not the real challenge facing Putin, what is?

Russia Transformed and Putin’s Challenge

Russia Transformed and Putin’s Challenge

How Putin and Medvedev react to the resurrection of civil society and the white revolution will determine the future pattern of political order in Russia

Likud: A Balance Of Historic Ideology and Reality

Likud: A Balance Of Historic Ideology and Reality

As long as Likud’s principles remain uncompromising and Netanyahu holds firm to them there is little that will come of the peace process with the Palestinians.

Air-Minded Considerations for Joint Counterinsurgency Doctrine

Air-Minded Considerations for Joint Counterinsurgency Doctrine

An effort is now under way to draft a joint COIN doctrine informed by an air-minded perspective to reflect the range, speed, and capabilities of aerospace forces.

21st Century Threats: Non State Actors, Participatory Democracy and Social Rights

21st Century Threats: Non State Actors, Participatory Democracy and Social Rights

The Americas are menaced by the emergence of a reactionary bloc of states & the rise of non-state actors that threaten to plunge the region into chaos.

Boko Haram and the Threat to the Secular Nigerian State

Boko Haram and the Threat to the Secular Nigerian State

Boko Haram has morphed from a local radical Muslim group to one that is more broadly Nigeria-focused. Its goals cannot be reconciled with the existence of the secular Nigerian state.

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