• Expert Commentary

    Carnegie Perspectives: Maximalist Rhetoric and the Realities of the Region

    02 September 2014.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia U.S. perceptions of Russian objectives in post-Soviet Eurasia are distorted due to a pervasive failure to differentiate between maximalist rhetoric and the realities of the region almost 25 years after the Soviet collapse. Washington tends to seize on hyperbolic statements by Russian officials (e.g., President Vladimir Putin’s line about the Soviet collapse being the 'greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century') that...

  • Expert Commentary

    Joint US-Korea Academic Studies: What to Do about North Korea

    29 August 2014.  By Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme  North Korea is the world’s most troublesome country, brutal at home and a bully abroad. In 2013 it became even more dangerous, both to its neighbors and to its own people. Most worrisome are the nuclear weapons that Pyongyang sees as vital for the preservation of the regime. Although North Korea seems intent on never trading them away for economic or political benefits...

  • Expert Commentary

    Indian Express: Modi’s red lines

    25 August 2014.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director, Geo-economics and Strategy The decision of the Narendra Modi government to call off a meeting between the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan, drawing a Lakshman rekha on the issue of Pakistan’s official contact with Kashmiri separatists, has surprised many in India and abroad. Coming after an initial unexpected generosity of spirit in the outreach to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, this tough stance has been likened by...

  • Expert Commentary

    NPR Morning Edition: Is Syria Becoming A Partner In The Fight Against Islamist Terror

    22 August 2014.  Kelly McEvers talks to Emile Hokayem, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, about some western nations shifting to the idea of working with Syria's regime to fight Islamist militants.

  • Events

    A Conversation with Julia Gillard

    22 August 2014. 

    IISS-Fullerton Lecture
    Julia Gillard
    Former  Prime Minister of Australia
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Friday 22 August 2014

  • Strategic Comments

    Challenges for India’s new government

    18 August 2014.  Although the convincing election victory achieved by Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) promises a foundation of stability in India’s government, if Modi is to boost economic growth and investor confidence he will still need to reach out to his opponents.

  • Expert Commentary

    National Interest: Why Obama's Coercion Strategy in Ukraine Will Fail

    04 August 2014.  By Samuel Charap, Senior Fellow for Russia and Eurasia The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has dramatically escalated tensions surrounding the Ukraine crisis. On Tuesday, the EU and the United States enacted unprecedented economic sanctions against Russia, the world’s sixth largest economy. The talk in Western capitals is about the degree of punishment to exact against Russia for its actions and the extent of support to provide to the Ukrainian government, be...

  • Events

    A Pacific Bridge: Next Steps for Canada and Asia

    04 August 2014. 

    IISS-Fullerton Lecture
    John Baird
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Canada
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Monday 04 August 2014

  • Survival

    Turkey, Davutoglu and the Idea of Pan-Islamism

    25 July 2014. 

    Turkey’s foreign minister was the first intellectual to devise a rationalistic and pragmatic Islamist foreign policy. Five years in office have exposed a huge gap between his ambitions and the country’s ability to achieve them.

  • Survival

    Letting Things Go

    25 July 2014. 

    Obama’s restraint in the use of force has good precedent. He should be judged by the substance and not the shadow of power.

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