The $400 billion natural gas agreement concluded by Russia and China in May 2014 was hailed by both countries’ leaders as a game-changing development in international affairs. This Policy Report finds that the Russia-China gas deal is a significant strategic development but not a game-changer in Russia-China relations or in the global geopolitical environment.
Expanding ties between the U.S. and India now span the entire spectrum of foreign policy, inevitably giving rise to convergences and divergences. What are some of the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities in U.S.-India relations? The “Perspectives on U.S.-India Relations” panel, held at the George Washington University on October 5, outlined the contours of the U.S.-India relationship and prospects for its future. Read the full Report here.
This Policy Alert – written by Timothy Westmyer, program and research assistant at the Sigur Center – explores the Philippines’s maritime case against China before a UN arbitration tribunal on Beijing’s alleged violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas, the role of energy security debates in the dispute, and the reactions of other Asian powers to these developments.
Bhubhindar Singh, RPI Visiting Scholar and associate professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, writes that while Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s recent visit to the United States brought new defense guidelines for the two countries, this positive development remains dampened by Japan’s image problem in East Asia.
Meeting the energy demands of a growing economy is one of the primary challenges in the 21st century. Three experts who participated in a major Sigur Center research project presented their findings that there are relatively optimist prospects for energy security in Asia, thus posing a challenge to prevailing assumptions and fears. This Policy Brief explores energy debates in Asia, the factors underlying them, and the future outlook for energy security in the region.
Nationalism has recently become more salient in Russian foreign policy debates, especially after the annexation of Crimea last year. How does this resurgence of nationalism affect Russia’s foreign policy and its relationship with the United States and Europe? Should we expect to see a more assertive Russia in the coming years? In this Policy Brief, we provide insights from Andrew C. Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow of Russia and Eurasia Program, the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The terrorist attacks in Paris by the Islamic State (IS) last Friday killed at least 129 people, leaving France and the world in great horror and sorrow. French President Francois Hollande responded by calling the …Read More »
On Saturday, November 7, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou held the first China-Taiwan summit meeting since the two countries separated in 1949. The two leaders reconfirmed the “1992 Consensus” based on …Read More »
The $400 billion natural gas agreement concluded by Russia and China in May 2014 was hailed by both countries’ leaders as a game-changing development in international affairs. Many Russian and Chinese analysts also seized upon …Read More »
RPI author David Shambaugh discusses the reform challenges the Chinese Communist Party faces today.