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  • The Times Square Bomber: Home-Grown Hatred?

    By Ahmed Rashid | 20 May 2010   The Pakistani media is in a state of apoplexy about the would-be Times Square bomber, the Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad. Predictably a great many commentators in the press and on the non-stop talk shows that run on over 25 TV news channels have discussed whether it was a

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  • Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan: Whose Security?

    By Prof. Alp Ozerdem | 01 April 2010   As part of the liberal peace agenda, the international community has implemented Security Sector Reform (SSR) in almost all contexts where it has undertaken state-building initiatives in recent years. There are four key areas in such a reform process as being: the political (entailing objective and subjective civilian

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  • They’re Not Brainwashed, They’re Just Miserable

    By Marcus Noland | 30 March 2010   This month, North Korea reportedly executed the Korean Workers’ Party’s economic policy director, Pak Nam Gi, for being a “bourgeois infiltrator” who ruined the country’s economy. Upon his 2005 appointment to the position, a post akin to a finance minister, Pak had allegedly vowed to put an end to

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  • U.S.-China Military Tensions Grow

    Rick Rozoff 20 January 2010   Even though the U.S. military budget is almost ten times that of China’s (with a population more than four times as large) and Washington plans a record $708 billion defense budget for next year compared to Russia spending less than $40 billion last year for the same, China and

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  • Washington’s Arms Deal With Taiwan Threatens US-China Relations

    Nick Amies 02 February 2010   A $6.4-billion (4.6-billion euros) arms deal between the United States and Taiwan has enraged China and threatens to endanger cooperation betweenWashington and Beijing on key international and regional issues. The Pentagon’s approval last week of the sale of Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters, mine-hunting ships and other weaponry to Taiwan promptedChina’s state-run media to accuse the US of “arrogance” and “double standards.”

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  • Return to Mumbai

    Sohail Rahman   As I travelled from the airport to Marine Drive on November 27, 2008 the sun was setting and the roads leading from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport in the north of the city to south Mumbai were eerily quiet. These highways, which I had known for years as the arterial life line of the city, were dead

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  • The history of the Tamil Tigers

    The conflict between Sri Lanka’s government forces and armed Tamil rebels has raged for nearly 60 years. Thousands have died and many more have been made homeless by the fighting.   Here we answer questions about the Tamil rebels, their composition and their stated goals. When was the LTTE formed?    Since Sri Lanka’s independence from Britain

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  • Obama Visits China With Closer Ties in Mind

    U.S. President Barack Obama is on his first official trip to China, where he is expected to discuss the economy and climate change. Mr. Obama arrived late Sunday in Shanghai. He is to meet city leaders and university students there on Monday. He then will travel to Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders that will

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  • Dalai Lama’s visit angers China

    The Dalai Lama has angered the Chinese government with a visit to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery town in the remote northeast Indian region of Arunachal Pradesh. The Tibetan spiritual leader said his visit on Sunday was only a lecture tour, but China, which claims the region as its own, has described the event as a provocation aimed at harming China-India ties.  

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  • From Adversaries to Allies

    Yevgeny Bazhanov When I was assigned to work at the Soviet Embassy in Beijing in 1982, many of my fellow diplomats asked, “What did you do wrong to get such a terrible, backwoods assignment?” China had a bad reputation at the time. Few Soviets remembered China’s rich history, nor did they understand why the Chinese

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  • Washington should not forget its Asian allies

    Brad Glosserman The United States has scaled back plans to deploy a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. While that decision reflects a new assessment of the Iranian threat to Europe, most attention is being paid to its impact on relations with Russia. But the decision has equally important implications for Asia, as it underscores

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  • Mao’s China at 60

    Chris Patten Every country is shaped by its history, but countries fabricate and rewrite their histories, too. The story of how we became who we are needs to accommodate our sense of tribal solidarity and accomplishment. Our triumphs and virtues are exaggerated. Our villains externalized, and our failings covered up. All this makes the study

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  • Think Again: Asia’s Rise

    Minxin Pei   Don’t believe the hype about the decline of America and the dawn of a new Asian age. It will be many decades before China, India, and the rest of the region take over the world, if they ever do.   “Power Is Shifting from West to East.”   Not really. Dine on a

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