Shinzo Abe’s Hour of Reckoning Nears

AbePlane, cc APEC 2013 Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

East Asian states look on warily as Japan’s prime minister signals a willingness to go forward with constitutional reform.

Adapt (Properly) or Perish: Emerging Markets in the Decade Ahead

FifthBRICSSummit, source: Kremlin.ru - http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/17752

Emerging markets face a series of challenges and opportunities in the decade ahead. Will they thrive in uncertain times?

Common Sense: A Relic of the Past?

U.S. Air Force photo 020926-O-9999G-001 from the USAF website, public domain

Fairy tales usually begin with the words: “once upon a time. This is not a fairy tale, but once upon a time people used to talk about common sense, and they used to think based …

Belt and Road in Kids’ Song: An Innovation in Propaganda?

PUtinXi, cc Kremlin.ru - http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54496

Beijing’s outward-looking propaganda efforts should focus less on style and more on substance.

Vietnam’s Social Media Shaping New Environmentalism

Credit: photo by Adam Hunt.

Informed activists help improve public involvement in policy planning

US Extends Arms to Former Enemy Vietnam

A crowd of roughly 120 people, mostly Vietnamese-Americans waving flags of both countries, and some dressed in traditional Vietnamese attire, attend the arrival of Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of Vietnam's Communist Party, at Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 6, 2015. Trong is scheduled to meet with President Obama July 7, which will be the first visit at the White House since the two countries normalized relations about 20 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/RELEASED)

Vietnam’s premier meets President Trump on the heels of the US administration’s first FONOP in the South China Sea.

Could Crimea Return to Ukraine?

putintalk, cc http://en.kremlin.ru

The EU is banking on soft power to keep Ukraine and the Crimea together – and close to Europe.

Great Britain’s Dangerous Attitude Problem

cc Flickr Home Office, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Picture by Daniel Leal-Olivas / i-Images

When it comes to dealing with the European Union and other trading partners, London would be well advised to show a greater willingness to compromise.

Vietnam Waits for Signs of Trump’s Asia Policy

Secretary Tillerson meets with Vietnam's FM Pham Bing Minh. cc Flickr US Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

With the ‘Asia Pivot’ gone, and the TPP with it, Hanoi left to guess at what the Trump administration’s Asia Pacific policy will be.

Flash Strikes Hit Brazil as Temer Pushes Austerity

Michel Temer, cc Flickr Michel Temer, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

President Temer is experiencing popular backlash against his attempts to reform Brazil’s retirement laws.

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