Who Wins in China’s Great Central Asia Spending Spree?

by Sam Bhutia Cynics often ask if China’s flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has increased trade between China and its neighbors, or if it threatens to trap participants in debt. There are myriad reasons why countries sign on to… Continue Reading  

Hong Kong Protests: Principles vs. the Realities of Power

by Rajan Menon Hong Kong’s intrepid demonstrators don’t lack for American admirers. The op-ed pages of our most influential newspapers, the statements emanating from Congress, and the comments of former senior foreign policy officials attest to that. Now, there is… Continue Reading  

China Could Resolve the Next Crisis in the Persian Gulf, But Not This One

by Jacopo Scita In the aftermath of the September 14 attacks on two Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia, China followed its well-established playbook, encouraging all parties to exercise restraint and calling for a ‘full and fair investigation’ into the events.… Continue Reading  

Eurasia’s Great Game: India, Japan, and Europe Play to Putin’s Needs

by James M. Dorsey Eurasia’s Great Game is anything but simple and straightforward. A burgeoning alliance between China and Russia that at least for now is relegating potential differences between the two powers to the sidelines has sparked a complex… Continue Reading  

Big Power Rivalry in the Gulf Requires a US Strategy Rethink

by James M. Dorsey As French, Pakistani and other leaders seek to engineer a meeting between the US and Iranian presidents on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, big power rivalry could rack up tension in the waters… Continue Reading