It’s when not if China’s Middle Eastern tightrope snaps

By James Dorsey China is manoeuvring to avoid being sucked into the Middle East’s numerous disputes amid mounting debate in Beijing on whether the People’s Republic will be able to remain aloof yet ensure the safety and security of its… Continue Reading  

Salvaging international law: The best of bad options

by James M. Dorsey These are uncertain times with trade wars, regional conflicts and increased abuse of human and minority rights pockmarking the transition from a unipolar to a multipolar world. What may be potentially the most dangerous casualty of… Continue Reading  

Global protests: Russia and China risk ending up on the wrong side of history

By James M. Dorsey Widespread perceptions see Russia together with China as the rising powers in the Middle East as a result of America’s flip flops in Syria and US president Donald J. Trump’s transactional approach towards foreign policy as… Continue Reading  

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