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The Shah Deniz Project: An Opportunity to Rethink European Energy Security after the Crimean Crisis

AYHAN KUÇUK — Today, Europe imports more than half of the energy it consumes and more than one third its natural gas imports currently come from Russia. Russian gas is delivered to Europe through different routes mainly via the largest channel through Ukraine. The 2009 gas supply crisis was so recent, when a dispute between ...

A Path Once Traveled: How Southeast Asia Withstood the Global Recession

by TOMMIE THOMPSON Like a lot of the developing world, Southeast Asia was fairly resilient during the initial thrust of the Global Recession. The region had one of the smallest dips in economic performance, and a few of its countries – Indonesia and the Philippines – even experienced growth. However, its success was not sustained as ...

A Fulcrum to the Asian Pivot: Creating Lasting Democratic Societies in South-East Asia

by MITCHELL DENNIS Of the eleven nations comprising South-East Asia, only three can be classified as democracies. The region comprises over 600 million people; yet none of them live in a free society, as measured by Freedom House. Democracies were not always rare in this region. The region was often championed as a paragon for democratic ...

Democracy, really?

AHMAD MUSTAFA -- Democracy does not necessarily lead to constitutional liberalism, but constitutional liberalism many a time has led to some degree of democracy. Republished with permission from the Daily Times. July last year, Prime Minister Gilani echoed the oft-heard dictum upheld in many political quarters (especially among the Pakistan People’s Party) that democracy is the ...

The Ongoing Importance of the West

G.P. CREAN IV - A Review of Kishore Mahbubani's "The Case against the West: American and Europe in the Asian Century" from Foreign Affairs 87, no. 3 (2008). When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990 and the Cold War ended, the new international political order that emerged was unclear. The sole superpower remaining after decades of a bipolar ...

Making the US a True Partner

MATTHEW SCHWEITZER -- The complexity of the Arab-Israeli environment demands that the US accepts a role as a cooperative member of an international community seeking equitable peace, not as the sole leader. Originally published at The Risky Shift, where Mr. Schweitzer is a contributing author.  The United States’ role in the Arab-Israeli conflict has been the ...

French Minority Groups and US Foreign Policy

WALTER QUINTANILLA --  Though France is the U.S.’s oldest mission, the diplomatic relationship with the new French social composition will be one more complicated than before. Introduction: Europe has undergone a massive change in racial make-up. Rapid immigration has changed a predominantly white population with one that is more mixed and based around North African, Middle ...