Asia

This, Too, Shall Pass

  • By
  • Reihan Salam,
  • New America Foundation
July 18, 2009 |

Indonesia has had an extraordinarily good run. The Islamist terrorist attack that struck two international hotels in the heart of Jakarta won't change that. This was the first successful attack in the country since 2005. That attack followed the spectacular 2002 Bali bombing that killed or maimed hundreds of tourists, thus bringing what had been America's war on terrorism to Southeast Asia. The consensus is that Friday's attack was perpetrated by some of the bedraggled remnants of Jemaah Islamiyah, the local answer to al Qaeda.

Is Asia on the Rise?

Monday, June 29, 2009 - 9:30am

Many of America’s top foreign policy scholars and pundits have predicted, even warned of Asia’s imminent rise as the leading economic power in the world. But writer Minxin Pei begs to differ.

Wanted: A New Home for My Country

  • By
  • Nicholas Schmidle,
  • New America Foundation

One recent evening at the presidential palace in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, around 100 people showed up to watch a movie. Rows of overstuffed chairs in a gaudy combination of stripes and paisleys faced a projection screen hanging on the front wall of what seemed like a grand ballroom. At the back of the hall, journalists erected camera and microphone rigs: Mohamed Nasheed, the Maldives’ 41-year-old president, was expected to make a major announcement after the film.

Clinton Addresses North Korea Succession | New York Times

February 19, 2009
“If you’re looking for ways to change the dynamic, there are other ways to do it,” said Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. “Asia is all about face. What she’s done is to create a huge face problem ...

For Africa and Asia, Headway in Branchless Banking

February 13, 2009

They may take their tea with milk and pronounce "tomato" wrong, but here's something on which we can agree with our friends across the pond.

The World's Swing Voters

  • By
  • Steven Hill,
  • New America Foundation
January 29, 2009 |

Some political observers see the world as divided into two hostile camps, a "clash of civilizations" between Islam and the west. Many Americans tend to view Muslims as a monolith, our views having been burned into our perceptions by 11 September, the Iraq war and ongoing tensions in the Middle East. Yet in countries such as Malaysia - one of the larger Muslim countries in the world - a more hopeful future is discernible.

Envoys to Nowhere

  • By
  • Anatol Lieven,
  • New America Foundation
January 27, 2009 |

I hope with all my heart that most of what I am going to write in this article will prove mistaken. President Obama’s appointment of George Mitchell as special envoy for the Middle East peace process, and of Richard Holbrooke as special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan (and de facto American broker for the Kashmir issue), are both in themselves very positive moves. The Bush administration’s neglect of these two conflicts was among its more disgraceful foreign-policy omissions.

The Bangladesh Solution

  • By
  • Reihan Salam,
  • New America Foundation
January 12, 2009 |

Over the last several weeks, the world has been focused on the fighting in Gaza, where 1.5 million Palestinians are ruled by an Islamist political movement committed to the destruction of the State of Israel. Yet several thousand miles away, voters in Bangladesh, a nation of over 150 million, have rejected Islamism and nationalist extremism in an extraordinary election. How is it that Gaza commands the attention of the Western press while a country that has roughly one hundred times the population merits barely a cursory mention?

U.S. Weapons at War

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 12:15pm

William Hartung opened the discussion by citing “$32 billion in foreign military sales in 2008,” by the United States, and that “there are many big deals in the works that may make 2009 as big or bigger.” The report looks at the biggest recipients of foreign military aid and analyzes their human rights record and the extent to which they embrace the tenets of democracy. All 25 of the largest benefactors are “undemocratic regimes or major human rights abusers,” Hartung remarked.

Rajan Menon in the Kansas City Star | 'Fear of diseases, Competition Drive Global Concerns of U.S. Beef'

June 14, 2008

With many South Koreans already hostile to Washington over trade policies and the unease over the fact that Korean forces would fall under U.S. command in a war with North Korea, analysts say the country was especially receptive to fears about American beef.

“There’s a sense there that Korea is subordinate. They don’t like the U.S. military presence,” said Rajan Menon of the New America Foundation think tank. “That changes how they see things...” LINK

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