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December 02, 2009
Obama Doubles Down
The big news today is obviously the Obama administration’s decision to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. The news has been greeted soberly, as Taegen Goddard notes on his Political Wire blog: ‘Unlike most of President Obama’s
Obama Doubles Down
December 01, 2009
Us Too!
Well, seems like Australia’s Liberal Party is determined to follow in Britain’s Conservative Party’s footsteps down the path of self-disruption, if not self-destruction. Following opposition to a deal made with the government over an emissions tradin
Us Too!
November 30, 2009
Spoke too soon...
Well, looks like I may have jumped the gun in citing Australia as an example of why there might be some hope for the Copenhagen climate summit next month after the government there reached a deal Friday with the opposition over an emissions trading s
Spoke too soon...
November 27, 2009
Asian Dynasties
The Philippine Daily Inquirer ran a powerful op-ed today on the dangers posed by dynastic politics. It argues:A political dynasty requires no membership initiation, no formation programmes; membership is, quite literally, a matter of DNA.’In a politi
Asian Dynasties
November 27, 2009
Showmanship & Substance
As I mentioned earlier this week, I wanted to get an Indian perspective on the Obama-Singh talks in Washington. Our India contributor Madhav Nalapat gave me his take on the visit:In a party still filled with Cold Warriors nostalgic for the US-bashing
Showmanship & Substance
November 26, 2009
Philippines Toll Rises
Driving home my point about the dangers of small arms, it seems the death toll in this week’s massacre in the southern Philippines has risen to 57.Murder charges have been filed against Datu Unsayalso Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., who handed himself in f
Philippines Toll Rises
November 26, 2009
Mumbai Remembered
Today marks the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai, in which 166 people were killed and hundreds more injured.Interestingly, much of the commentary is focusing on a sense that the Indian government has failed to make adequate progre
Mumbai Remembered
November 25, 2009
Who's Hot in DC
Perhaps I’ve just got food on the brain with Associate Editor Ulara Nakagawa blogging today about the implications of South Korea’s wayward coverage of Obama’s eating habits on his recent trip to Korea. But Steve Clemons has an interesting angle over
Who's Hot in DC
November 24, 2009
Every Cloud...
Seems like there’s a bright spot in the clouds that had been forming over next month’s Copenhagen climate summit, with the Australian government apparently having struck a deal with the opposition over a revised carbon trading scheme aimed at reducin
Every Cloud...
November 24, 2009
Singh in DC
Image contact: jason.pruett@gmail.comIndian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may be the beneficiary of all the fanfare that comes with Barack Obama’s first state dinner in Washington today, but the spectacle marks the first time in a while India has bee
Singh in DC
November 20, 2009
Tantrum Time Again?
Looks like the next round of ‘Make a pledge, break a pledge’ is set to start with North Korea, with news that Barack Obama is sending his special envoy to Pyongyang in an effort to get the country back to the table for six-way talks.One of the most i
Tantrum Time Again?
November 19, 2009
Trip to Forget?
US President Barack Obama is in South Korea today as part of his nine-day swing through Asia. But most of the commentary is understandably still focused on his visit to China earlier this week. And the emerging consensus seems to be it wasn’t a parti
Trip to Forget?
November 18, 2009
Bangkok Showdown
An interesting bit of news coming in today from Thailand about a ‘showdown’ planned for Bangkok, organised by the country’s so-called Red Shirts, who support ousted former Premier Thaksin ShinawatraAccording to Thailand’s ‘The Nation’ newspaper:’The
Bangkok Showdown
November 17, 2009
Obama-No I Can't (Twitter)
Well, I’m glad to know I’m in good company in not Twittering–US President Barack Obama told a town hall style meeting of students in Shanghai yesterday that he doesn’t either (though I’d like to quickly point out that The Diplomat, or more precisely
Obama-No I Can't (Twitter)
November 16, 2009
APEC's Mixed Results
This weekend saw the annual APEC leaders meeting, and, as expected, trade and climate issues were high on the agenda. Leaders looked to be moving to limit the political damage of any failure to agree a binding climate deal in Copenhagen next month, w
APEC's Mixed Results
November 13, 2009
PR - - China style
When I talked before about China polishing up its message to the international community, I really didn’t have this in mind:’Invoking Obama’s African heritage and Civil War president Abraham Lincoln, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said T
PR - - China style
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