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This Week at ISN 2013-01-25

This Week at ISN 2013-01-25

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Whether American power is in decline or not, some regions will remain more important than others for American foreign policy. As this week's primary documents themselves illustrate, the Asia 'pivot' will see increased attention to East and South Asia vis-a-vis areas like Europe and the Middle East.

Whether American power is in decline or not, some regions will remain more important than others for American foreign policy. As this week's primary documents themselves illustrate, the Asia 'pivot' will see increased attention to East and South Asia vis-a-vis areas like Europe and the Middle East.

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This Week at ISN
21 - 25 Jan 2013Whether American power is in decline or not, some regions will remain more important than others forAmerican foreign policy. As this week's primary documents themselves illustrate, the Asia 'pivot' will seeincreased attention to East and South Asia vis-a-vis areas like Europe and the Middle East.
American Foreign Policy Today
21 Jan 2013
America's pivot towards Asia has prompted speculation about its future relations with Europe. Here, wepresent a selection of materials that review the status of the transatlantic partnership in today’s world.More
22 Jan 2013
America's strategic interest in Sub-Saharan Africa has obviously grown over the last decade. In this feature,we present a selection of materials which demonstrate that Washington's current policies towards thecontinent seek to balance "long-term interests with near-term imperatives."More
23 Jan 2013
The United States' strategic interest in a safe and secure Middle East remains undiminished. But are thesegoals realistic? Here we provide an overview of how Washington hopes to promote peace and stability in aregion plagued by new and yet familiar problems.More
24 Jan 2013
From a foreign policy perspective, South Asia used to drift in and out of America's field of vision. "No more",says this special feature. The area is now integral to Washington's pivot towards the Asia-Pacific region.More
25 Jan 2013
Trying to manage the broader security of the Asia-Pacific region will be the primary focus of American foreignpolicy in the near to mid-term. Here, we present the key policy documents that outline the security, diplomaticand economic dimensions of Washington's pivot towards Asia.More
Security Watch
21 Jan 2013
Venezuela's Supreme Court recently decided to allow Hugo Chavez to remain the country's president withoutbeing sworn into office. Given the controversy it aroused, Stratfor considers what impact the Court's decisionmight have on Venezuela's domestic politics and global energy security.More
22 Jan 2013
Tensions between Kyrgyzstan and its Uzbek minority have risen sharply after an attack on a Kyrgyz borderpost. The Centre for Eastern Studies' Józef Lang worries that these tensions will only aggravate the alreadydifficult relations that exist between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.More
 
23 Jan 2013
China continues to invest heavily in African infrastructure projects, often in exchange for access to naturalresources. This approach is not cost free, or so argues Nathan William Meyer. Beijing is coming undermounting criticism for promoting authoritarianism, ignoring widespread labor abuses and more.More
24 Jan 2013
The re-election of Shinzo Abe has raised concerns that Japan’s foreign policy will become increasinglynationalistic. Tom French disagrees, at least in the case of China. Abe's behavior towards Beijing will bepragmatic and leave the door open for compromise.More
25 Jan 2013
Armed forces, government agencies and the private sector are becoming increasingly incapable of defendingcritical networks from cyber-attacks. As a response, Tom Gjelten reports, the Pentagon is increasinglyapplying the adage that "the best defense is a good offence" to its cyber-strategies.More
 ISN Blog
21 Jan 2013
The Democratic Republic of Congo recently resumed peace talks with leaders from the M23 movement.Hannah Stadlober warns that the talks will not bear fruit while both sides remain unwilling to address the rootcauses of their conflict.More
22 Jan 2013
Why three prominent members of the European branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) wereassassinated remains unclear. What is certain, argues Ross Wilson, is that the murders will only complicatethe attempts at dialogue between Turkey and the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan.More
23 Jan 2013
US-led combat forces will be leaving Afghanistan at the end of 2014. Aidai Masylkanova examines why thoseAfghans who first viewed NATO's intervention as a curse rather than a blessing have grown increasinglyanxious about the withdrawal.More
24 Jan 2013
Can unmanned aerial vehicles help you conduct ‘light-footprint’ warfare? According to Xenia de Graaf, agrowing number of reports and expert commentaries are raising concerns over just how ‘light’ the impact ofUAVs actually might be.More
25 Jan 2013
Matthew Goodman is confident that Japan's re-elected Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has learned from his pasterrors and is determined to revive his country's economy. This is good news for both Japan and the US,especially if Abe also considers joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).More
Video
In this video, Stratfor's Rodger Baker reviews Japan's new regional diplomacy in relation to China's growingmilitary assertiveness.More
In this Brookings Institute panel discussion, Tamara Wittes, Shadi Hamid and Raj Desai contemplate some ofthe problems associated with the United States' Middle East policies and consider how Washington mightimprove its engagement with the region.More

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