December 27, 2012

New Year, But Same Old Problems

Mustafa Aydin, Hurriyet Daily News

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Revisiting the previous year and trying to foresee what is coming in the new year is a daunting task, though one needs to do just that in order to make sense of where the world is evolving to. Even to simply remunerate all the events that occurred in 2012 is impossible within the confines of this column. Yet, a short assessment of the most significant developments might illuminate the path ahead.

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December 20, 2012
The Geopolitics of Shale Gas
Robert Kaplan, Stratfor
According to the elite newspapers and journals of opinion, the future of foreign affairs mainly rests on ideas: the moral impetus for humanitarian intervention, the various theories governing exchange rates and debt rebalancing... more ››
December 16, 2012
East Asia: Stop Squabbling, Start Drilling
Will Hickey, Yale Global
As naval patrol vessels of China, Japan, South Korea and other Southeast Asian nations shadow one another and tension mounts, it's time to consider peaceful alternatives. At stake are marine resources and possible large reserves... more ››
December 16, 2012
A Turning Point in East Asia
Brahma Chellaney, Japan Times
Political transitions in East Asia promise to mark a defining moment in the region's jittery geopolitics. After the ascension in China of Xi Jinping, regarded by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) as its own man, Japan seems set... more ››
December 18, 2012
East Asia's Regional Tremors
The Guardian
The dispute over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea and the extent of Beijing's claims in the South China Sea are, by common consent, typhoons gathering off shore. more ››
Though Abe paid lip service to improving China-Japan relations after the election, no specific proposals have been made by Japanese political parties to mend relations with Japan's neighbors. And his words so far on the islands... more ››