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Polite gloss on maritime disputes

Along with cyber security, the other cut-through issue here at the Shangri-La Dialogue has been the territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East China Sea. Yesterday I was joined by CSIS Senior Asia Adviser Bonnie Glaser to talk over some of the dangers raised by these disputes, particularly the risk of confrontation on the seas. Show More Summary

Shangri-La snippets

One of the talking points so far has been how vocal the Chinese delegation has been from the floor. The blunt question put to Secretary Hagel is just one example; in every session so far, one representative from the PLA has put a polite...Show More Summary

Turf War Brewing in Brazil Over Corruption Investigations

On the heels of a landmark corruption case in Brazil that saw former members of ex-President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's government convicted of participating in a vote-buying scheme, a proposed constitutional amendment in Brazil would hand over much of the investigative powers of the public prosecutors' office, which prosecuted that case, to police.

Another awakening: US travel sites feature West Bank as tourist destination

Travel guru Rick Steves interviews Pamela Olson about the occupation. And so does National Geographic. America is changing. Olson will be doing events in Washington on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

William Bradley: Jerry Brown Leaves the Party Behind in China

Governor Jerry Brown is just back from his first major trip abroad during this incarnation as California's governor. It coincided with the annual state Democratic convention, but that didn't give him pause as he had bigger fish to fry in China.

Charlotte Robinson: LISTEN: LGBT Filmmakers Seek To Reverse Ugandan Homophobia

This week I talked with filmmaker Tim McCarthy about his new film project, Voices of the Abasiyazzi: Creating Allies, which he's producing with Pepe Julian Onziema. The concept is to film LGBT Ugandans sharing their lives with their clanspeople in their own languages and cultural traditions.

California Dreamin’… About China

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. spent the week in China meeting with officials in a bid to bring a greater share of China’s growing investment and trade with the United States to his state. At a dinner held in his honor shortly after arriving in China, Governor Brown told his audience, “We’re from California…. Show More Summary

North Korea's permanent war footing

When your country is always on a war footing, how do you know you are on the brink of war? When your political leadership and government propaganda constantly remind that your enemies are plotting against you, how do you know that times...Show More Summary

Dr. Andrew Steer: Navigating the "Vast Sea of Unknowns" of Water Risk

The World Economic Forum recently named the water supply crises as one of the top risks facing the planet -- edging out issues like terrorism and systemic financial failure.

The consular death spiral

Back in October last year, my colleague Alex Oliver posted an item about the case of Alexandra Bean, an Australian who had been detained in Libya. Alex wrote that Foreign Minister Bob Carr 'is beginning to comprehend the intractability...Show More Summary

Introducing the 2013 Gelber Prize finalists: today's nominee, Chrystia Freeland

Over the past few days, we've been sharing interviews with the authors nominated for this year's Lionel Gelber Prize. A literary award for the year's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs. The award is sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto in cooperation with Foreign Policy. Show More Summary

Yemen lurches away from national dialogue with renewed violence

It was a year ago yesterday that Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi was formally made president of Yemen in a national referendum. He succeeded the hree-decade rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh, who finally yielded to international pressure to step down...Show More Summary

Introducing the 2013 Gelber Prize finalists: today's nominee, Paul Bracken

Over the past few days, we've been sharing interviews with the authors nominated for this year's Lionel Gelber Prize. A literary award for the year's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs. The award is sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto in cooperation with Foreign Policy. Show More Summary

Introducing the 2013 Gelber Prize finalists: today's nominee, S.C.M. Paine

Over the next few days, we're going to be featuring one interview per day with the authors of the books nominated for this year's Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the year's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs. Show More Summary

Introducing the 2013 Gelber Prize finalists: today's nominees, Michael R. Gordon and Bernard E. Trainor

Over the next few weeks, we're going to be featuring one interview per day with the authors of the books nominated for this year's Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the year's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs. Show More Summary

Introducing the 2013 Gelber Prize finalists: next up, Andrew Preston

Over the next few weeks, we're going to be featuring one interview per day with the authors of the books nominated for this year's Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the year's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs. Show More Summary

Introducing the 2013 Gelber Prize finalists: next up, David Crist

Over the next few weeks, we're going to be featuring one interview per day with the authors of the books nominated for this year's Lionel Gelber Prize, a literary award for the year's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs. Show More Summary

Introducing the 2013 Gelber Award finalists: first up, Daron Acemoglu

Each year, Foreign Policy partners with the the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto to present the Gelber Prize, a literary award for the world's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs that seeks to deepen public debate on significant international issues. Show More Summary

Only non-Jews can save Israel, Eldar says

Akiva Eldar, author of Lords of the Land, suggests that Jewish sovereignty is fueling the radical right in Israeli politics

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