“Sinai is already out of control,” said Khalil al Anani, an expert on Islamist groups at Durham University in the U.K. It is lawless and there’s no state control to a large extent. It is something we can’t imagine now, but it could happen that we will be talking about a large scale civil war [...]
“The end of [chaos in] Syria will lead to the collapse of the Zionist regime,” said [...]
A Gulf-based analyst quoted by The Washington Post says the Syrian civil war is Syrian no longer: now it’s an Iranian fight to the finish.
The head of a think tank in Dubai says Syria’s civil war has become a fight for Iran’s survival and rulership in the Middle [...]
Thirty years after Japan’s arrival as an economic powerhouse, the country’s industrial and economic decline is palpable. China could be on the same trajectory, says Satyajit Das.
Despite a history of conflict and competition, China and Japan share a contiguous geography and development models. China may also share Japan’s economic fate.
Japan’s post-war economic recovery [...]
So when Mr. Obama agreed this week for the first time to send small arms and ammunition to Syrian rebel forces, he had to be almost dragged into the decision at a time when critics, some advisers and even Bill Clinton were pressing for more action. Coming so late into the conflict, Mr. Obama expressed [...]
The US will be courting danger in Syria but staying out is a greater risk, writes David Gardner
Someone steals your most sensitive secrets. Then, planning a face-to-face meeting, he says he wants to develop “a new type” of relationship with you. At what point, exactly, would you start thinking he was planning to drink your milkshake?
Ahead of the first summit meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and President Xi [...]
The Philippines on Thursday warned that territorial rows in Asia are “causing considerable tension that could lead to conflict” as several countries face off with China over island claims.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, speaking at a Tokyo business conference, said China’s “nine-dash line claim encompassing almost the entire South China Sea” is “excessive.”
In 2009, the Rudd government in Australia issued the first White Paper on Defense for almost a decade. The line on China in that was stark: “The pace, scope and structure of China’s military modernization have the potential to give its neighbors cause for concern if not carefully explained.” The report also noted [...]
In this telling, the ancient, ingrained tensions are being worsened by present-day factors: China’s rise, Japan’s decline, the unaddressed legacy of World War II. But what if it’s the other way around? What if its those contemporary (and temporary) issues that are driving the war-of-words, with past conflict little more than an excuse?
That’s what [...]