President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the Nov. 13-14 East Asia Summit, the last stop on a lengthy Asia trip. This year’s meeting brings together the leaders of 16 Asia-Pacific countries, the United States, Canada and Russia for a discussion of regional and global issues, including trade and security. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation […]
How much are acts of generosity worth in international relations? For affluent countries, foreign aid has helped spread power and influence. Donors give foreign aid in part because it will benefit them. For example, political scientist Carol Lancaster finds that domestic politics and international pressures combine to shape how and why donor governments give aid, and […]
Chinese President Xi Jinping opened the country’s 19th Party Congress last week with a three-hour, 30,000-word political report before 2,000 party leaders. Held once every five years, the Party Congress is China’s most authoritative institution, and the president’s “Political Report” is always a significant event. The report discusses the work of the past five years, determines priorities […]
The counter-culture is finding its feet in China.
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Unlike many authoritarian regimes, where leaders remain in office until they die, are overthrown in a coup or exit after a conflict, the Chinese Communist Party has developed an institutionalized process for replacing leaders. The CCP holds a National Party Congress every five years to select leaders and approve other initiatives. The 19th Party Congress, which […]
Russian intelligence presents a significant challenge for the United States but it is far from the only threat. There are dozens of nations and non-state actors actively collecting against us at any given time. There are countless companies engaging in corporate espionage. And every organization has a hostile insider –
In international security, there is no area where careful signaling is more important than with nuclear weapons. Precisely because nuclear weapons have not been used since 1945 and only would be in the gravest of circumstances, nuclear declaratory policy — the official statements that describe the conditions under which the United States might use nuclear […]