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The Pyongyang PurgeThe Pyongyang Purge

By Yuriko Koike TOKYO – During the Cold War, the term “Kremlinology” referred to efforts to understand what was taking place at the commanding heights of the Soviet Union – indeed, behind the entire Iron Curtain. Kremlinologists monitored (in whatever way possible) who was up and who was down among the core Soviet leadership. Great significance was read into who signed an official document, or who stood where atop Lenin’s …

Medlemsbrev 3

[:en] Kære medlemmer af Det Udenrigspolitiske Selskab Opfordringen i vores seneste brev til medlemmerne om at indsende forslag til Det Udenrigspolitiske Selskabs næste studierejse i foråret 2014 har resulteret i mange gode ideer. Vi siger tak for dem alle. Valget er faldet på Iran, som igen er aktuel i forbindelse med den foreløbige aftale mellem styret i Teheran og stormagterne om det iranske atomprogram. Vi forudser, at Iran vil være …

Putin’s LawPutin’s Law

By Andrei Malgin FLORENCE – Russian President Vladimir Putin is showing increasing disdain for international law – a stance that is perhaps nowhere clearer than in his government’s continuing military support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. But, in view of Putin’s authoritarian rule at home, his perception of international law as little more than an instrument of foreign policy should come as no surprise. When Putin’s regime wants to …

Globalizing European SecurityGlobalizing European Security

By Javier Solana MADRID – Global security – a safe and peaceful environment free of conflict – is a public good. In other words, all of the world’s citizens and countries benefit from it, regardless of whether they contribute to supplying it. Given this, free riders (those who enjoy the benefits of the good without investing in its provision) are likely to be plentiful. But, when it comes to global …

Middle East FrenemiesMiddle East Frenemies

By Bernard Haykel & Daniel Kurtzer PRINCETON – The recent interim nuclear agreement between Iran and the so-called P5+1 countries, led by the United States, has provoked unprecedented criticism of US policy from two of its strongest Middle East allies: Israel and Saudi Arabia. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has called on his ministers and his supporters in the US to lobby Congress to oppose the agreement. Meanwhile, Saudi officials …

Who Lost Ukraine?Who Lost Ukraine?

By Ivan Krastev VIENNA – Karl Marx famously remarked that major historical events occur twice – the “first time as tragedy, then as farce.” In Ukraine, sadly, tragedy and farce are inseparable. That is why it would be a mistake to read the current wave of mass political protest, triggered by the government’s refusal to sign an association agreement with the European Union, as a second Orange Revolution. In 2004, …

Governance in the Information AgeGovernance in the Information Age

By Joseph S. Nye ABU DHABI – As the year comes to an end, it is only natural to ask what might lie ahead. But, instead of asking what may lie ahead in 2014, let us jump to mid-century. What will governance look like in 2050? That is what the World Economic Forum (WEF) asked at a recent meeting in Abu Dhabi that focused on the future of governance under …

The Rise of an Insecure GiantThe Rise of an Insecure Giant

By Shlomo Ben-Ami SEOUL – By the time China overtakes the United States as the world’s largest economy sometime in the next few years, it will have cemented its status as a major military power – one whose drive to assert itself strategically already is inspiring serious anxiety among its neighbors. But the truth is that China is a solitary, vulnerable rising power – one that faces potentially crippling domestic …

The Middle East in the Arab WinterThe Middle East in the Arab Winter

By Joschka Fischer BERLIN – Travel broadens the mind, goes the old saying. This is especially true for the Middle East. But travel there nowadays can be extremely disorienting; indeed, developments that were impossible to contemplate just a few months ago are becoming reality. The youth revolt that began in Tunis and Cairo in 2010-2011 has come to an end (at least for the time being), though the region has …

Sweet Caroline in TokyoSweet Caroline in Tokyo

By Yuriko Koike TOKYO – Fifty years have passed since the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, with official ceremonies held in Washington, DC, and Dallas to commemorate the anniversary. But JFK’s eldest daughter, Caroline Kennedy, was not present at either event; she had just taken up her post in Tokyo as the 29th US Ambassador to Japan. On November 19, thousands of people lined the streets to catch …