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The Disintegration of Iraq

The news almost every day contains events which harken the end of Iraq as a nation state.  Radical Sunnis take over Mosul for their ISIS state.  Kurds tighten their control over oil in the north.  Shiites kidnap a top Sunni leader and his security men in Baghdad. It is not surprising that Iraq should be … Continue Reading

New Food Safety Law for China

China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), has released a draft of the revised Food Safety Law (Draft FSL) for public comment. The comments are due on July 31, 2014. The Food Safety Law was last revised in 2009, when the government changed the Law’s name from the Food Hygiene Law and altered most of … Continue Reading

Recent Developments in China: S&ED, Shanghai FTZ and BIT Negotiations

The United States and China recently concluded two days of high-level talks as part of the sixth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (“S&ED” or the “Dialogue”), which took place in Beijing from July 9-10. The most concrete outcome of this year’s S&ED is the commitment by both sides to reach agreement on the main body … Continue Reading

Indonesia — Why Its Choices Will Affect Our Peace and Prosperity

While it is far away and little known, we should all be paying more attention to Indonesia, even beyond its important elections this week.  It is the world’s fourth most populous country (home to one-fifth of the world’s Muslim’s) and the third largest democracy.  By some accounts, Indonesia’s economy is already in the world’s top … Continue Reading

Indonesia Election Results May Improve Opportunities for Foreign Investors

On July 9, Indonesians went to the polls to vote for the nation’s second directly-elected President.  Neither candidate has conceded, and official results will not be announced until July 22.  However, independent polling and election monitoring organizations point to the loss of Prabowo Subianto, a Suharto-era general, to relative newcomer Joko Widodo, a reformist mayor … Continue Reading

Prime Minister Modi: A Boon to Defense Trade with India

Defense trade with India has long been the holy grail for the U.S. defense sector. With U.S. defense budgets declining and defense firms increasingly looking overseas to ramp up sales,  one would think that India  — a democracy in Asia with one of that largest militaries in the world in desperate need of modernization — … Continue Reading

Why A U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Matters

This post originally appeared on Investment Policy Central. A U.S.-China bilateral investment treaty (BIT) will serve as the cornerstone for the bilateral economic relationship between these two economic powerhouses for years to come.  It puts in place important rules that protect U.S. investors against discrimination and arbitrary treatment, with the United States promising the same … Continue Reading

India’s Election—A New Skipper Enters the Pitch

On Friday, May 16, 2014, Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi won the India election for Prime Minister in a landslide victory for the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP).  Modi has been swept into a vast, grand and complex political stadium that is India—the world’s largest democracy.  Over 800 million voters—150 million of whom voted for the first … Continue Reading
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