Asia

China’s Maritime Disputes: Preventive Measures

Increasingly frequent clashes between China and its neighbors heighten the risk of escalating tensions and military conflict over territorial claims in the East and South China Seas. Policy experts discuss a range of preventive measures aimed at mitigating miscalculations by sea captains or political leaders that could trigger an armed conflict.

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What’s Next For Afghanistan?

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AFGHANISTAN-ELECTION-ATTACK

With the country’s presidential elections some two weeks away, Dov Zekheim offers his endorsement:

It is critical not only for Afghanistan, but for the United States and the West, that his successor be a man – all remaining candidates of the original 27 who put their names forward are men – who appreciates not only Western values, but actually lives by them. That man clearly is the current front runner by the slightest of margins, Ashraf Ghani. The former finance minister, advisor to Karzai (though his advice was invariably ignored), and World Bank official is a genuine friend of the West in general and of the United States in particular.

I had the distinct pleasure of working alongside him when, as Under Secretary of Defense, I also was DoD’s civilian coordinator for Afghanistan. Ashraf was finance minister at the time, and he was doing his utmost to employ such power that his office…

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U.S.-Taiwan Relations

http://www.c-span.org/video/?318304-1/hearing-ustaiwan-relations

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kin Moy testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on U.S. and Taiwan relations. Formal recognition of Taiwan ended in 1978, but the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 and other laws have allowed the U.S. to maintain diplomatic ties and conduct trade, including arms sales.