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U.S. support for Israel has suddenly changed.

Jul 29, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, United States

In Still Ours to Lead: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension Between Rivalry and Restraint, Brookings Senior Fellow and my CIC colleague Bruce Jones sets out a compelling analysis of the present global power structure.

Jun 19, 2014

At the end of March, with the crisis spreading from Crimea to eastern Ukraine, Kerry instinctively reached out to Lavrov anew. The pair held four hours of inconclusive talks in Paris. Then it was back to Geneva in mid-April for quadrilateral discussions with the European Union and the Ukrainians: Seven hours of negotiating delivered a new set of “Geneva Accords” outlining plans for the pro-Russian separatists occupying government buildings in the east of the country to disarm.

May 19, 2014
Richard Gowan
Europe, United States

Many observers have cited the crisis in Ukraine as yet another example of American retrenchment and declining global influence. Some have also interpreted it as evidence of a Russian-led effort to mobilize the major emerging economies – Brazil, India, and China – against the West. While there is a kernel of truth in both narratives, each is a gross exaggeration, as is the notion that America’s capacity to shape a secure and prosperous international system is in decline.

May 08, 2014
Bruce Jones
United States

The Financial Times reported yesterday that China is poised to replace the United States as the world’s largest economy this year—five years earlier than expected—stripping the U.S. of a title that it has held since 1872. This development has intensified debate not only over whether China is now the world’s foremost economic power, but also over whether it is on track to displace the U.S. for global preeminence.

May 01, 2014
Bruce Jones
China, United States

While America's economy is doing somewhat better and China's is slowing, relative to a couple years ago, the basis for angst about America's future is still quite great even at this juncture in 2014. On balance, Still Ours To Lead is an encouraging book about the United States and its role in the international system today and in the future. 

Apr 25, 2014
Bruce Jones
United States

In April 2013, China announced it would host the fourth Foreign Minister’s Meeting of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan in 2014. That meeting, which will take place this August in Tianjin, will represent China’s most significant regional engagement on Afghanistan to date. China’s decision to host is part of a broader pattern of increased engagement, suggesting a shift in Beijing’s posture toward Afghanistan. China has indicated that it intends to become increasingly involved in discussions on the role of the region and international community after NATO’s combat mission ends in 2014.

Apr 24, 2014
Thomas Zimmerman

Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, has two problems. One of them is the United Nations. The other is the United States.

Read the full Politico article Samantha Power is Back

Apr 24, 2014
Richard Gowan
United States

The paper Fueling a New Order? The New Geopolitical and Security Consequences of Energy examines impacts of the major transformation in international energy markets that has begun. The United States is poised to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest oil producer and, combined with new developments in natural gas, is on track to become the dominant player in global energy markets. Meanwhile, China is in place to surpass the United States in its scale of oil imports, and has already edged out the U.S. in carbon emissions.

Apr 15, 2014
Bruce Jones, David Steven, Emily O'Brien

The United States said on Friday it would not grant a visa to Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador, citing the envoy's links to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis, in a rare step that raises questions about how much influence the White House can wield over the world body.

Read the full Reuters article here.

Apr 11, 2014
Richard Gowan
Middle East, United States
United Nations