Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption and governance reforms are not attempts to recentralize power or even re-establish a “cult of personality.” Rather, Xi has acknowledged fundamental problems within the Chinese political economy and is taking meaningful steps to address them.more
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel apparently drew the short straw and emerged as the first sacrificial victim dispatched by President Barack Obama after the dismal midterms. Obama must locate a new defense secretary who can be part of his inner circle rather than being held at arm’s length.more
Earlier this month, China and South Korea reached a free trade agreement (FTA). In an email interview, Tony Nash, global vice president of Delta Economics, discussed the implications of the China-South Korea FTA.more
Observers of China’s engagement with Africa often assume that Africa is passive in the relationship. A look at Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa shows that the reality is more complicated: Chinese actors often try to partially adapt to specific African systems, with varying degrees of success.more
Chad has begun to emerge as a regional leader, playing key roles in Mali and the Central African Republic. However, this masks an ongoing political stagnation and the failure of the government to make any serious improvements in living conditions for the vast majority of the population.more
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