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U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo, April 8, 2015 (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt).
Global Insights

U.S. Seeks to Reassure Japan, South Korea on Asia Pivot

By Richard Weitz
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Ashton Carter recently concluded his first visit to East Asia since becoming U.S. secretary of defense. His discussions in Japan and South Korea signaled that he has quickly become a pivotal player in the administration’s policy of “rebalancing” U.S. strategic priorities toward the region. more

World Citizen

U.S. Frets as Key Allies Flock to Join China’s AIIB

By Frida Ghitis
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The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the brainchild of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has become a source of friction not only between the U.S. and China, but also between Washington and its top allies. One by one, major U.S. partners have decided to defy Washington’s wishes and join the AIIB. more

Diplomatic Fallout

Putting Need Before Geopolitics on Post-MDG Development Agenda

By Sarah Hearn
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International aid is failing the poorest countries because it is not always going where it is needed most. The reasons are primarily geopolitical: A disproportionate amount of aid has gone to nation-building plans for Afghanistan and Iraq, instead of preventing crisis in other fragile countries. more

Strategic Horizons

Iran Deal Opponents Have Forgotten the Logic of Arms Control

By Steven Metz
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Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a diplomatic framework designed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. But after several decades with no major arms control agreements, the American public and its elected representatives no longer understand the complex logic of arms control. more

The Realist Prism

To Avert Decline, U.S. Must Accept Reality of Multipolarity

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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Several events in the past month, from the Iran talks to the emerging Chinese financial bloc, have raised the question of whether the U.S. has entered the first stages of its decline. Washington will need to rediscover a “multipolar mindset” in order to conduct an effective foreign policy. more