Migrant Workers in Russia Hit by Ruble Collapse, Xenophobia

Russia is not the only country affected by the ruble’s collapse. Under President Vladimir Putin, it has been one of the world’s leading destinations for immigrants, many of whom send remittances home to Central Asia and the Caucasus. The projected cost to these economies in 2015 could be as high as $10 billion.

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Japan-Pakistan Ties Hold Steady as China Rises

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Pakistani Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar was in Japan last week for talks with his Japanese counterpart, Taro Aso, on trade and economic cooperation. In an email interview, Ahmad Rashid Malik, a senior research fellow at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, discussed Pakistan-Japan relations. more

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In State of the Union, Obama Should Not Forget Asia

By Richard Weitz
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What little time U.S. President Barack Obama devotes to foreign policy issues in tonight’s State of the Union speech will probably focus on the Middle East, Russia and Cuba. While these are important, Obama’s ability to leave behind a major foreign policy legacy is probably greatest in the Asia-Pacific region. more

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With No-Show in Paris, Obama Remains in Reactive Mode

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The Obama administration’s failure to send a high-level representative to the Paris unity march is being described by some as a gaffe. The decision process on this issue suggests that the administration remains in reactive mode, sticking to established plans rather than adapting to new circumstances. more

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Ahead of Israel Visit, Japan’s Abe Looks to Expand Ties

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Earlier this month, Israel approved a plan to strengthen trade ties and boost security cooperation with Japan. In an email interview, Ben-Ami Shillony, a professor emeritus in East Asian studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discussed Israel-Japan relations. more

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Uganda-North Korea Ties Skirt Limits of Sanctions

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Uganda and North Korea agreed to strengthen bilateral ties during a visit from Kim Yong Nam, head of North Korea's parliament, in late October last year. In an email interview, Andrea Berger, a research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, discussed North Korea’s ties with Uganda. more

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For Obama, It’s Now or Never to Define His Legacy

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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As he returns from his holiday and prepares for his last two years in office, U.S. President Barack Obama must look for signature “legacy” issues that will help to define his administration, while also assessing which questions can be delayed or postponed for the next president to deal with. more