Politico Magazine - 26 Aug 2017
This article inverses the common perspective by asking: if an impoverished dictatorship like North Korea can build a nuclear weapon against the will of the world, who can’t? The country has defied the experts about proliferation and shown that: (1) a poor state can build a bomb; (2) Dictators can manage complex projects; (3) Vulnerable states cannot be easily deterred or denied (reads in 7-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 2 September 2017
The Washington Post - 8 Aug 2017
The columnist explains why The North Korean nuclear threat is a “hinge” moment for both the US and China. If Washington and Beijing manage to deal together with the issue, the door opens on a new era in which China will play a larger and more responsible role in global affairs, commensurate with its economic power. If the great powers can't cooperate, the door will slam shut - possibly triggering a catastrophic military conflict on the Korean Peninsula (reads in 3-4 min).
Published in Weekly selection 11 August 2017
World Economic Forum - 28 Jul 2017
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Trump’s abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are two highly significant events compelling most Asian states to re-orient their long-held policy towards the two giants. This, in turn, is disrupting “the usual order of things in Asia.” The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia are being pulled closer towards China’s orbit of influence. The regional geopolitical landscape is very complex, but the Chinese seem to have an edge over the Americans (read in 7-9 min).
Published in Weekly selection 4 August 2017