Arctic Council Expands
The Arctic Council granted observer status to six nations, including China, in a move that could bolster the once-obscure forum's clout and ability to shape policy on such issues as natural resources and climate change in the polar region.
Arctic Body Weighs China's Bid to Observe
The Arctic Council, a once-obscure regional forum that had little to show for itself, has nations queuing to participate as melting ice opens up more development of the region.
Asia-Pacific Nations Push to Rein In Rising Currencies
Policy makers across the region have deployed a range of tools to try to dampen the adverse effects that can come when too much money flows into an economy.
A Thought Experiment On How Google's New Palestine Page Could Undermine Peace Talks
The Israeli Foreign Minister has sent a strongly worded letter to Google CEO, Larry Page, warning him that their new Palestine search page could undermine Middle-East peace negotiations. “Such a decision is in my opinion not only mistaken but could also negatively impinge on the efforts of my government to bring about direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority,” wrote minister Ze’ev Elkin, about Google’s decision to change “Palestinian Territories” to “Palestine” on Google.ps (picture above). Careful followers of foreign policy news might question how exactly a tiny word change on a website could upset arguably the most resource-intensive diplomatic effort in human history, but we think such skepticism underestimates Google’s vast geo-political power. Here’s a thought experiment of 5 different ways Google could have a meaningful impact: 1. Well, maybe Google could…no, that wouldn’t do anything 2. … 3. … 4. … 5. … Ok, we can’t think ...
Obama urges new tack for Central America's drug war
President Obama says the nations should rely less on military means and focus more on infrastructure, education and energy. SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — President Obama capped a three-day visit to Latin America on Saturday by urging the region's leaders to fight the drug war not with more guns or military aid but with greater investment in infrastructure, education and energy.