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Young Strategist Forum 2014 April 18, 2014 / Tokyo, Japan

The third Young Strategists Forum (YSF) was held in Tokyo from January 31- Feb 4, 2014 in partnership with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation.

Keynote from South Caucasus: The Dividing Lines Are Shifting April 14, 2014

In a keynote address, S. Frederick Starr explains how the events in Crimea are representative of a larger Russian tactic of seeking out geopolitical vacuums and promoting them, only to be the actor that then fills that void. He characterizes this strategy as "filling vacuums", and claimed the West, and the United States in particular, should be prepared to fill these vacuums if they are serious of halting further progress of Russia's revanchist designs

China’s Efforts to Reduce Air Pollution March 14, 2014

Biz Asia America's Philip Yin is joined by Paul Bledsoe, President of Bledsoe & Associates to discuss how successful are China's efforts to shut down factories to reduce air pollution.

EU should expand its Iran policy January 10, 2013 / Fabrizio Tassinari
European Voice


This article was first published in the European Voice. Read the full article here (subscription required).

European diplomatic circles have coalesced around a two-fold consensus on Iran's nuclear programme: firstly, the regime of Western sanctions on the Islamic republic is, at last, working and, secondly, the European Union has played a bold role in crafting it.

On both counts, the consensus is largely justified. The EU does seem to have squared the circle of its Iran policy. US and EU sanctions – targeting Iranian banks, trade and gas exports – are crippling the Iranian economy and severely eroding Tehran's negotiating position. The EU policy, spearheaded by the so-called E3 of France, Britain and Germany, is remarkably co-ordinated and has lent weight to the role of chief international negotiator given by the UN Security Council to Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief. Iran has become an example of ‘effective multilateralism', a practical realisation of the rule-based international system.

Fabrizio Tassinari is the head of foreign policy and EU studies at the Danish Institute for International Studies and a non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

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