This paper outlines the history of three Eurasian regional security institutions – The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). It then examines the emergence of a new strategy of institutional balancing by Russia and China, and discusses their efforts to forge more meaningful strategic […]
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited South Korea on Wednesday, after days of strategic and economic meetings with China. While in China, Secretary Clinton pressed the issue of crafting a unified international response to the March 26th sinking of a South Korean warship near the disputed maritime border with North Korea.
On Thursday morning, South Korea (Republic of Korea) formally accused North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) of sinking the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, in March. (See “South Korea honors lost sailors and vows revenge”). The announcement comes after weeks of forensic investigation by South Korean and international officials.
A delegation from Afghanistan is meeting with the Obama administration this week to ease the strain of recent events on relations between the two governments. (See “Obama and Karzai meet to mend relations”).
The White House released a statement in which President Karzai “recognized efforts to expedite reforms aimed at improving […]
President Obama met with President Karzai of Afghanistan today in a rare display of close cooperation between the two presidents.
The Associated Press reported that “President Barack Obama acknowledged ‘setbacks’ and tensions in the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan and its wartime leader Wednesday, but both he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai said concerns […]