• Opinion piece by Charles Grant
    The New York Times, 24 December 2012

    Russia and China seem very different sorts of countries. One is a pseudo-democracy with an economy dependent on natural-resource exports; the other is a one-party state and the world’s manufacturing superpower.

  • Insight by Charles Grant, 06 November 2012

    Russia remains dependent on oil and gas, yet its leaders lack a coherent plan for rebalancing the economy. President Putin does not seem bothered.

  • Policy brief by Clara Marina O'Donnell, 25 October 2012

    For all the sparring between the presidential candidates on US foreign policy, a second Obama term or a Romney administration would have a lot in common.

  • Insight by Charles Grant, 23 August 2012

    Burma's rulers could not modernise its economy unless the EU lifted sanctions. But the EU insisted on political reform, which is now happening.

  • Policy brief by Charles Grant, 13 June 2012

    Japan fears China's growing strength and increasingly assertive foreign policy. Japan has responded by strengthening alliances with the US and other maritime powers.

  • Opinion piece by Edward Burke
    The New York Times, 11 June 2012

    Like him or loathe him over his stance on Syria, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, is a better diplomat than most. Experience counts, and Lavrov has spent almost three decades at the United Nations.

  • Bulletin article by Jana Kobzova, Tomas Valasek, 25 May 2012

    Vladimir Putin's re-election as Russia's president, and his absence from recent summits of the G8 and NATO, indicate a hardening of Russian attitudes towards the West.

  • Opinion piece by Charles Grant
    The International Herald Tribune, 16 April 2012

    Many problems cannot be solved without international co-operation, yet "multilateralism" — the system of international institutions and rules intended to promote the common good — appears to be weakening.