Through The Looking Glass
October 18th, 2014
This paper is the fourth in a series of IASC studies and updates on the deteriorating situation in Argentina, part of a broader survey of corruption and transnational organized crime in Latin America. It includes extensive studies on Bolivia, Ecuador and the criminalized nature of the Bolivarian Alliance. This paper is an update on drug trafficking and corruption in the Fernández de Kirchner government, focusing on the investigation of precursor chemicals that has led to the indictment of some of the president’s closest associates. It also looks at the president’s increasingly hostility toward the United States. In the 18 months since we began this series the situation has deteriorated significantly, due to the economic and social policies evolving over that period. What has added to the deepening sense of crisis is the general lack of leadership by the president and the growing drug-related scandals. The failed economic policies, coupled with the disregard for law enforcement likely mean that the situation will get worse before it gets better.
China Deploys A Mechanized ‘Peace Mission’
October 13th, 2014
At 7,000 troops, the Peace Mission 2014 military exercise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was not large militarily. But its geopolitical importance was considerable: It was the biggest exercise to date for a budding anti-democratic alliance that includes two nuclear powers and could soon gain three more.
- Xi Jinping’s India Visit-Reading the Chinese Tea Leaves by Bhaskar Roy [09.25.2014]
- India-China Relations in Uncomfortable Zone by Bhaskar Roy [09.23.2014]
- Future Bombers Under Study In China And Russia by Richard Fisher, Jr., Bill Sweetman [09.18.2014]
- Pacific Pivot, Taiwan Fulcrum: Maritime Taiwan and Power Transition in Asia by John Tkacik [09.01.2014]