India can emerge as a third pole

India can emerge as a third pole

The days of a unipolar world order are over, and we are on the cusp of a genuinely multilateral one. India has a unique opportunity to project itself as a truly independent global power India is entering its best geopolitical sweet spot since its independence 75 years...
The Hard-Won Benefits of Soft Diplomacy

The Hard-Won Benefits of Soft Diplomacy

Culture matters for diplomacy, and Indonesian President Joko Widodo embodies the “soft” and sophisticated elements of Indonesia’s dominant Javanese values, which emphasize consultation and consensus. The rest of the world would benefit by learning a lesson or two from...
What’s Next for Xi’s China?

What’s Next for Xi’s China?

The Western media have done Xi a great favor: they have bestowed upon him low expectations. Many Western observers, including thoughtful ones, believe that the great China growth story is over, because China is now ruled by an incompetent and isolated leader. Xi will...
A silver bullet for our hard times

A silver bullet for our hard times

Personal relations matter, and face-to-face meetings between leaders are more important than ever when bilateral ties are bad. We live in dark times. There are at least three major dark clouds hovering above our world. The first is inflation. It is roaring rapidly...