Winds of change are blowing in the Caribbean, and warming the historically rigid and frigid relations between Cuba and the United States. On Dec. 17, U.S. President Barack Obama announced plans to resume diplomatic relations, along with an exchange of imprisoned individuals.
Tuesday's earth-shattering killings in Peshawar took place on the 43rd anniversary of the Pakistani surrender in Dhaka. Coincidence it might be, but what a poignant one.
One of the last legacies of the Cold War has ended with Washington re-establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba after a fifty-three year break in relations.
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“Is it children we are killing now? My God, what are we? Savages?”
This year began with some Chinese and American foreign-policy analysts looking back a century to World War I and wondering if confrontation was inevitable between a rising power and a dominant one. But now there has been progress on climate, trade and security issues and what seems a modest “reset” of the Sino-American relationship.
Controversy recently erupted over South Korean a bill aimed at guaranteeing undocumented immigrant children the right to receive education and medical treatment.
The growing incidences of violence against journalists involving Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party supporters are extremely worrying. The scenes of young women TV presenters being mobbed and heckled at rallies are the latest example of the party's growing intolerance toward freedom of expression.
The rout of the Nationalist Party, or Kuomintang (KMT), in Taiwan by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in local elections on Nov. 29 changed Taiwan's political landscape overnight, making the DPP candidate for president in 2016 the odds-on favorite and possibly marking a change in cross-strait relations.
Whether the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) will be able to reconstruct itself will most likely hinge on how the race to replace DPJ President Banri Kaieda turns out.
The South China Sea conflict has been raging for years with no solution in sight. At a forum on maritime cooperation in East Asia held by the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council (APRC) on Dec. 2, it was said that finding a solution to the South China Sea conflict would be difficult as the conflict related to the issue of sovereignty.