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Why summits matter

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November’s three summits—the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Beijing, the East Asian Summit in Naypyidaw, and the G-20 meeting in Brisbane—should have the skeptics eating their words.

Posted: November 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The global march toward peace

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If we were hoping for peace in our time, 2012 did not deliver it. Conflict grew ever bloodier in Syria, continued to grind on in Afghanistan, and flared up periodically in West, Central and East Africa. There were multiple episodes of ethnic, sectarian, and politically motivated violence in Burma (Myanmar), South Asia, and around the Middle East. Tensions between China and its neighbors have escalated in the South China Sea, and between China and Japan in the East China Sea. Concerns about North Korea’s and Iran’s nuclear programs remain unresolved.

Posted: December 31st, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A world of gray

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VÁCLAV Havel, the Czech playwright and dissident turned president, and North Korean despot Kim Jong-il might have lived on different planets, for all their common commitment to human dignity, rights and democracy. When they died just a day apart (last month), the contrast was hard for the global commentariat to resist: Prague’s prince of light against Pyongyang’s prince of darkness.

Posted: January 5th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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