Belt & Road: The China-Laos-Thailand Corridor

Belt & Road: The China-Laos-Thailand Corridor

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) reaches out in all directions, across Central Asia into Europe, up into Russia, through the seas and oceans of Asia, out to Africa and of course, deep into Southeast Asia. The Southeast Asian leg of BRI consists primarily of a now-under-construction high-speed rail (HSR) line connecting China’s Yunnan Province…

What Kind of Help Does Haiti Really Need?

What Kind of Help Does Haiti Really Need?

Recognizing Beijing as the legitimate government of a united China can unlock unparalleled developmental opportunities connected with the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), which is emerging as among the most important centerpieces of the global economy, especially in the post-pandemic era. The Caribbean nation of Haiti, the world’s first independent majority-black state but regrettably also…

Say Hello to the Diplo-Taliban

Say Hello to the Diplo-Taliban

A very important meeting took place in Moscow last week, virtually hush-hush. Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, received Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan’s national security adviser. There were no substantial leaks. A bland statement pointed to the obvious: They “focused on the security situation in Afghanistan during the pullout of Western military contingencies and…

Is Foreign Meddling in Ethiopia Actually a Proxy War Against China?

Is Foreign Meddling in Ethiopia Actually a Proxy War Against China?

The US, its Western allies, and the Arab League must stop meddling in Ethiopia’s internal affairs and the GERD issue should be resolved via African Union-led talks, not the UNSC. Africa’s second most populous country of Ethiopia has recently experienced a surge in foreign meddling over the past year. This former kingdom, which was among…

Building the World Back Better?

Building the World Back Better?

The Senate recently demonstrated that the only adhesive capable of uniting the two parties is a good, old-fashioned enemy. Although the Democrats and Republicans continue to bicker over the Biden administration’s infrastructure legislation, they achieved rare accord in passing a major technology bill that directs investment into key sectors of the economy. Why the sudden…