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Chinese President Xi Jinping has consolidated his power and now is pushing to make a lasting impact, including by changing the rules to remain in office for a third term. It looks likely that he will achieve his goals, but plenty of obstacles still stand in his way. Expect him to emphasize ideology over practical economics. If his efforts stall, he may turn to the military for support.
The Ukrainian government and its international supporters are beaming with confidence that the country is finally turning the corner. While the economy may have bottomed out, there is still plenty of room for worry. As long as the political elites continue to put personal enrichment before transparent governance, the odds are against a rapid rebound. And without a strong economic recovery, another violent uprising could be in the cards.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Chinese President Xi Jinping is consolidating power at a strikingly effective rate. His anticorruption drive has not only managed to gain him popularity, he has also used it to eliminate political opponents. But his success raises questions about what direction he plans to take China and whether he intends to remain in power longer than expected.
The next Nato summit, to be held in Warsaw in July 2016, may be the alliance’s fourth in a row without adding new members. Assuming the days of enlargement are over would be a mistake, because Nato’s ‘open door’ policy is one of the best ways to convince countries to reform their economies and governments. Failure to invite one of the four current applicants - Mac...
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
Professor Enrico Colombatto