Terraforming Diplomacy: Beijing, Manila and the Scarborough Shoal

Over the last eight years I've commissioned, edited or led a dozen or more research studies and analytical pieces on the South China Sea disputes.   China's assertiveness in the region, and especially the way that it has operationalized its diplomatic…

NATO’S New Secretary General

Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen took over the reins as NATO Secretary General (SecGen) this past weekend. His social media campaign kicked in, too, with a new video blog, Facebook page (34,000+ fans and counting), and Twitter stream. It's the little things that matter, really: he - or whoever - didn't post to the blog as "Admin" or "PAO" or anyone else, but as Anders Fogh Rasmussen. That doesn't mean he's really doing it himself (although the video part would be part to fake), but at least

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