Articles on Asia

Democratic Asia changes course (Commentary)

François Godement - 12 February 2008

In the past few years, almost all of East Asia's fully fledged democracies have changed leadership - but this has gone rather unnoticed by European observers who focus on China alone.

What does China think? (Commentary)

Mark Leonard - 11 February 2008

China is emerging not just as an economic giant, but as a powerhouse of ideas about politics, economics and world order. Its own model of globalisation could re-shape much of the world.

In need of an EU approach to China (Commentary)

John Fox - 23 January 2008

Gordon Brown, like many of his EU counterparts, focussed on national interests and commercial contracts in his China trip last week. But EU leaders need to work together not compete with each other to benefit from China's rise.

Afghanistan: Europe's Forgotten War (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 18 January 2008

New ECFR report, to be published on Monday 21 January, criticises European efforts in Afghanistan and calls for a "grand bargain" between the United States and the EU to avert failure.

Status quo in Afghanistan is untenable (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 15 January 2008

After six-and-a-half years of war and the biggest NATO operation in history, Afghanistan remains in the throes of insurgency and President Hamid Karzai's government is perilously weak. The EU needs to get a reality check, and fast.

Useful links on Afghanistan (Commentary)

Useful links on Afghanistan - 08 January 2008

A series of recommended texts on Afghanistan.

Our Q&A on Afghanistan (Commentary)

Our Q&A on Afghanistan - 26 December 2007

A backgrounder on the problems plaguing Afghanistan's reconstruction, and on why the war-torn country should matter to Europe.

Looking for Afghanistan?s ?Anbar moment? (Commentary)

Daniel Korski - 26 December 2007

The U.S and Europe are casting about for Afghanistan's "Anbar moment". But the warring tribes to be united first are the international ones.

The EU meets China: united we stand? (Commentary)

François Godement - 28 November 2007

The EU delegation has prepared an unusually full agenda for the annual EU-China Summit. However, there is a real danger they will go home empty-handed, and the Chinese will hijack the event to lecture about Taiwan and the Dalai Lama.

Demasiado poco y demasiado tarde (Commentary)

José Ignacio Torreblanca - 25 October 2007

Europa ha hecho demasiado poco y demasiado tarde en Afganist?n.