WPR Articles 16 Apr 2011 - 22 Apr 2011
In March, reports surfaced that Mongolia and the U.S. had been holding informal discussions on a proposal to build a regional depository of spent nuclear fuel in Mongolia. News of the story spread quickly, and Mongolian public opinion came out decidedly against the proposal. Though Mongolia officially denied the reports, it made sure not to cast any doubt on its interest in the continued growth of its uranium exports.
The signals emanating from the mini-summit between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese President Hu Jintao, held on the sidelines of the recently concluded BRICS conference in Hainan, China, were largely positive. The leaders of the two Asian neighbors both showed an interest in arresting the downward slide in bilateral relations that had lately touched a low.
Though the situation on the ground is still unsettled, it is not too early to think about the lessons learned from the NATO intervention in Libya. Indeed, with disturbances continuing across the Arab world, it is worth thinking through not simply the lessons that have been learned thus far, but the disjuncture between those lessons and the ones the international community might have wanted to impart.
The plight of the Indian freighter MV Asphalt Venture added a new dimension to India's fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean when Somali pirates announced they would retain seven Indian sailors as hostages, even though they had released the ship itself. India can no longer afford a purely defensive strategy on the high seas, but must now look at both economic and political intervention in the Horn of Africa.
In the glare of global anticipation, and despite a botched first attempt, Nigeria conducted presidential and national assembly elections that have been largely viewed by domestic and international observers as fair and free. This is a significant achievement compared to the last three marred attempts. But deadly post-election riots in the north have cast a shadow over the balloting and highlighted challenges ahead.