International Organizations

  • The AIIB membership is impressive, and growing.

    The AIIB's Membership Represents a Diplomatic Victory for China

    With the number of founding members reaching 57, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), is surely a diplomatic success for China. This is not the first bank initiated by the country. The development bank for Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) groups China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan (with Azerbaijan and Armenia in talks to join) has been talk and has been in talks since 2009.

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  • Taiwan may have lost AIIB membership, but all is not lost.

    What's in a Name? Ask China about Taiwan's AIIB Membership Potential

    Taiwan has unsurprisingly been rejected as a founding member of the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Standing outside the AIIB tent may not be a bad thing for Taiwan. It offers the Taiwanese government a chance to observe the still-opaque intents and terms of the AIIB and to buy time to address concerns about how and why Taiwan should join the Chinese initiative.

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  • ASEAN works well together, so divided is not an option.

    ASEAN Dynamics Work Well, but Security Concerns Cloud its Future

    The dynamics at work in ASEAN are an under‐appreciated but crucial component of the Asia Pacific’s geo‐political equation. Understanding these dynamics offers insights for policymakers reviewing the United States’ rebalance to Asia.

    With more than 600 million people, the ten-nation ASEAN is a major trading partner for Australia, China, the US, and beyond. ASEAN’s significance comes from its position astride strategic and economic choke points of vital concern to countries that rely on free and unfettered access for their security and prosperity.

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  • The AIIB is off to a good start, but questions remain.

    China's Credibility and Influence Risk in the Success of the AIIB

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has become part of Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese Dream’ of national rejuvenation. The United States’ failure to block other developed economies from joining the AIIB seems to have brought this part of the ‘Chinese dream’ closer to its realisation. But it is way too early to celebrate. A bigger AIIB does not necessarily mean a better one. Beijing must prepare to play an institutional game with other members inside the AIIB.

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  • Fumbling the TPP like the AIIB would be a huge setback for Obama.

    Failure by the US on the TPP is not an Option for Obama

    America's poor response to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has underscored the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations.  A failure would risk hollowing out one of President Obama's major strategic foreign policy initiatives--the pivot to Asia.  A critical piece for both negotiations and Congressional approval is the granting of trade-promotion authority (aka fast-track), which allows for an up-down vote on the final agreement.

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  • The TPP may not provide the integration it promises.

    TPP Benefits Appear Far Less Certain than those from the AIIB

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a far more economically efficient option than the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for integrating Asian economies to each other and to the rest of the world. While the United States is attempting to thwart China’s AIIB by completing the TPP, it is likely to result in net costs to countries other than the US.

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  • OPEC as an organization seems to be clinging to life.

    Are OPEC's Days Numbered?

    OPEC has been the most talked about international organization among investors, analysts and international political lobbies in the last few months. 

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  • The US should want to be in this club.

    The U.S.'s Problem with the AIIB is the U.S.

    China’s growing economic clout is complicating US efforts to maintain its grip on the world’s leading multilateral economic institutions – as it has done since the end of World War II.

    The creation of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), established last year by China and many other Asian countries, has brought this challenge and how to address it front and center.

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  • ASEAN members should rise above blame to achieve their goals.

    ASEAN Members Need to Look Past the Blame Game

    Accusations against Cambodia made following the controversial 2012 ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh fail to acknowledge the challenges that each member state faces with the rise of China.

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