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On October 14 through 16, Richard Gowan will be participating in the Challenges Forum, an annual peacekeeping conference in Beijing. The Challenges Forum is a strategic and dynamic platform for dialogue among policymakers, practitioners and academics on key issues and developments in peace operations. The aim is to shape the debate by promoting awareness of emerging issues and identifying key challenges facing military, police and civilian peace operations. 

Oct 14, 2014
Richard Gowan
China, Europe
Peace Operations

China, as one of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, has been actively involved in a series of peacekeeping missions, as well as regional and international issues.

Watch the full CCTV video here.

Sep 27, 2014
Richard Gowan

China’s development progress in recent years has driven global progress on the MDGs. Between 1981 and 2010, 680 million people were lifted out of poverty in China. This comprises three quarters of the world’s total decline in extreme poverty over the same period.

Jun 30, 2014
Shelley Ranii

In Still Ours to Lead: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension Between Rivalry and Restraint, Brookings Senior Fellow and my CIC colleague Bruce Jones sets out a compelling analysis of the present global power structure.

Jun 19, 2014

Dear Prime Minister,

“Now would be a good time to review and overhaul your UN policies – if only to make space for more pressing priorities.”

Read the full Memo to to the Prime Minister in Pragati

May 09, 2014
Richard Gowan

The Financial Times reported yesterday that China is poised to replace the United States as the world’s largest economy this year—five years earlier than expected—stripping the U.S. of a title that it has held since 1872. This development has intensified debate not only over whether China is now the world’s foremost economic power, but also over whether it is on track to displace the U.S. for global preeminence.

May 01, 2014
Bruce Jones
China, United States

In April 2013, China announced it would host the fourth Foreign Minister’s Meeting of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan in 2014. That meeting, which will take place this August in Tianjin, will represent China’s most significant regional engagement on Afghanistan to date. China’s decision to host is part of a broader pattern of increased engagement, suggesting a shift in Beijing’s posture toward Afghanistan. China has indicated that it intends to become increasingly involved in discussions on the role of the region and international community after NATO’s combat mission ends in 2014.

Apr 24, 2014
Thomas Zimmerman

The paper Fueling a New Order? The New Geopolitical and Security Consequences of Energy examines impacts of the major transformation in international energy markets that has begun. The United States is poised to overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest oil producer and, combined with new developments in natural gas, is on track to become the dominant player in global energy markets. Meanwhile, China is in place to surpass the United States in its scale of oil imports, and has already edged out the U.S. in carbon emissions.

Apr 15, 2014
Bruce Jones, David Steven, Emily O'Brien

As Rwanda marks the 20th anniversary of the country’s genocide, the UN is set to debate its failings in handling the crisis. The international body was severely criticized following the genocide, which saw between 500 thousand and a million Rwandans slaughtered over a 100 day period. Questions are being raised over whether the UN has changed enough to prevent similar atrocities from happening again.

Apr 07, 2014
Richard Gowan
United Nations

On March 11-12, 2014, CIC and the Chinese Institute of International Studies (CIIS) co-hosted two trilateral discussions, the US-China-Afghanistan Dialogue and the US-China-Pakistan Dialogue. CIC Director Dr. Barnett Rubin and CIIS's Qu Xing and Dong Manyuan chaired the event, which brought together a group of nearly 30 scholars, US officials, and former officials from the four countries for candid, in-depth discussions on approaches to the upcoming transition in Afghanistan.

Mar 11, 2014
Barnett Rubin
China, Central Asia, Middle East