2010, the Chinese year of the tiger, may be a difficult year for both the literal and metaphorical big cat. While wild tiger numbers have fallen to 3,200, China faces a year of possible difficulties. The fear of rampant inflation, continued conflict over Tibet and other areas of China’s relations with the wider world, and an increase in protectionism could all combine to trip up the Chinese behemoth. (more…)

The disaster in Haiti seems to have exposed the differing capabilities of states around the world in reaction to disasters and other security problems. The US has been, perhaps predictably, noticeably active in promising money, aid and troops in order to rebuild the shattered country. However, there seems to be a worrying lack of action from certain states lauded as the bearers of power in the 21st century. What has Haiti exposed on the international scene? (more…)