Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Clemons is a senior fellow and the founder of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank in Washington, D.C., where he previously served as executive vice president. He writes and speaks frequently about the D.C. political scene, foreign policy, and national security issues, as well as domestic and global economic-policy challenges.
What has really collapsed in Japan is any sense of trust by citizens in their central government. Perhaps it has been that way in years past, but the cynicism about everyone in government today is higher than I've ever seen in Japan.
The walls that have protected US and European national security prizes, particularly some strategic assets and sensitive technologies, may be eroding given the desperate hunger for cash that so many deficit-plagued nations have today.
Xinhua reports that China was generally satisfied that a deal went through -- but China Central Bank Governor Zhou Xiaochuan also promised that China would diversify further its foreign exchange reserves.
The Afghanistan Study Group has issued an interactive chart on key opinion leaders and their views on how far America's limbs should be plunged into the Afghanistan quagmire. The US is currently on target to spend $119 billion in Afghanistan, which itself only has a GDP of $14 billion.
China's Internal pluralism may sound good -- but it's echo effects are essentially to block the outsider and maintain arrangements not through fair and overt competition but rather through back room deal-making.