from Ian Bremmer:

Japan’s path forward, in five steps

By Ian Bremmer
May 9, 2014

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On the surface, Barack Obama’s recent Japan visit struck all the right chords for Tokyo. For the first time ever, an American president stated that the U.S.-Japan security treaty extends to the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands dispute, the most combustible geopolitical conflict between Japan and China. And Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a “key milestone” for negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the trade deal that encompasses 12 countries and more than 40 percent of the world’s economic output.

from The Great Debate:

Obama: Going ‘all in’ for the Asian Century

By Josette Sheeran
April 22, 2014

The reaction in Asia to the dominance of U.S. power is only surpassed by a fear that the United States is in retreat.

from The Great Debate:

Obama: Building trade to build growth

By Edward Alden
December 5, 2013

The Obama administration has quietly embraced the most ambitious agenda on trade and investment liberalization in the past two decades.

from The Great Debate:

A shifting global economy brings Australia to a crossroads

By Dan Steinbock
November 29, 2013

Australia is no longer immune to the stagnation in the West. Despite a resilient housing market, Australia’s economy is slowing. With a worsening labor market, consumption is eroding, along with business confidence.

from Breakingviews:

New-age trade clubs: A guide for the perplexed

July 24, 2013

By Andy Mukherjee

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

from Global Investing:

Russia’s starting blocs – the EEU

July 23, 2013

The course is more than 20 million square kilometers, and covers 15 percent of the world's land surface. It's not a new event in next month's IAAF World Championships in Moscow but a long-term project to better integrate emerging Eurasian economies.

from The Great Debate:

The most important trade deal you’ve never heard of

December 15, 2011
By David Gordon and Sean West The views expressed are their own. 

With Europe at the fore, it seems hard to justify paying attention to a congressional hearing about a trade deal nobody’s ever heard of.  But the most important trade agreement in a generation—the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the subject of a House Ways and Means Committee hearing yesterday—is quietly advancing.  The pact, a free-trade deal including the US and several other Pacific Rim nations, will profoundly affect economic and security relations between the US and Asia.  And it may ultimately reshape global economics.