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Averaging 40,000 quakes a year, Alaska finally to get serious tectonic study

via The Japan Times    May 25, 2017

This undated photo provided by Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology shows a seismic station installed at Anaktuvak Pass in Alaska's Brooks Range. The station sends out earthquake information in real time. A seismometer rests at the bottom of a borehole and a fiberglass hut equipped with solar panels protects the station power system, electronics and radio telemetry equipment. | INCORPORATED RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS FOR SEISMOLOGY / VIA AP

Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America’s shakiest state is about to have its ...

Goodbye globalism, hello mercantilism?

By Takamitsu Sawa
- via The Japan Times    May 21, 2017

It appears all but certain that the age of globalization, which lasted for a quarter century, will come to an end.

Rising seas set to double coastal flooding by 2050: study

via The Japan Times    May 19, 2017

Fishermen work off the coast of Suva, Fiji. | REUTERS

Rising sea levels driven by global warming are on track to dramatically boost the frequency of coastal flooding worldwide by mid-century, especially in tropical regions, researchers said Thursday. ...

U.N. climate talks wrap up under threat of U.S. exodus

via The Japan Times    May 19, 2017

A family board their canoe at sunset in Suva, Fiji. | REUTERS

U.N. climate talks concluded in Bonn Thursday with envoys putting on a brave face despite the threat of an American exodus from the global pact to stem global warming. “We are all vulnerable ...

Talks on airplane laptop ban end with no ban, more talks slated but airlines firmly opposed

via The Japan Times    May 18, 2017

A traveler gives her laptop to a Transport Security Administration official before scanning her carry-on bags at Terminal 4 of JFK airport in New York City Wednesday. | REUTERS

Talks on a proposed U.S. ban on laptops and tablets in flights from Europe ended Wednesday with no ban — and a promise of more talks and better intelligence sharing. For days now, European Union of...

China aiming for a regional empire

By Noah Feldman
- via The Japan Times    May 18, 2017

China for the past two decades has been displacing U.S. influence in Asia. Belt and Road is an evolutionary step in this strategy.

China’s Xi pledges $14.5 billion for ‘Belt and Road’ globalization initiative

via The Japan Times    May 14, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping exits the stage after addressing the 'Belt and Road' globalization initiative in Beijing on Sunday. | REUTERS

President Xi Jinping laid the framework for Chinese-style globalization and his ambition to lead it in a speech inaugurating his cornerstone diplomatic initiative for a new Silk Road. Xi described ...

Senior North Korean diplomat says country is open to dialogue with U.S. under right ‘conditions’

via The Japan Times    May 13, 2017

Choe Son Hui (left), head of the North Korean Foreign Ministry's North America bureau, speaks with an unidentified companion at Beijing's international airport on Saturday. | KYODO

A senior North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the United States said Saturday that Pyongyang would have dialogue with the U.S. administration if conditions ...

Renegotiating NAFTA

By James M. Lindsay
- via Foreign Affairs    May 12, 2017

Andres Rozental and Rohinton Medhora join CFR's James M. Lindsay in examining the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Hard Power’s Essential Soft Side

By Joseph S. Nye Jr.,Zachary Laub
- via Foreign Affairs    Mar 30, 2017

President Trump’s proposal to build up the military while slashing funds for diplomacy and foreign assistance misses how “soft power” can advance the national interest, says Josep...

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