The problem with mandatory standards is that enforcement is normally beyond the ability of any single government department, especially when we are talking about critical infrastructure, says Dave Clemente.
If [Shinzo Abe is] in this for the long game and wants to last longer as prime minister than he did the first time, he certainly has the motivation to be more pragmatic, says John Swenson-Wright.
Washington is trying to emphasize its commitment to Japan's defense but at the same time it’s being careful not to commit on the sovereignty question, says John Swenson-Wright.
Prof Andrew Dorman said [former armed forces minister Sir Nick] Harvey's dismissal 'would seem to confirm that the Trident Alternative Review has, to all intents and purposes, been shelved with the acquiescence of the leadership of the Liberal Democrats'.
The ouster 'undermines the constitutional legitimacy and political cover for intervention' and 'sets back the process of securing a political green light' for retaking the north, says Paul Melly.
The idea of replicating the G7 and G20 with a Resource 30, or R30 as it would be known, has come out of Chatham House... The report, Resources Futures, argues that the world is undergoing intense resource stress, and poorly designed and short-sighted policies are making things worse, not better.
Essentially it's gone from being a very science-based treaty to being much more about trade and the manipulation of trade... so in terms of getting to grips with this rather critical global challenge it hasn't been particularly effective, says Cleo Paskal.
Professor Paul Stevens condemned Mr Osborne's autumn statement for implying that gas would be cheaper in the future and that the price decline would be the result of tapping Britain's shale gas resources.
Governments must cooperate to tackle increasingly sharp swings in prices of commodities such as food, metals and oil that threaten stability within and between countries, Chatham House said.
Pressure on the world's resources is becoming so great the situation could trigger a proliferation of hunger and warfare hugely damaging to the global economy, according to an analysis published today by Chatham House.
The danger now is that all these [Islamists] will go to Mali and train and make a holy war like in Afghanistan, and then they will come back to Tunisia. Our main foreign policy challenge for the next three years is to restore order to Mali, says Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki in The World Today.
A large section of the opposition have always felt uncomfortable with the election result that brought Morsi to power. What we are seeing is an ongoing power struggle. The majority would want to go to a referendum and see this out, Maha Azzam told Al-Jazeera TV.