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Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 08:55:41 -0400

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Trump's Bluff on North Korea Will Not Work

Tue, 16 May 2017 15:03:27 -0400

Writing in the Nikkei Asian Review, Philip Gordon argues that Trump’s approach to North Korea is unlikely to work—and could come back to haunt him.

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The United States Is Losing Asia to China

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:57:30 -0400

With Washington in disarray, the Belt and Road Forum kicking off this weekend in Beijing should be a blaring wake up call that U.S. leadership in Asia is in peril.

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China’s Big Bet on Soft Power

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:38:05 -0400

China is believed to spend billions of dollars to boost its international image, but it has yet to see a marked return on its investment in soft power.

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Uncertainty Among U.S. Allies in Northeast Asia

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:44:01 -0400

As tensions in Northeast Asia grow over Pyongyang’s nuclear pursuits, collective action is the only way to bring stability to the region, writes CFR’s Sheila A. Smith. 

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South Korea at the Crossroads

Mon, 08 May 2017 10:00:46 -0400

In this CFR Book, Scott A. Snyder charts South Korea's foreign-policy choices in an increasingly uncertain Asia.

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Trump to Cut Foreign Aid Budgets, Opening South and Central Asia's Door to Chinese Influence

Thu, 04 May 2017 15:35:07 -0400

It looks like U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to reduce the foreign aid budget will come at a cost to his administration's other aims in South and Central Asia. Some of the cuts come as no surprise as they target programs, like climate change, that the president came into office determined to roll back. But others will undermine stated administration priorities, such as regional counterterrorism and cooperation with India. 

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Understanding South Korea’s Tense Election

Thu, 04 May 2017 11:39:47 -0400

South Korea’s tumultuous political season culminates in a May 9 presidential election, with complicated ties with the United States looming and the favored candidate backing a softer stance toward North Korea, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder.

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Why Trump Was Right to Invite Duterte to the White House

Wed, 03 May 2017 16:04:20 -0400

President Trump raised hackles over the weekend by offering a White House invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines president accused of abetting deaths squads and extrajudicial killings as part of his signature war on drugs. Victims have numbered in the thousands, reported to include not only small-time users and petty criminals, but also political opponents and even children.

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Adrift in Afghanistan

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:50:54 -0400

As the war in Afghanistan drifts back into the public spotlight, Senior Fellow Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that five “urgent questions must be answered about the near- and long-term future of the fight.” The United States must clarify its definition of stability and success in Afghanistan, determine whether the Taliban, ISIS, or both is the enemy, discuss how many troops are needed on the ground, and create plans for stemming the loss of life among Afghan forces and for bringing an end to the war. 

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Can China Become the World’s Clean Energy Leader?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:39:58 -0400

China seems poised to surpass the United States in leading clean energy innovation and climate change response, but Beijing faces internal challenges to energy reform.

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A Conversation With Arun Jaitley

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 14:42:08 -0400

Arun Jaitley discusses the status of India’s economy, its relationship with the United States, and its place in the world economy.

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A Taiwanese Man’s Detention in Guangdong Threatens a Key Pillar of Cross-Straits Relations

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:08:33 -0400

In this article Jerome Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen examine the case of Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese human rights activist who was detained in China, and the risks his detention poses for cross-strait relations. 

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Jakarta Election Signals Erosion of Religious Tolerance

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:26:15 -0400

The rise of hard-line identity politics at the center of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election raises questions about Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance, says CFR’s Karen Brooks.

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The Role of Religion in Indonesian Democracy

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:30:02 -0400

Jakob Tobing, Alwi Shihab, Azyumardi Azra, and Amin Abdullah discuss the role of religion in Indonesian democracy. 

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Can India Save the Warming Planet?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:35:48 -0400

With its population and living standards rising quickly, India is a wild-card country that could prevent the world from limiting global warming to sought-for levels—or it could help make the difference in a better future. For the country to make a low-carbon transition, technical and financial support from other nations will be crucial, writes Varun Sivaram. 

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"Mother of All Bombs" Reminds Us That America Is Still at War in Afghanistan

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:48:35 -0400

In the wake of the “mother of all bombs,” Gayle Tzemach Lemmon argues that the war in Afghanistan requires greater national attention, discussion, understanding, and strategy. 

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Sound and Fury

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:49:20 -0400

The dropping of the Mother of All Bombs in Afghanistan shouldn’t be cause for unseemly celebration; instead it should be taken as a sign that the war in Afghanistan isn't going well.

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Small Footprint, Small Payoff

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:38:15 -0400

Stephen Biddle, Julia McDonald, and Ryan Baker argue that training, equipping, and advising partner militaries is an increasingly popular alternative to large U.S. ground force deployments in places like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine, and many other places where the United States has real but limited interests at stake. Yet SFA has often yielded disappointing results in actual practice. The authors explain this pattern as the result of systematic interest misalignment between the United States and the partners it must work with in these kinds of missions—and argue that these problems are only partly remediable. The authors present ways to do better at the margin, but also argue that underlying interest misalignment will limit this tool's likely utility in the future, and that U.S. decision makers must take this into account when deciding when, where, and how to use it. 

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North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:36:29 -0400

George Perkovich, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, joins CFR's James M. Lindsay and Robert McMahon in examining President Donald J. Trump's options on North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.cfr.org/~r/region/asia/~5/CmktoylSTlg/20170411_TPI_DPRK_Nukes.mp3




Reducing Tensions Between Russia and NATO

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:33:49 -0400

Tensions between Russia and NATO are high, making escalatory rhetoric, dangerous military encounters, and conflict frighteningly real. Please join us for a discussion on a new approach to U.S. policy toward Russia, with speakers Kimberly Marten, Ann Whitney Olin professor of political science at Barnard College, and Ambassador Alexander R. Vershbow, distinguished fellow at the Atlantic Council.

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Forget the Subs: What Taipei Can Learn From Tehran About Asymmetric Defense

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:59:33 -0400

Ahead of the Donald Trump-Xi Jinping summit this week at Mar-a-Lago, Taiwan is understandably anxious. Trump’s ascendance to the American presidency has injected uncertainty into the U.S. approach to China and Taiwan — an element of foreign policy that is traditionally carefully calibrated to avoid upsetting the precarious cross-strait arrangement.

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The Potential for Progress at the US-China Meeting

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:07:53 -0400

The trajectory of the next four years will hinge on whether both sides can avoid a trade or any other kind of war, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.

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Putting Pressure on China Probably Won’t Help U.S. Workers. Here’s What Might.

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:51:20 -0400

The U.S.-China relationship is one issue on which President Trump’s instincts are at least partly right — for China, let’s be honest, does not always play fair in international economic relations. It has limited respect for intellectual property; it subsidizes strategic industries with bargain loans and export credits; it uses government power over procurement to favor domestic firms.

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How Trump Can Get Xi to Yes on North Korea

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:47:06 -0400

President Trump should take into consideration China’s security interests in order to effectively persuade President Xi Jinping to use leverage on North Korea.

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Xi Meets Trump

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:16:12 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Ely Ratner examine President Donald J. Trump's first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.cfr.org/~r/region/asia/~5/jxsGVddsuho/20170404_TPI_Xi.mp3




Trump Is Making a Huge Mistake by Giving VIP Treatment to China

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:57:44 -0400

If President Trump wants to get tough on China, hosting President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago later this week is a big step in the wrong direction.

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Tillerson Bumbles Around Asia

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:06:06 -0400

The Trump team’s early forays into Asia couldn’t have gone better. In early February, Defense Secretary James Mattis received high praise for his trip to Tokyo and Seoul, reassuring nervous allies that the Trump administration would continue decades of American leadership in Asia. A week later, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe braved a visit to the White House and was rewarded with President Donald Trump reaffirming the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

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How China Is Preparing for Cyberwar

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:33:50 -0400

The United States and China have made progress on curbing commercial cyberespionage. Now, the global powers need to set limits when it comes to digital warfare. 

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Out of Time in North Korea

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:26:26 -0400

The U.S. policy of strategic patience with North Korea is finished. But direct U.S. talks with Pyongyang, conditioned on a nuclear & missile testing freeze, intrusive inspections, & a ban on transfers to third parties, could be best U.S. option, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.

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U.S.-India Relations

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:05:06 -0400

CFR's James M. Lindsay and Alyssa Ayres examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on India.

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Media Files:
http://feeds.cfr.org/~r/region/asia/~5/RsYMltaZI5Q/20170316_TPI_India_2.mp3