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Published: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:24:18 -0500

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The Sea Where The Sun Rises

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:11:12 -0500

"For much of Japan’s modern history, the sea has protected the Japanese from their neighbors,” yet today they are alarmed by the increasing evidence that “China may have a far greater appetite for risk in Asia’s near seas,” says CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith


The World Isn’t Waiting for Trump on Trade

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:44:07 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses economic responses in Asia to uncertainty over President-Elect Trump’s policies on trade.


Environmental Health and China’s Rise

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:49:30 -0500

CFR hosted a workshop to discuss environmental health linkages in China, the Chinese government’s capability to respond to associated health crises, and international experience for coping with similar challenges. 


Robert Rubin on the Future of US-China Relations

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:53:41 -0500

In this interview with Maurits Elen of The Diplomat, Robert Rubin shares his vision on Sino-American relations in the new Trump era.


The President's Inbox: North Korea

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:34:34 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Scott Snyder examine President-Elect Donald Trump's priorities on North Korea.


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Donald Trump Must Take North Korea's Nuclear Threat Seriously

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:47:53 -0500

During his annual New Year’s address on Sunday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s dropped a bombshell: He stated as part of his review of the past year's accomplishments that North Korea has entered “the final stage in preparations to test-launch” an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). One that could hit the United States. To deal with the threat, the Trump administration should strengthen sanctions and find a way to work with China or, at a minimum, should isolate North Korea as an essential area of cooperation in an otherwise contentious U.S.-China relationship. 


Donald Trump’s Pivot Through Asia

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 10:28:39 -0500

President Obama’s signature rebalance to the Pacific never really got off the ground. Could Trump succeed where he failed?


Abe and Obama: Reconciliation and the Rebalance

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 16:18:53 -0500

The meeting of U.S. and Japanese leaders in Pearl Harbor will be a reminder of the remarkable journey that transformed the two countries from adversaries to allies, writes CFR’s Sheila A. Smith.


Human Rights and Duterte’s War on Drugs

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 15:56:29 -0500

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings, raising human rights concerns, says expert John Gershman in this interview.


Trump and China: 5 Views From Beijing

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 15:37:57 -0500

When the Chinese Foreign Ministry expresses “serious concern” about things Donald Trump has said about Taiwan—and a party-controlled newspaper calls him “as ignorant as a child”—it’s clear that Beijing is alarmed. Yet after spending last week in China, I came away struck by the overall complacency of Chinese attitudes toward the president-elect, writes Stephen Sestanovich. 


What Future for the Asia Pivot Under Trump?

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 12:52:44 -0500

How will President-Elect Trump follow up the Obama administration's Asia pivot? Five Asia experts reflect on the region’s top priorities. 


Impeaching South Korean President Park Geun-hye: Where Does The Country Go From Here?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:19:06 -0500

Following weeks of tense political scandal, the South Korean National Assembly voted overwhelmingly by a margin of 234-56 on a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye. Scott Snyder discusses where to go from here. 


The President's Inbox: China

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:23:36 -0500

In this episode of The President's Inbox, CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Elizabeth Economy examine President-Elect Donald Trump's priorities on China.


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Remembering America's Forgotten Wars

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 10:44:41 -0500

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon questions whether America’s post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will retake center stage with the potential appointment of a military leader to secretary of defense. According to Lemmon, “If confirmed, Mattis…would force Americans to confront these conflicts at a time when the United States has done a good job forgetting to feel like a country at war.”


South Korea’s Leadership Crisis

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:42:44 -0500

President Park Geun-hye’s scandal has intensified the need for constitutional revisions that would enable South Korea to better manage leadership crises, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder.


Should China’s Neighbors Rely on the U.S. for Protection?

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 15:09:31 -0500

"President-elect Trump will find out very quickly that our allies are less a liability and more the very strategic asset the U.S. needs," writes Sheila A. Smith, CFR senior fellow for Japan studies. 


India-U.S. Ties in a Trump Presidency

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:30:42 -0500

Much of the new U.S. administration’s foreign policy is a mystery, but expect broad policy continuity in U.S. relations with India while geopolitical and geoeconomic questions pull the two countries in new directions.


Post-Election, Will the U.S. Have an Asia Policy?

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 12:01:16 -0400

Among many challenges revealed during the 2016 presidential election to the Obama adminisration’s rebalance to Asia, Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, notes “it is the United States’ own commitment to the region that seems the most fragile.”


U.S. Has Failed to Ease Adjustment to Globalization and Free Trade, Says Alden in New Book

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:06:25 -0400

In Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy, Council on Foreign Relations Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow Edward Alden explains why the political consensus in support of trade liberalization has collapsed, and how to correct the course.  The United States has contributed more than any other nation to writing the rules that created the competitive global economy of today, helping support stronger growth in much of the world. Yet successive U.S. administrations have done far too little to help Americans succeed under those rules, says Alden.


How The Next U.S. President Can Contain China In Cyberspace

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:13:08 -0400

When transition planning gets underway in earnest this fall, one of the hardest memos to write will be the outbrief from the current National Security Council (NSC) team on what to do about China’s ongoing campaign of cyber espionage targeting the intellectual property of U.S. companies. While long a focus of both the president’s cyber and China teams, there is little chance that in the coming months the issue is going to be brought to any type of resolution. Instead, the next president will inherit a partially implemented plan that has produced positive results in the short term, but its long-term sustainability remains uncertain. He or she would be wise to follow the playbook left by the Obama administration, with a redoubled focus on the investigation and prosecution of cybercrime.


What Past Trade Deals Reveal About Drug Pricing

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:12:31 -0400

Thomas Bollyky discusses the importance of empirical evidence in assessing the effects of U.S. trade deals on drug prices.


A Looming Power Struggle for China?

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 15:58:35 -0400

If President Xi Jinping hopes to extend his leadership beyond two terms, he must prevent the Communist Party from selecting a successor in the coming months, says expert Minxin Pei.


A Conversation With Ai Weiwei

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:08:31 -0400

Famous Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei discusses art, politics, human rights, and China's future.


Nuclear North Korea

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:00:51 -0400

Adam Mount and Scott A. Snyder discuss the threat of North Korea's accelerating nuclear program and offer policy recommendations for stability in Northeast Asia.


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A New Approach to Thailand's Insurgency

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:08:18 -0400

Southern Thailand has faced a brutal insurgency since 2001. Today, there is a chance the insurgency will be infiltrated by ISIS, which has recruited over one thousand Southeast Asians.


Duterte’s Flip-Flop Into Bed With China Is a Disaster for the United States

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:55:48 -0400

With the Philippine president ditching Washington for Beijing, the contest to control the South China Sea just got a lot more complicated.


The Return of the East Asian Savings Glut

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:41:15 -0400

The traditional U.S. economic agenda in East Asia needs to be complemented with a push for the policies needed to bring East Asia’s savings down to a level that the region can more easily absorb internally. 


Thailand’s New Uncertainty

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 12:44:35 -0400

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses the potential for continuing political instability in Thailand following the death of King Bhumibol. 


The Mixed Legacy of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 09:20:52 -0400

The long-reigning Thai king’s tacit support of military coups over the last decade undercuts his past image as a force for stability, writes CFR’s Joshua Kurlantzick. 


The U.S. Can't Afford to Forget Its Wars -- or Why It Fights Them

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 15:18:56 -0400

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon highlights the need for renewed attention on the war in Afghanistan. Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops remain in the country and U.S. casualties are close to 2,300, but little about Afghanistan has made headlines in recent years or received mention by political leaders.