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Published: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:31:48 -0500

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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.


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. 


North Korea’s Testing Decade

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:44:03 -0400

Ten years after North Korea’s first nuclear test, sanctions and negotiations have done little to quell the regime’s ambition of becoming a nuclear weapons state, writes CFR’s Scott Snyder. 


Southeast Asia—The Islamic State's New Front?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 16:46:07 -0400

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses the threat to South and Southeast Asia posed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.


U.S. Strategy in Asia: Is the Pivot Working?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:18:45 -0400

Experts discuss the Obama administration's "Pivot to Asia" strategy, its successes and failures, and the evolving dynamics of U.S. relations across Asia.


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Beijing and Taipei Should End Their Tug of War Over Repatriation of Criminal Suspects

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:24:29 -0400

In this op-ed Jerry Cohen and Yu-Jie Chen argue that both governments would benefit if China ceased a new policy of having Taiwanese criminals from third countries deported to China instead of Taiwan.


Remarks by Secretary Kerry on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:05:03 -0400

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke at the Wilson Center on September 28, 2016. He discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership and how it relates to the Obama administration's rebalance to Asia.


Relations in "Kim Jong Un's Era"

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:56:26 -0400

China-South Korea tensions rose with the announcement of the U.S.-South Korea alliance decision to deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea and South Korean protests against illegal Chinese fishing. Exclusive economic zones (EEZs) remain another point of China-South Korea tension. Although China and South Korea seek to advance trade within various frameworks, such efforts only highlight a widening gap between the economic and political aspects of their relationship. Current security priorities require effective approaches to both immediate differences over THAAD and EEZs and longer-term preferences over how to effectively promote lasting stability on the Korean Peninsula, write Snyder and See Won Byun, PhD candidate in political science at the George Washington University.


Afghanistan at an Inflection Point

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:58:02 -0400

Afghanistan’s unity government has made progress on reform but remains dogged by endemic corruption and a resilient insurgency, says expert Christopher D. Kolenda.


The Coming Confrontation with North Korea

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:54:02 -0400

It is increasingly likely that the next U.S. President will face a fateful decision regarding North Korea’s nuclear program, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.


A Conversation With Salahuddin Rabbani

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:41:37 -0400

Salahuddin Rabbani discusses the challenges and opportunities facing Afghanistan's national unity government.


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China Vital to Countering a More Dangerous North Korea

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:25:33 -0400

North Korea’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons poses a great danger to Northeast Asia and the United States. Washington should pursue policies that will induce Beijing to exert more pressure on its neighbor, says retired Admiral Mike Mullen. 


US-Japan Relations: Hiroshima to The Hague

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:52:50 -0400

Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies, overviews President Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima in May and his last visit to Asia that reemphasized the regional priorities of his “pivot” to Asia. She, together with Charles McClean of University of California, San Diego, also examine the shared challenges the United States and Japan face such as domestic politics of each country,  the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, North Korean fifth nuclear test, and continued maritime tensions in Asia even after the ruling of The Hague came out.


U.S. Should Sharpen Strategy and Enlist China to Counter Threat from North Korea, Says CFR Task Force

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:19:04 -0400

A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia, finds that the United States’ policy of “strategic patience” with North Korea will neither halt that country’s recurring and dangerous cycle of provocation nor ensure the stability of Northeast Asia in the future. To the contrary, the Task Force warns, “If allowed to continue, current trends will predictably, progressively, and gravely threaten U.S. national security interests and those of its allies.”