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Published: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:51:52 -0400

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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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America Needs an "Engage and Contain" Strategy for China

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:06:21 -0400

According to Ambassador Robert Blackwill, previous U.S. strategies of "engaging and hedging" with respect to China have failed. Will the Trump administration develop the right grand strategy to deal with China and protect U.S. vital interests?

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Don’t Buy China’s Peace Plan For North Korea

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:47:22 -0500

In a matter of weeks, all of China’s fears have come to a head on the Korean Peninsula. At an airport in Malaysia in mid-February, the exiled half-brother of North Korea’s ruler was assassinated with a nerve agent, reminding the world that the Hermit Kingdom is run by a paranoid and violent regime. Closer to home, North Korea conducted two rounds of ballistic missile tests in stark violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

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How North Korea Evades UN Sanctions Through International "Front" Companies

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:32:34 -0500

North Korean sanctions evasion has largely eviscerated the intent and impact of UN sanctions resolutions designed to block international financial and material support for North Korean nuclear and missile development efforts. Aside from the obvious Chinese loophole, the assassination of Kim Jong Nam has shone a bright light on another major portal for North Korean illicit actions and sanctions evasion: Malaysia.

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How to Get Tough on China, in Six Easy Steps

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:27:19 -0500

From a White House largely defined by caprice, there’s been a consistent message that it’s time to get tough on China: to push back in the South China Sea, to challenge China’s unfair trade and investment practices, and to demand more from Beijing on North Korea.

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'A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA'

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 16:36:31 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses his new book, A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA.

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Expanding South Korea’s Security Role in the Asia-Pacific Region

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:08:41 -0500

South Korea is a Northeast Asian power with a global presence, yet its geopolitical influence in Southeast Asia is rarely exercised.

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There Are Echoes of the CIA’s Long War in Laos in Today’s War on Terror

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:06:29 -0500

Joshua Kurlantzick discusses how the CIA’s secret war in Laos, waged with little oversight by Congress or interest by the U.S. public, was a precursor to today’s global war on terror. 

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Better a Stalemate Than Defeat in Afghanistan

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:20:19 -0500

Without a major surge in force levels, the best outcome that the United States can hope for in Afghanistan is that the Taliban will tire of fighting and pursue peace, writes CFR’s Max Boot.

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A Lethal Bird Flu Returns to China

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:48:48 -0500

A surge in deaths in China from a virulent form of influenza has set off a scramble among health officials to find infected bird stocks, while experts have yet to produce a viable vaccine, writes CFR’s Laurie Garrett.

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Charles A. Kupchan and Ely Ratner Join CFR as Senior Fellows

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:58:08 -0500

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes two experts on national security, Charles A. Kupchan and Ely Ratner, to its David Rockefeller Studies Program.

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Of Debt and Detriment

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:08:10 -0500

Benn Steil and Emma Smith show how China mirrors the U.S. “exorbitant privilege” from minting the world’s primary reserve currency. While the United States is deeply indebted to the rest of the world, it still earns far more abroad than it pays out. China, in contrast, has become the world’s largest creditor while paying foreigners far more than it receives. Steil and Smith argue that China is making itself vulnerable to financial crisis by massively subsidizing its geostrategic objectives.

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U.S.-Japan Relations

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:08:52 -0500

CFR's James M. Lindsay, Robert McMahon, and Sheila Smith examine President Donald J. Trump's priorities on the U.S.-Japan economic and security alliance.

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President's Inbox: U.S.-China Relations

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 14:05:11 -0500

Experts discuss the issues the Trump administration can expect to encounter in its interactions with China, from tensions with Taiwan to the future of trade agreements.

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The Rising Threat of a Nuclear North Korea

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 11:01:45 -0500

Experts discuss U.S. policy options toward North Korea.


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Is China Preparing to Test Trump White House?

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 11:51:11 -0500

After the Trump administration's early missteps on the South China Sea conflict, Jennifer Harris has three recommendations on how Washington can head off a crisis with Beijing.

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The Korean Pivot: Seoul’s Strategic Choices and Rising Rivalries in Northeast Asia

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 11:23:26 -0500

As U.S.-China tensions intensify and as the North Korean threat grows, the importance of the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) as a pivot state in East Asia and as a valuable ally for the United States has become clearer than ever.

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Japan And South Korea Welcome Some Much-Needed Reassurance From The Trump Administration

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:56:49 -0500

Northeast Asia is facing profound political uncertainty: South Korea is immobilized by a political scandal that has resulted in the impeachment of its president and ensnared top business elites; Japan has been left high and dry after U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership, arguably the country’s best chance at growth; and North Korea is getting closer and closer to becoming a nuclear power. And no one knows what President Trump's "America First" agenda means for the country's Asian allies. What both Japan and South Korea need right now is assurance from the United States that its alliances are a priority. In his first overseas trip as the new Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis will be sure to affirm that commitment.

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Confronting the North Korean Threat: Reassessing Policy Options

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:54:55 -0500

In a testimony to the Senate committee on foreign relations, Scott A. Snyder provided an assessment of the threat posed by North Korea and listed a number of policy options that the United States can pursue. Snyder argued that the window of opportunity to achieve North Korea’s peaceful denuclearization may have closed. He argued that the Donald Trump administration should appoint a senior envoy for North Korea, seek to spur internal debates among North Korean elites over the costs of North Korea’s nuclear development, and maintain diplomatic dialogue with North Korea in order to spell out clearly the parameters for managing the relationship and expectations for North Korean behavior while strengthening deterrence and applying international pressure.

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China's Response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:12:49 -0500

Yanzhong Huang argues that the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa highlighted the role of China in addressing public health emergencies of international concern (PHEIC).

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A Great Place to Have a War

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:00:13 -0500

The definitive account of the secret war in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos, which lasted almost two decades and forever changed the CIA’s controversial role in foreign policy. 

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Kurlantzick Chronicles the U.S. Secret War in Laos and Creation of a Paramilitary CIA in New Book

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:15:20 -0500

“Over the course of the war, U.S. bombing of Laos would become so intense that it averaged one attack every eight minutes for nearly a decade,” observes Joshua Kurlantzick in his new book, A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA. Kurlantzick, a Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia, mines extensive interviews and recently declassified Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) records to give a definitive account of the secret war in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos, which lasted from 1961 to 1973, and was the largest covert operation in U.S. history. The conflict forever changed the CIA from a relatively small spying agency into an organization with vast paramilitary powers.

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U.S.-Japan Relations and the Trump Effect

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:00:25 -0500

“Uncertainty abounds on the economic and strategic fronts in the coming year, but the biggest unknown for the bilateral relationship will be the new US president and his approach to Asia,” writes CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith. 

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Nuclear Test, Political Fallout, and Domestic Turmoil

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:51:55 -0500

South Korea’s domestic political vacuum following the impeachment of Park Geun-hye on December 9 overshadows prospects for renewing China-ROK relations in the year ahead. While the current cycle of DPRK provocations and international sanctions has drawn attention to vital Chinese interests in ensuring stability on the peninsula, Beijing’s deteriorating bilateral relationships with the two Koreas and the United States impede immediate regional efforts to break this cycle.

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Assessing U.S.-Asia Relations in a Time of Transition

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 15:47:40 -0500

“Although Abe’s quick reach out to Trump in the wake of an election has eased some of the anxiety about the future of the alliance under new U.S. leadership, the larger uncertainty about how the new president will shake up U.S. policy toward Asia continues to shape Japanese attitudes on the transition,” writes CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith.

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Beijing Is No Champion of Globalization

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:14:57 -0500

In this article Elizabeth Economy analyzes Xi Jinping’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos and argues that the form of globalization promoted by China is not consistent with how the concept has previously been understood.

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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

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