A Case for Greater US Engagement in Central Asia
By Hunter Stoll
Russian and Chinese influence in the region will never go away. But the United States now has a rare and valuable window of opportunity.
What’s Wrong With the Philippines’ New Anti-Trafficking Guidelines?
By Michael Beltran
“Why are we going after tourists and letting the big criminals get away?” one trafficking victim asks.
South Korea’s Political Bifurcation Will Stifle Any Trilateral Agreement
By Dylan Stent
The whole point of the Camp David Summit was to institutionalize Japan-South Korea-U.S. cooperation. But no one should expect South Korea’s left to keep to the same path.
South Korea’s Semiconductor Funds Highlight a Partisan Battle
By Arrian Ebrahimi and Joon Kang
Should chip funds go to chaebols or underdogs? In South Korea, the question has taken on partisan undertones.
Why Are Indonesians Illegally Selling Their Kidneys?
By Aisyah Llewellyn
Jakarta's recent breaking of an organ trafficking ring has cast a light on a grim regional trade.
Is North Macedonia Poised to Reboot Its ‘Taiwan Adventure?’
By James Baron
The nation's brief recognition of Taiwan is a case study in corruption and checkbook diplomacy, leaving a black mark on public opinion. Can relations make a new start?
The Green Great Game Is This Century’s Space Race
By Chietigj Bajpaee
The rivalry for access to raw materials to facilitate the energy transition will turn the “Green Great Game” into one of the defining geopolitical features of the 21st century.
Kyrgyzstan, Kusturizatsia, and Corruption
By Aksana Ismailbekova
Kusturizatsia means, literally, “vomiting.” Under the practice, corrupt individuals can repay a fraction of stolen proceeds to the state and then go about their business. Who knows where the money goes?
US Transits as Part of Taiwan’s Gray Zone Diplomacy
By Edward Kuperman
Taiwanese politicians’ “transits” through the United States have a 30-year history spanning both DPP and KMT administrations.
Why Thailand Should Mediate the Crisis in Myanmar
By Brian Wong and Tidarat Yingcharoen
The case for proactive, multilateral, pro-peace diplomacy.
The Nepali Guards Caught in the Chaotic US Evacuation of Afghanistan
By Jenna Mae Biedscheid
A sizable contingent of Nepali contractors provided security for U.S. personnel in Kabul. For them, the withdrawal meant a dangerous evacuation – and sudden unemployment.
What China’s Long-Term Economic Weakness Means for the Developing World
By R. Evan Ellis
Latin America – dependent on commodity exports and with few other options for finance – will likely be among the regions most harmed by a protracted downturn in China’s economy.