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US Secretary of State Blinken Set for Maiden Southeast Asia Trip
December 07, 2021

US Secretary of State Blinken Set for Maiden Southeast Asia Trip

By Sebastian Strangio
Antony Blinken's visits to Indonesia and Malaysia come amid a flurry of U.S. diplomatic engagements with the region.

Democracy Promotion in the Indo-Pacific: Prelude to a ‘Biden Doctrine’?
December 02, 2021

Democracy Promotion in the Indo-Pacific: Prelude to a ‘Biden Doctrine’?

By Mark S. Cogan and Paul D. Scott
Despite its limits, the Biden administration should anchor its foreign policy in support of democratic principles and self-determination.
Taiwan’s Pragmatic Approach to Biden’s Democracy Summit
December 02, 2021

Taiwan’s Pragmatic Approach to Biden’s Democracy Summit

By Huynh Tam Sang and Phan Van Tim
Bringing Taiwanese technocrats to Washington’s Summit for Democracy could help bolster Taiwan’s democratic standing.

Which Asia-Pacific Countries Were (and Weren’t) Invited to the US Summit for Democracy?
December 01, 2021

Which Asia-Pacific Countries Were (and Weren’t) Invited to the US Summit for Democracy?

By Shannon Tiezzi
The guest list underscores the region’s ambivalent relationship with democracy and political freedom.

Europe and the US: From Divergence to Convergence on China?
November 30, 2021

Europe and the US: From Divergence to Convergence on China?

By Plamen Tonchev
Is the U.S. moving closer to the EU’s complex definition of China as a partner, competitor, and systemic rival?

Top US Asia Diplomat Embarks on Swing Through Southeast Asia
November 30, 2021

Top US Asia Diplomat Embarks on Swing Through Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
Daniel Kritenbrink trip will seek regional support for the U.S.-led "rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific."

After 4 Years as Pawn in China-US Game, Seattle Man Is Home
November 24, 2021

After 4 Years as Pawn in China-US Game, Seattle Man Is Home

By Erika Kinetz
China’s ability to make deals by effectively taking people like Daniel Hsu hostage has raised concerns.
US Lawmakers Visit Taiwan Amid Flurry of Diplomatic Activity
November 18, 2021

US Lawmakers Visit Taiwan Amid Flurry of Diplomatic Activity

By Brian Hioe
The trip came amid a busy diplomatic stretch, including Taiwan-Europe exchanges as well as the Biden-Xi phone call.

Biden, Xi Emphasize Conflict Management at First Virtual Summit
November 17, 2021

Biden, Xi Emphasize Conflict Management at First Virtual Summit

By Shannon Tiezzi
China-U.S. differences were on display, but both leaders also expressed a commitment to keeping tensions from erupting into conflict.

Biden, Taiwan, and Strategic Ambiguity
October 25, 2021

Biden, Taiwan, and Strategic Ambiguity

By Dennis V. Hickey
Even U.S. presidents apparently need a primer on the U.S. stance on Taiwan’s defense.

US Leadership Could Change Course of Myanmar’s Human Rights Crisis
October 22, 2021

US Leadership Could Change Course of Myanmar’s Human Rights Crisis

By Carolyn Nash
A U.S.-led coalition that intensifies this pressure could change the course of Myanmar’s protracted human rights disaster. 
Biden’s Nominee for Singapore Ambassador Pledges to Bolster Economic, Security Ties
October 22, 2021

Biden’s Nominee for Singapore Ambassador Pledges to Bolster Economic, Security Ties

By Sebastian Strangio
However, tech entrepreneur Jonathan Kaplan's promise to raise press freedom concerns is likely to get a chilly reception.

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