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US Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense
January 23, 2021

US Senate Confirms Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense

By Abhijnan Rej
He becomes the first African American to hold that office.

To Confront the Future, the US Congress Should Look to Its Past
January 22, 2021

To Confront the Future, the US Congress Should Look to Its Past

By Jacob Parakilas
Technology is playing a central role in the political challenges of our times. It is not only defense personnel and CEOs who need advice grounded in technological reality – legislators do as well.
Biden Administration Makes Early Outreach to Taiwan
January 21, 2021

Biden Administration Makes Early Outreach to Taiwan

By Shannon Tiezzi
For the first time since 1979, Taiwan’s representative in the U.S. received an official invitation to a U.S. presidential inauguration.

Biden Administration to Probe Rohingya Genocide Claim
January 21, 2021

Biden Administration to Probe Rohingya Genocide Claim

By Sebastian Strangio
What would it mean for the U.S. government to officially declare the Myanmar atrocities "genocide"?

US Won’t Penalize Vietnam, Despite ‘Unreasonable’ Currency Practices
January 19, 2021

US Won’t Penalize Vietnam, Despite ‘Unreasonable’ Currency Practices

By Sebastian Strangio
In a short statement, the U.S. Trade Representative bats the trade dispute into the Biden administration’s court.

US Justice Department Pushes Ahead With Counter China Plan
January 16, 2021

US Justice Department Pushes Ahead With Counter China Plan

By Abhijnan Rej
The January 14 arrest of an MIT professor as well as a guilty plea by a NASA scientist the day before highlight concerns around Chinese tech espionage – again.

The Trump Administration’s Mixed Messaging on Taiwan Strait Transits
January 15, 2021

The Trump Administration’s Mixed Messaging on Taiwan Strait Transits

By James Siebens and Ryan Lucas
The U.S. needs to make clear if transits through the Taiwan Strait are routine demonstrations of its navigational rights or intentional signals of deterrence.
Biden’s Cabinet Picks Will Hold India-US Relations in Steady Course
January 15, 2021

Biden’s Cabinet Picks Will Hold India-US Relations in Steady Course

By Saba Sattar
A move away from “America First” stands to help deepen security relations between the two countries.

The US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific: 3 Curiosities
January 14, 2021

The US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific: 3 Curiosities

By Abhijnan Rej
Reading the recently declassified document side-by-side, the 2019 Indo-Pacific Strategy Report highlights interesting inconsistencies.

The US Role in South Korea-Japan Relations: From Johnson to Biden
January 14, 2021

The US Role in South Korea-Japan Relations: From Johnson to Biden

By Erik French, Jiyoon Kim, and Jihoon Yu
Past history gives a blueprint the incoming administration can use to push for better relations between two important East Asian allies.

US Cancels Ambassador’s Controversial Trip to Taiwan
January 13, 2021

US Cancels Ambassador’s Controversial Trip to Taiwan

By Associated Press
Kelly Craft, the American ambassador to the U.N., would have been the third high-level U.S. official to visit Taiwan in recent months.
What Does the US Indo-Pacific Framework Say About Southeast Asia?
January 13, 2021

What Does the US Indo-Pacific Framework Say About Southeast Asia?

By Sebastian Strangio
The document lays out ambitious aims for the region, with little apparent sense of how they can be fulfilled.

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