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Diplomacy Under Different Rules: How an NGO Dictates American Diplomacy in Taiwan
September 24, 2021

Diplomacy Under Different Rules: How an NGO Dictates American Diplomacy in Taiwan

By Rachel Bernstein and Scott Singer
A primer on the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), and how it influences the delicate China-Taiwan-U.S. triangle.

What AUKUS and Afghanistan Tell Us About the US Asia Strategy
September 21, 2021

What AUKUS and Afghanistan Tell Us About the US Asia Strategy

By Arash Reisinezhad
Put together, these two seemingly unrelated developments signal a new U.S. strategy in the competition with China.
‘We Were Them:’ Vietnamese Americans Help Afghan Refugees
September 21, 2021

‘We Were Them:’ Vietnamese Americans Help Afghan Refugees

By Amy Taxin
The crisis in Afghanistan has reopened painful wounds for many of the country's 2 million Vietnamese Americans, and spurred many to assist new arrivals.

US-Vietnam Relations: From Reconciliation to a Relationship of Substance
September 20, 2021

US-Vietnam Relations: From Reconciliation to a Relationship of Substance

By Le Hong Hiep
Reconciliation has happened through different measures and in different forms, ranging from efforts to heal wartime wounds to moves aimed at building mutual trust and respect.

Has the ‘China Initiative’ Run Its Course?
September 17, 2021

Has the ‘China Initiative’ Run Its Course?

By Shannon Tiezzi
After a resounding legal defeat, will the Justice Department change stance on the controversial program?

Biden Announces Indo-Pacific Alliance With UK, Australia
September 16, 2021

Biden Announces Indo-Pacific Alliance With UK, Australia

By Aamer Madhani and Jonathan Lemire
The move is likely to deepen a growing chasm in U.S.-China relations.

CFIUS Ramps up Oversight of China Deals in the US
September 14, 2021

CFIUS Ramps up Oversight of China Deals in the US

By Blair Wang
CFIUS’ annual report signals upgraded scrutiny of non-notified transactions, especially deals involving Chinese investors.
Easing China-US Tensions: Lessons From Nixon’s 1972 Trip
September 11, 2021

Easing China-US Tensions: Lessons From Nixon’s 1972 Trip

By Max Plithides
Modern thinkers widely misunderstand the contemporaneous significance of Nixon’s 1972 trip to China. That significance provides a blueprint for thawing the current tensions.

Japan Isn’t a Model for US Nation-Building
September 09, 2021

Japan Isn’t a Model for US Nation-Building

By Yukari Easton
The successful rebuilding of post-war Japan may have encouraged the U.S. in its attempts at nation-building. But Japan is not a universal model.

Working With China: The Dilemma for US Allies
September 09, 2021

Working With China: The Dilemma for US Allies

By KAWASHIMA Shin
To be tough or to cooperate, that is the question.

Washington’s Challenge in Southeast Asia: The View From Vietnam
September 08, 2021

Washington’s Challenge in Southeast Asia: The View From Vietnam

By Ngo Minh Tri
The challenge for Washington is that countries like Vietnam are reluctant to sacrifice their relations with either China or the United States.
Fentanyl in America: A Barometer of the China-US Relationship
August 31, 2021

Fentanyl in America: A Barometer of the China-US Relationship

By Bonnie Girard
China has numerous potential avenues for cracking down on illegal drug production and export. What it lacks is the political will to do so.

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