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As US-China Competition Grows, Will Covert Regime Change Make a Return?
June 16, 2020

As US-China Competition Grows, Will Covert Regime Change Make a Return?

By Michael Poznansky and Mindy Haas
Many of the same incentives that pushed leaders into the covert sphere during the Cold War are present in the U.S.-China context.
US Forces Korea Bans Public Displays of Confederate Battle Flag
June 15, 2020

US Forces Korea Bans Public Displays of Confederate Battle Flag

By Ankit Panda
With racism in the United States in the global spotlight, the commanding general of U.S. Forces Korea ordered the Confederate battle flag barred from all installations.

Report: US Secretary of State to Meet China’s Top Diplomat in Hawaii
June 15, 2020

Report: US Secretary of State to Meet China’s Top Diplomat in Hawaii

By Ankit Panda
Will Mike Pompeo meet Yang Jiechi in Hawaii?

After COVID-19, It’s Time for Washington to Embrace a Bolder Taiwan Strategy
June 13, 2020

After COVID-19, It’s Time for Washington to Embrace a Bolder Taiwan Strategy

By Craig Singleton
The time has come for a rethink of U.S. Taiwan policy.

Amid COVID-19, the US Needs to Rethink Its Approach to Host Nation Support Talks
June 12, 2020

Amid COVID-19, the US Needs to Rethink Its Approach to Host Nation Support Talks

By Jeffrey W. Hornung
Pushing for vastly increased contributions when Japan and South face looming recessions amid an ongoing pandemic will not serve U.S. interests.
For the US and China, Thucydides’ Trap Is Closing
June 11, 2020

For the US and China, Thucydides’ Trap Is Closing

By Kevin Brown
Intertwined domestic crises are adding pressure for Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to seek out confrontation.

China’s Inopportune Pandemic Assertiveness
June 10, 2020

China’s Inopportune Pandemic Assertiveness

By Joel Wuthnow
Is China’s attempt to make the most of COVID-19 a strategic blunder?
California in the US-China Rare Earths Race
June 09, 2020

California in the US-China Rare Earths Race

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Jane Nakano.

The US Should Not Punish Hong Kong for China’s Sins
June 08, 2020

The US Should Not Punish Hong Kong for China’s Sins

By Richard Hanania and Benjamin H. Friedman
There is little the United States can do to prevent Beijing from exerting control; Washington should instead do good by the people of Hong Kong.

What the US-Philippines VFA Withdrawal Suspension Does and Doesn’t Say About the Alliance
June 04, 2020

What the US-Philippines VFA Withdrawal Suspension Does and Doesn’t Say About the Alliance

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While this is an important temporary reprieve for the alliance, it leaves some broader strategic challenges unresolved.

Trump Suggests a G7 Expansion to Include Australia, India, and South Korea. Is That Realistic?
June 04, 2020

Trump Suggests a G7 Expansion to Include Australia, India, and South Korea. Is That Realistic?

By Ankit Panda
Will the G-7 see expansion?
With North Korea, Peace Can Precede Denuclearization
June 02, 2020

With North Korea, Peace Can Precede Denuclearization

By Daniel DePetris
Washington should realize peace is possible with a nuclear North Korea.

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