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The US Should Pay Attention to the China-South Korea Culture Clash
April 08, 2022

The US Should Pay Attention to the China-South Korea Culture Clash

By Yong Kwon
China's claims to great power status are strongly based on historical narratives. Navigating Asia thus requires Washington to study more history.
Why Vietnam Holds the Trump Card in the US-Vietnam Partnership
April 05, 2022

Why Vietnam Holds the Trump Card in the US-Vietnam Partnership

By Khang Vu
Hanoi enjoys considerable leverage as a frontline state in Washington's strategic competition with Beijing.

The US Pivot to Asia Was Dead on Arrival
March 31, 2022

The US Pivot to Asia Was Dead on Arrival

By Peter Birgbauer
Since its unveiling under the Obama administration, the U.S. “pivot” to Asia has constantly been derailed by emergencies elsewhere. The Ukraine war is just the latest example.

Sanctioning China to Get to Russia Is Easier Said Than Done
March 29, 2022

Sanctioning China to Get to Russia Is Easier Said Than Done

By Joseph Cash
Secondary sanctions on China would be more painful and harder to justify – which makes any unified application unlikely.

America’s Aid Imperium and Human Rights in Southeast Asia
March 25, 2022

America’s Aid Imperium and Human Rights in Southeast Asia

By Salvador Santino F. Regilme Jr.
Has U.S. foreign aid led to advancements in rights or increased repression in Southeast Asia?
What the US Indo-Pacific Strategy Is Missing
March 22, 2022

What the US Indo-Pacific Strategy Is Missing

By Zenel Garcia
The Biden administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy rests on old assumptions that fail to account for the region’s dynamics and complexity.

US Alleges ‘Transnational Repression’ Scheme Involving China’s Secret Police
March 17, 2022

US Alleges ‘Transnational Repression’ Scheme Involving China’s Secret Police

By Shannon Tiezzi
The Department of Justice has accused five individuals of working with China's Ministry of State Security to surveil and harass Chinese dissidents residing in the United States.
Fancy Footwork: Biden’s Two-Step Approach to Indo-Pacific Allies
March 16, 2022

Fancy Footwork: Biden’s Two-Step Approach to Indo-Pacific Allies

By Tom Corben and Peter K. Lee
The Biden administration took some bold steps to empower its Indo-Pacific allies and partners in 2021. But can it deliver on its promises?

What South Korea’s Election Means for Its Technology Alliance With the United States
March 11, 2022

What South Korea’s Election Means for Its Technology Alliance With the United States

By Ryan Fedasiuk
Yoon’s election presents opportunities to strengthen the South Korea-U.S. relationship beyond traditional security concerns.

Nixon Goes to China: The Wider Impact
February 25, 2022

Nixon Goes to China: The Wider Impact

By Bonnie Girard
Beyond its seismic implications for China-U.S. relations, the rapprochement reshaped politics across the Asia-Pacific – and beyond.

US Drops Name of Trump’s ‘China Initiative’ After Criticism
February 25, 2022

US Drops Name of Trump’s ‘China Initiative’ After Criticism

By Eric Tucker
The Department of Justice's China Initiative had been plagued by accusations of racism and shaky pretexts for pursuing legal action.
Beyond North Korea: The Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral in the Indo-Pacific
February 23, 2022

Beyond North Korea: The Japan-South Korea-US Trilateral in the Indo-Pacific

By Jagannath Panda
The Japan-South Korea-U.S. mechanism is a crucial piece in the United States’ broad Indo-Pacific strategy.

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