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India and the US: Ideological Convergence No More?
January 18, 2021

India and the US: Ideological Convergence No More?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
A new declassified document suggests that Washington sees New Delhi primarily as a security partner.
Taiwan Visit by Trump’s UN Envoy Canceled, Ending a Wild Ride in Taiwan-US Relations
January 18, 2021

Taiwan Visit by Trump’s UN Envoy Canceled, Ending a Wild Ride in Taiwan-US Relations

By Nick Aspinwall
The canceled visit by Ambassador Kelly Craft spared Taiwan an enlarged domestic controversy over its handling of the final days of the Trump administration.

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.
How Biden Can Navigate a New Era in South Korean Politics
January 15, 2021

How Biden Can Navigate a New Era in South Korean Politics

By Brian Kim
The future of U.S.-ROK relations depends on the United States understanding the priorities of South Korea’s now-dominant liberals.

Australia’s Reading of the US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific
January 14, 2021

Australia’s Reading of the US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific

By Joshua Mcdonald
Australia is noted in the document not nearly as often as Japan, South Korea, or India, but that likely underscores the already tight relations between the two countries.
US Declassifies Strategy, Revealing Yawning Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality
January 14, 2021

US Declassifies Strategy, Revealing Yawning Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality

By Steven Stashwick
The “Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” reveals few surprises, and even fewer successes, in the last days of the Trump administration.

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.

China Won’t Rush to Join CPTPP. Neither Should the US.
January 14, 2021

China Won’t Rush to Join CPTPP. Neither Should the US.

By Alex Yu-Ting Lin and Saori N. Katada
Patience – and careful attention to laying the domestic groundwork – would benefit both countries more than a race to join the trade pact.
Sky High: How the Asia-Pacific Sees Space
January 13, 2021

Sky High: How the Asia-Pacific Sees Space

David Burbach, Namrata Goswami, and Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan discuss the future of space competition and cooperation in Asia.

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