The Japan-South Korea relationship steadily improved in advance of parallel ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the normalization of their diplomatic relations on June 22. In recent weeks, ministerial-level bilateral contacts resumed between economic and defense ministers, and the top leaders made positive remarks about prospects for the relationship.
The attack on Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, allegedly by a knife-wielding Korean progressive activist at a breakfast meeting in Seoul, was a rare and shocking reminder of the ongoing conflict that continues to divide the Korean Peninsula.
Examining prospects for Sino-South Korea relations, Scott A. Snyder argues that China does not need to be worried about the U.S.-South Korea alliance.
During a visit to Seoul, Max Boot reflects on how the political decisions of the last sixty years have made the two Koreas so drastically different, despite their shared cultural heritage.
Joshua Kurlantzick and Elizabeth Leader discuss how the newest threats to expression and access on the Internet are not coming from authoritarian states, but instead from somewhere more surprising: electoral democracies like Thailand, Turkey, and South Korea.
Scott A. Snyder asks, "What are the prospects for a unified, nuclear-free Korea?"
Jerome A. Cohen says the consultative jury system in South Korea can serve as a model for both sides of the Taiwan strait.
Robert Dujarric and Peter M. Beck say the queen of England's trip to the Irish Republic should persuade the Japanese government to accept South Korea's invitation to allow the emperor to pay a visit.
Peter M. Beck argues that the initiative to form a Korea-Japan alliance will have to come from Seoul, given that Tokyo is preoccupied with recovering from the earthquake.
Paul B. Stares discusses the volatility of the situation in Korea.
Colonel Gian Gentile discusses the ability of the U.S. military to deal with the conflict in the Korean peninsula.
Peter M. Beck argues that the attack on Yeonpyeong is a sign of internal pressures on the North Korean regime--and a warning that America's current approach to the region isn't working.
Paul B. Stares argues that the World Cup offers an unparalleled stage for shaming and further isolating North Korea in response to its sinking of a South Korean naval vessel.
Richard N. Haass says the United States can send a message to North Korea by signing the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.
Carolyn M. Leddy asks, "South Korea is getting serious about its own defense, so why isn't Japan?"
Jack Pritchard, John H. Tilelli Jr., and Scott A. Snyder discuss the three main issues President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak must address at their meeting in Washington today.
Scott A Snyder discusses challenges to U.S. relations with the Korean Peninsula.
To ensure the success of Myanmar's historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy.
Blackwill and Campbell analyze the rise of Chinese President Xi Jinping and call for a new American grand strategy for Asia.
Williams argues that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
Kurlantzick offers the sharpest analysis yet of what state capitalism’s emergence means for democratic politics around the world. More
In a cogent analysis of why the United States is losing ground as a world power, Blackwill and Harris explore the statecraft of geoeconomics. More
Takeyh and Simon reframe the legacy of U.S. involvement in the Arab world from 1945 to 1991 and shed new light on the makings of the contemporary Middle East. More
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