Japan and South Korea are Western-style democracies with open-market economies committed to the rule of law. They are also U.S. allies. Yet despite their shared interests, shared values, and geographic proximity, divergent national identities have driven a wedge between them. Drawing on decades of expertise, Scott A. Snyder and Brad Glosserman investigate the roots of this split and its ongoing threat to the region and the world.
The risk of a military confrontation between China and Vietnam is rising, fueled by a race for regional influence and increasing nationalism in both countries. What can the United States do to defuse tension in the region and help avert a serious international crisis? Read the Asia Program’s latest Contingency Planning Memorandum to find out.