Asia Unbound

CFR fellows and other experts assess the latest issues emerging in Asia today.

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks during a ceremony to celebrate Korean Liberation Day from Japanese colonial rule in 1945, at the presidential office square in Seoul, South Korea, August 15, 2022. (Ahn Young-joon/Pool via Reuters)

Why North Korea Might Reject Yoon Suk-yeol’s Audacious Initiative

There are at least three reasons why the North Koreans are likely to reject South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol's "audacious" initiative outlined in his Liberation Day speech.  Read More

South Korea
The Evolution of South Korea’s Nuclear Weapons Policy Debate
The evolving policy debate over nuclear weapons acquisition in South Korea has implications for the security framework of the Korean Peninsula and greater Northeast Asian region, as well as for U.S. response options. 
As China Punishes Taiwan for Pelosi’s Visit, What Comes Next?
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi became the first speaker in twenty-five years to visit Taiwan.
The Continuing Problems with the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
The Biden administration's Indo-Pacific Economic Framework needs more work.
  • Sri Lanka
    Family Ties Led to Sri Lanka's Collapse. What Does This Mean for South Asia?
    Sri Lanka’s collapse should be a wake-up call for other South Asian countries that suffer from the same trend of “familycracy.”
  • Japan
    Mixed Messages from Japanese Courts on Same-Sex Marriage
    The Osaka District Court ruled against the constitutionality of same-sex marriage in Japan while local government in Tokyo increased access to same-sex civil partnerships this summer.
  • China
    China’s Collapsing Global Image
    In the past four years, China’s global image has deteriorated extensively.
  • South Korea
    Anticipating a U.S.-South Korea Semiconductor Alliance
    A wholesale semiconductor alliance between the United States and South Korea needs to be preceded by clear communication, improved transparency, and greater interdependence to foster trust and better manage alliance relations.
  • Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka’s Crisis Likely Won’t Be Resolved Soon
    Sri Lanka’s new president should be able to finish negotiations with the IMF, but protesters will likely demand more.
  • India
    India's Special Relationship with Abe Shinzo
    Abe personally strengthened India’s bilateral relationship with Japan by enticing India, a notoriously reluctant and cautious actor in global politics, to join his vision of the Indo-Pacific.