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U.S. President Donald Trump meets South Korea's President Moon Jae-In and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 6, 2017. Carlos Barria/Reuters

Trump and Asia: The First Six Months

In six months in office, President Donald Trump has reordered the foundations of U.S. foreign policy, alienated many traditional U.S. allies, remade the Republican Party, and generally dominated U.S. public discourse with his wild pronouncements and seemingly endless scandals. However, in the Asia-Pacific Trump’s impact, though substantial, has been more marginal than in North America or Europe, where Trump has created a massive divide between the U.S. government and governments of major partners like France, Germany, and Mexico. Read More

Jul 12, 2017

South Korea
Launch of the Trump-Moon Era in U.S.-Korea Relations

On 29 June 2017, South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Washington for an early summit with his US counterpart Donald Trump. Despite dramatic contrasts in the circumstances, ideologies and style of these two unlikely partners, the convergence of national interests and common objectives concerning North Korea was sufficient to keep the US–South Korea alliance on track. Ironically, successful coordination on the issue of North Korea exposed differing views on trade and burden sharing that will keep diplomats from both countries busy.

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Jul 6, 2017

The NLD-Led Government in Myanmar Looks Eerily Familiar on Press Freedom

The National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government in Myanmar has now been in office for more than a year, with Aung San Suu Kyi as de facto head of government. Suu Kyi certainly wields sizable influence. In fact, Suu Kyi has often been criticized, by commentators and members of her own party, for keeping too tight-fisted control of actions by the government, so much so that NLD members of parliament seemingly have little to do.

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Jun 30, 2017

South Korea
Why the U.S.-Korea Alliance Will Survive Moon and Trump

The prevailing narrative in the American media regarding newly-elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in’s first meeting with Donald Trump (aside from how to approach the presidential handshake) revolves around expectations that the chemistry between the left-leaning Moon and the conservative Trump will be bad.

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