Asia Unbound

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

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View of the Piraeus Container Terminal, near Athens, Greece, on June 6, 2016. Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Europe’s Global Gateway Plans To Counter China, But Questions Remain

Europe is responding to China's Belt and Road Initiative, but it is unclear whether its alternative can succeed. Read More

Southeast Asia
Could the AUKUS Deal Strengthen Deterrence Against China—And Yet Come at a Real Cost to Australia?
AUKUS represents the death knell for strategic ambiguity in Australian foreign policy.
Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trade Versus Subs: The Risky U.S. Tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific
Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world's largest economies ever-closer toward China?  
Southeast Asia
Myanmar Is Collapsing, and Threatens Its Entire Neighborhood
Myanmar's collapse poses a threat to countries across the region.
  • Southeast Asia
    What is the Influence of Chinese Media in West Africa?
    There is a disagreement between Ghanaian journalists and policymakers and their Nigerian counterparts over the perception of Chinese media sources.
  • China
    Why Letting Taiwan Change the Name of Its Office in the United States Is a Mistake
    The Biden administration should resist calls to rename Taiwan's office in the United States.
  • Southeast Asia
    Podcast: Mandira Bagwandeen on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa
    As China’s Belt and Road Initiative has grown and adapted over the past decade, it often has made Africa the biggest target of its infrastructure projects and other BRI activities.
  • Japan
    The Prime Minister has Left the Race
    On September 3, the prime minister visited LDP headquarters and announced he would withdraw from the race.
  • Southeast Asia
    Thailand Roiled by Violent Unrest and COVID-19 Decimation
    Amid a COVID-19 surge, Thailand's escalating protests are getting more dangerous. 
  • Japan
    Politics Heat Up in Tokyo
    What a difference a week makes. 
  • China
    A Review of Rush Doshi’s “The Long Game: China’s Grand Strategy to Displace American Order”
    Rush Doshi’s landmark new book fills in key gaps in the United States’ understanding of China’s strategy and what it means for U.S. policy.