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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte walks with soldiers during his visit at Bangolo town in Marawi city, southern Philippines on October 17, 2017. Froilan Gallardo/Reuters

Bolsonaro Ascendant II: More Lessons From Rodrigo Duterte’s Rise

Last week, following Jair Bolsonaro’s performance in the first round of Brazil’s presidential elections, when bolson exceeded predictions and won 46 percent of the first round vote, this column examined how Bolsonaro actually had more in common with Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte than with many other populists who have run for office in Europe and North America in recent years. Read More

October 2, 2018

Southeast Asia

October 2, 2018

South Korea
China’s Shifting Roles on the Korean Peninsula: Unintended Consequences of the Singapore Summit

One of the most challenging issues the Trump administration now faces is how to convince China to maintain economic pressure on North Korea in the midst of a simultaneously unfolding inter-Korean peace process and Sino-U.S. trade war.

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September 24, 2018

South Korea
The Pyongyang Declaration: Implications for U.S.-ROK Coordination on North Korea

The third summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un, held in Pyongyang on September 18–20, resulted in the signing of two declarations designed to build on the foundations laid by the April 27 Panmunjom Declaration. The first declaration broadly addresses tension reduction, inter-Korean cooperation, and denuclearization. The second focuses more narrowly on tangible steps to be taken in the military arena to reduce tension and build confidence between the two Koreas. 

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