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A mass rally celebrating the re-election of Kim Jong-un as North Korea's leader is held at Kim Il-sung square in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released on April 14, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERS

Deterrence and Detente on the Korean Peninsula

This post is authored by Brad Roberts, director of the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. It is part of a project conducted by the program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation and Korea Foundation. This series of posts will address the U.S. nuclear posture in Northeast Asia, implications of North Korean nuclear and missile programs for U.S. Read More

April 18, 2019

India
Development and the Indian Elections

General elections for India’s lower house of  parliament began on April 11 and will last through May 19, with all ballots counted on May 23. This is the world’s largest democratic exercise. I had the chance to ask Dr. Aseema Sinha, Wagener Family professor of South Asian politics and George R. Roberts fellow at Claremont McKenna College, about India’s political economy, and development as an issue for voters.

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April 17, 2019

Southeast Asia
What Might Jokowi Do After (Apparent) Victory?

Incumbent Indonesian president Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, appears to have handily won a second term in Indonesia’s presidential elections this week. Although the final, confirmed results will not be available for weeks, quick and unofficial counts released after the election on April 17 showed Jokowi defeating rival Prabowo Subianto by around 10 percent.

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April 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
Jokowi’s First Term: An Assessment

This week, Indonesians will go to the polls in the country’s presidential elections. Incumbent Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, remains a strong favorite, against challenger Prabowo Subianto. Most surveys show Jokowi with a wide lead, although Prabowo’s campaign appears to be picking up some steam in its final days.

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