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June 19, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir_6.11.2018 After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality

Following the surprise victory by Malaysia’s (former) opposition coalition in national elections in May, a spirit of jubilation erupted in much of the country, at least in regions not won by UMNO, th…

June 16, 2018

North Korea
Jonathan Ernst/Reuters The Singapore Summit’s Uncertain Legacy

The Singapore summit lessened the chances of conflict in the short term, but the ultimate legacy of the summit could still be a march toward war.

June 15, 2018

Taiwan
Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan. China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

June 13, 2018

Trade
Trump Tariffs Slam Canada, EU—Not China Trump Tariffs Slam Canada, EU—Not China

At the recent G-7 Summit meeting in Quebec, the first such summit ever to fail to produce a joint communiqué, President Trump served notice to America’s allies that his country had no shared interest…

June 12, 2018

Donald Trump
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks towards U.S. President Donald J. Trump on the second day of the G7 summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. Signals for the Indo-Pacific From Trump’s Summitry

India, which still views U.S. foreign policy with some skepticism, is essential to the success of the "Free and Open Indo-Pacific" strategy. What will New Delhi conclude from the recent U.S. diplomac…

June 11, 2018

Donald Trump
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Donald J. Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Canada on June 9, 2018. At G7 Summit, Trump Takes a Wrecking Ball to the West

The outcome of the G7 summit suggests Trump is prepared to abandon the transatlantic relationship, and even the concept of “the West,” as pillars of U.S. global engagement.

June 8, 2018

Cybersecurity
ZTE Cyber Week in Review: June 8, 2018

This week: the Trump administration cuts a deal with ZTE, France tries to define disinformation in law, Facebook gave cellphone manufacturers access to user data, and Edward Snowden.

June 7, 2018

Gambia
Gambia-Adama-Barrow-President-Donor-Jammeh Gambia’s Tiny Populations Belies Its Enormous Example

President Adama Barrow is seeking support for his government’s comprehensive National Development Program, which is intended to rebuild the economy so that young Gambians have fewer reasons to flee to Europe.

June 6, 2018

North Korea
Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang. North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

June 5, 2018

China
How Durable is China’s Rebalancing? How Durable is China’s Rebalancing?

I increasingly suspect my view on Chinese “rebalancing” is at odds with the current consensus (or perhaps just with a plurality of the investment bank analysts and financial journalists who watch Chi…