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December 10, 2015

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Still Distant Neighbors

Overview Over the past half century, South Korea and Japan have established themselves as firm and reliable allies of the United States, contributing to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific reg…

February 8, 2018

China
China-North-Korea-Cover.jpg The China–North Korea Relationship

China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and has leverage over Kim Jong-un’s regime, yet its policies focus more on border stability than nuclear threat.

February 7, 2018

Kenya
Kenya-Crackdown-Kenyatta-Odinga-Inauguration-Election Kenya Enters Dangerous Territory

The Kenyatta administration has transformed an act in Odinga’s political theater into a challenge to the legitimacy of the Kenyatta administration.

January 30, 2018

Kenya
Kenya-Raila-Odinga-People's-President Raila Odinga Sworn in as Kenya’s “People’s President”

As he has long said he would do, Raila Odinga had himself sworn-in as the “people’s president” at noon on January 30 in the presence of thousands of supporters in Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya.

January 30, 2018

Ukraine
Ukraine Flag Maidan Cyber Mercenaries and the Crisis in Ukraine

Many states outsource their cyber operations to non-state actors, with varying degrees of control over their actions. The crisis in Ukraine is a perfect example of this phenomenon. 

January 26, 2018

Olympics
The Olympic Rings and 2018 mascots on display in Gangneung, South Korea. South Korea’s Olympic Gains

South Korea hopes to solidify its image as modern and efficient as host of the winter games, but its success relies heavily on cooperation from the North.

January 19, 2018

Olympics
Lighting the Olympic Torch The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

January 9, 2018

South Korea
Increasing U.S.-ROK-ASEAN Cooperation Increasing U.S.-ROK-ASEAN Cooperation

This post is co-authored by Sungtae "Jacky" Park, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Since its establishment in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nat…

January 4, 2018

South Korea
Domestic Dimensions of South Korea’s Foreign Policy Domestic Dimensions of South Korea’s Foreign Policy

This post is co-authored by Sungtae "Jacky" Park, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Despite becoming influential on the world scene, South Korea remains a …

December 19, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-Ramaphosa-ANC-Party-Mashatile The ANC's "Top Six" in South Africa

In addition to the president, the Top Six is made up of the deputy president, the treasurer, the secretary general, the deputy secretary general, and the national chairperson. Three of those elected on December 18 are allies of Dlamini-Zuma while two are close to Ramaphosa.