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March 28, 2018

China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets with China’s Xi Jinping in Beijing. 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.

October 31, 2016

Digital Policy
Podcast Danny Weitzner Net Politics Podcast: Danny Weitzner

In this latest episode of the Net Politics podcast, I sat down with Danny Weitzner, principal research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab. I spoke with him about…

December 8, 2017

South Korea
Korean Won Up, New Taiwan Dollar Flat: An Update on Asian Intervention Korean Won Up, New Taiwan Dollar Flat: An Update on Asian Intervention

Korea didn’t stop the won from appreciating through 1090 (its intervention level in 2016); Taiwan seems to be blocking any move through 30.

November 1, 2017

United States
VICE Special Report: A World in Disarray VICE Special Report: A World in Disarray

Teaching Notes for the VICE Special Report from HBO based on the book A World in Disarray written by CFR President Richard Haass.

October 30, 2017

China
Former Chinese president Hu Jintao, Chinese President Xi Jinping and former Chinese president Jiang Zemin raise their hands as they take a vote at the closing session of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing, China. The Four Traps China May Fall Into

One dominant theme of President Xi Jinping’s political report at the 19th Party Congress is China’s national rejuvenation. China was described as a “great power” or a “strong power” 26 times in his s…

October 12, 2017

China
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives at the Great Hall of the People in Beijng to celebrate the ninetieth anniversary of the People's Liberation Army, August 1, 2017. Making Sense of China’s Nineteenth Party Congress

As China’s senior Communist Party members anoint its future leaders, President Xi Jinping is poised to solidify his position and power at next week’s party congress.

December 14, 2016

Asia
What Future for the Asia Pivot Under Trump?

How will President-Elect Trump follow up the Obama administration’s Asia pivot? Five Asia experts reflect on the region’s top priorities. 

April 7, 2015

South China Sea
Conflict in the South China Sea

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea continue to be a source of tension and potential conflict between China and other countries in the region. Though the United States takes no position on so…

April 11, 2012

South China Sea
Armed Clash in the South China Sea

In April 2015, the author wrote an update to this memo to reflect recent developments in the South China Sea. Read the update. Introduction The risk of conflict in the South China Sea is signif…

September 16, 2016

North Korea
U.S. Should Sharpen Strategy and Enlist China to Counter Threat from North Korea, Says CFR Task Force

A new Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Independent Task Force report, A Sharper Choice on North Korea: Engaging China for a Stable Northeast Asia, finds that the United States’ policy of “strategic…