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February 15, 2012

China
AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt greets Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou at the Presidential Office in Taipei. Guest Post: Taiwan and the TPP: Don’t Count Your Chickens

Following the recent reelection of Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou, media outlets worldwide have speculated about the president’s economic posture in his second term: Will he continue to advance relati…

February 15, 2018

China
U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. U.S. Policy Toward China: Dumping the Baby, the Bathwater, and the Tub

According to a recent Foreign Affairs article, U.S. policy toward China has failed. Two senior Asia officials who served in the Obama administration, my good friends Kurt Campbell and Ely Ratner (who…

January 8, 2018

China
XJP1 China: Pretender to the Throne

The New Year has brought a rash of new articles and proclamations to the effect that the retreat of the United States has left the door open for China to walk through and assume the mantle of global …

December 28, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
African Leaders Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’ Syndrome

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

October 31, 2017

China
U.S. President Donald Trump attends the bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg, Germany July 8, 2017. Donald Trump’s Asia Adventure: Show Me the Love

As President Trump prepares to embark on a five country journey to Asia, including stops in Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, his team has been working in overdrive to ensure that th…

November 9, 2017

South Africa
South-Africa-ANC-Party-Conference-2017 How South Africa’s ANC Will Choose its Next Leader

Delegates of South Africa's ANC will cast a secret ballot to determine the party's new National Executive Committee at the end of December. The front-runners for party leader are Nkosazan Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa.

October 10, 2012

Georgia
Georgia’s New Leader Looks West

Billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, whose party won last week’s parliamentary elections in Georgia, will forge a foreign policy based on pragmatism, not ideology, says RFE/RL’s Elizabeth Fuller.

November 15, 2012

China
China's new Politburo Standing Committee members Zhang Gaoli, Liu Yunshan, Zhang Dejiang, Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Yu Zhengsheng and Wang Qishan, line up as they meet with press at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 15, 2012. China’s New Leaders: No Reform Dream Team

Let’s face it. China’s 18th Party Congress was a heartbreaker. In terms of personnel, it was a triumph of the Party’s conservative clique; and in terms of policy, it was a victory for more of the sam…

October 25, 2012

China
China's Guangdong Province Party Secretary Wang Yang (R) smiles next to Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang at the second plenary meeting of the National People's Congress in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 8, 2012. Will the Real Chinese Leaders Please Stand Up?

For more than two decades beginning in 1956, CBS and then NBC aired a television show “To Tell the Truth,” in which a panel of celebrities attempted to identify which one of three contestants was tel…

June 8, 2012

Asia
U.S. defense secretary Leon Panetta sits next to USNS Richard E. Byrd chief mate Fred Cullen as they take a water taxi to the ship in Cam Ranh Bay Elizabeth Leader: Trip by Panetta Affirms Shifting U.S. Stance

Elizabeth Leader is a research associate for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.  The visit of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to Southeast Asia last week reaffirmed the Obama adm…