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August 22, 2017

Afghanistan
Carlos Barria/Reuters Trump’s Path to Indefinite Afghan War

President Trump’s much-anticipated Afghan policy rightly avoids troop withdrawal timelines but offers little prospect for progress against the durable Taliban.

July 18, 2017

Infrastructure
US Water BGR header The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…

May 16, 2017

China
President Xi Jinping unveils a plaque during a Confucius Institute event in London. China’s Soft Power Offensive, One Belt One Road, and the Limitations of Beijing’s Soft Power

This is the first part in a series on China's attempts to bolster its soft power and its prospects for success. In recent years, China has stepped up its soft power offensive in South Asia, Southe…

May 12, 2017

South Korea
Moon-win-parade Moon's Win, IS in the Philippines, Taiwan at WHA, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. New president, new approach? Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president, has pledged to p…

April 21, 2017

China
Feng-Xiaogang-award Chinese Cinema’s Absent Allure

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the second post in his three-part series on the relationship between Holly…

December 2, 2016

China
bird-flu-south-korea Bird Flu, North Korean Coal Crunch, and More

Rachel Brown, Erik Crouch, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Bird flu outbreak puts Asian nations on high alert. A newly identified spate…

December 16, 2016

Philippines
Human Rights and Duterte’s War on Drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings, raising human rights concerns, says expert John Gershman in this interview.

July 12, 2016

Philippines
Preserving a Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea

A UN tribunal’s ruling upholds the need for a rules-based order that counters China’s efforts to turn the South China Sea region into a sphere of influence, says expert Andrew Erickson.

September 26, 2016

Global Governance
Global Order and the New Regionalism

Overview Regional institutions and initiatives have proliferated in the twenty-first century. This latest wave of regional innovation raises, in new guise, a long-standing conundrum for global ord…

October 2, 2017

Cuba
Play Cuban flags Cuba 2018: What to Expect

Since President Barack Obama opened U.S. relations with Cuba, what has changed on the island?