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January 2, 2018

South Korea
U.S. Alliance Remains South Korea’s Strongest Security Guarantee, Argues Scott Snyder in New Book

  January 2, 2018—“South Korea’s only viable strategic option for the foreseeable future is continued cultivation and strengthening of the alliance …

December 4, 2017

Southeast Asia
Pope Francis_Aung San Suu Kyi_11.28.2017 Reflecting on Pope Francis’s Trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh

There was no way that Pope Francis’s trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh last week was going to be uneventful. The trip came in the midst of a massive spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State—…

November 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Pope Francis visit_11.27.2017 Questions for Pope Francis’s Trip to Myanmar This Week

In an earlier post today, I noted that there remain many questions about the memorandum of understanding that Dhaka and Naypyidaw have supposedly negotiated, allowing at least some Rohingya to return…

November 2, 2017

Myanmar
Rohingya_11.2.2017 Next Steps in the Rohingya Crisis

Today, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill that would not allow certain types of military cooperation with the Myanmar armed forces, and would place sanctions and travel restriction…

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 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.

October 2, 2017

Myanmar
Min Aung Hlaing_3.27.2017 Why Aren’t Myanmar’s Military Leaders Facing More Punishment?

Since late August, when attacks by Rohingya insurgents on police posts in Myanmar led to a massive reprisal by the army and other security forces in Rakhine State, the country has witnessed some of i…

October 4, 2017

Trade
Mexican commercial trucks cross into the United States. NAFTA’s Economic Impact

More than twenty years after its implementation, the North American Free Trade Agreement continues to spur debate over its impact on economic growth and jobs.

September 29, 2017

Myanmar
Rohingya crisis_9.26.2017 The UN Toughens its Myanmar Stance—Five Years into the Rakhine Crisis

At the UN Security Council yesterday, both the UN Secretary-General and a number of UNSC members called for tough pressure on the Myanmar government, as the crisis in Rakhine State—and the exodus of …

October 2, 2017

Myanmar
A Myanmar soldier stands near a township in Rakhine State, September 27, 2017. How Myanmar’s Military Wields Power From the Shadows

Despite Myanmar’s recent transition to civilian leadership, the military has retained significant power and is most to blame for the sectarian violence against the Rohingya.