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October 5, 2018

International Law
Thoughts on the ICJ’s Decision in Iran v United States and the Trump Administration’s Treaty Withdrawals

The following is a guest post by John B. Bellinger III, adjunct senior fellow for international and national security law at the Council on Foreign Relations. This post originally ran on Lawfare. …

A general view shows the International Court of Justice in The Hague

April 25, 2018

Southeast Asia
ASEAN Centrality in Managing a Geopolitical Jigsaw Puzzle

The tug-of-war between China and the United States, Australia, Japan, and India will define the geopolitical landscape of Asia and threatens to divide ASEAN.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations flag leads the flags of the ten-member countries during the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in 2008. Reuters/Romeo Gacad

March 15, 2017

North Korea
Will the North Korea-Malaysia Crisis Cause a Shift in Southeast Asian States’ Relationships with Pyongyang?

As I noted in a piece I co-authored with Scott Snyder shortly after the apparent assassination of Kim Jong Nam, Malaysia is but one of many Southeast Asian nations that have relatively robust diploma…

malaysia-north korea

April 25, 2011

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Retirees Are America’s Same Old Problem

In a major speech on April 13th laying out his blueprint for reducing America’s long-term debt burden, President Obama drew a sharp contrast between the outlook today and the much rosier one a deca…

Retirees Are America’s Same Old Problem

April 6, 2009

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Side-By-Side with the Depression

The current downturn is now sharper than most post-war recessions. Comparisons with the depression are rising, but there are important differences too. The policy response has been quicker this tim…

Side-By-Side with the Depression

March 8, 2016

Thanat Khoman and the Fraying of the U.S.-Thailand Alliance

Last week, Thanat Khoman, the longtime politician and former foreign minister of Thailand, died of natural causes in Bangkok. He was 102, and one of the last surviving leaders who played a central ro…


February 19, 2016

The U.S.-ASEAN Summit: Final Thoughts

The U.S.-ASEAN summit earlier this week, held at Sunnylands estate in California, was overshadowed by the death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, and the political debate over his possible rep…

U.S.-ASEAN-leaders summit-sunnylands

October 8, 2013

Regional Organizations
Missing the Boat to Indonesia: Shortchanging a Strategic Partner

An unfortunate casualty of President Obama’s cancelled trip to Asia was the missed opportunity to cement stronger U.S. ties with Indonesia, the emerging giant of Southeast Asia. The bilateral relatio…

Indonesia's President Yudhoyono shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua

June 10, 2013

TWE Remembers: The Korean Expedition of 1871 and the Battle of Ganghwa (Shinmiyangyo)

Sometimes good relationships get off to a bad start. The United States and South Korea are a case in point. Today, Seoul is a valued American ally. Just last month, South Korean president Park Geun-h…

Council of war on board the U.S.S. Colorado in Korea in June 1871 (Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration).

January 4, 2011

Dangers and Ditches

Young returnees from north Sudan smile in Aweil. (Goran Tomasevic/courtesy Reuters) CFR’s Center for Preventive Action (CPA) recently asked a wide range of government officials, academics, and think…

Young returnees from north Sudan smile in Aweil