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October 11, 2021

Competitiveness
Major Power Rivalry in South Asia

South Asia will be both the venue for and the source of intensifying U.S.-China and China-India rivalries. The United States should prepare to manage these rivalries by collaborating with allies and …

A panoramic view of south central Mumbai, India, shows a vast contrast in living conditions between lower-middle-class dwellings and towers for the elite.

April 7, 2021

China
Major Power Rivalry in East Asia

In an era of intensifying U.S.-China friction and volatility, the risks of conflict are real and growing in East Asia, and U.S. policymakers should revitalize existing tools and build new ones to manage an increasingly militarized competition.

The Pudong district is reflected in the waterfront in Shanghai, China.

November 24, 2020

Democracy
Addressing the Effect of COVID-19 on Democracy in South and Southeast Asia

To prevent further democratic regression in South and Southeast Asia during the coronavirus pandemic, countries should continue holding free elections and counter illiberal leaders’ use of disinformation.

A police officer rides atop an armored personnel carrier during the start of a lockdown, owing to a rise in COVID-19 cases, in Navotas, in Metropolitan Manila, Philippines, on July 16, 2020.

May 23, 2018

Southeast Asia
The U.S.-Southeast Asia Relationship: Responding to China’s Rise

The United States’ strategic and economic relationships with Southeast Asia are deteriorating fast and may be seriously diminished by 2030. However, the United States can take several measures to bolster its strategic and economic ties with Southeast Asia to counter China's rise in the region.

A sailor walks behind aircraft on the U.S. Navy carrier USS Carl Vinson after it docked at a port in Danang, Vietnam, on March 5, 2018. (Kham/Reuters)

January 8, 2015

Southeast Asia
The Pivot in Southeast Asia

Overview Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Senior Fellow Joshua Kurlantzick analyzes the effects of the Obama administration's pivot on Southeast Asia and argues that the United States should ref…

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November 17, 2011

Northeast Asia
The East Asia Summit and the Difficulty of Establishing a Security Regime in Northeast Asia

The United States' membership in the East Asian Summit (EAS) may mark a new step in U.S. involvement in East Asia. But East Asian regionalism does not currently provide an answer for how to instituti…

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May 29, 2012

Security Alliances
A Changing East Asia and U.S. Foreign Policy

The rise of China is precipitating a power transition in East Asia. China has become the top trading partner of almost every country in the region. Its military power is increasing to match that of t…

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March 1, 2017

South Korea
Expanding South Korea’s Security Role in the Asia-Pacific Region

South Korea has much to lose if it does not help Southeast Asia address regional flash points such as disputes in the South China Sea.

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May 19, 2017

Fossil Fuels
Increasing the Use of Natural Gas in the Asia-Pacific Region

Increased use of natural gas in the Asia-Pacific region could bring substantial local and global benefits. Countries in the region could take advantage of newly abundant global gas supplies to diversify their energy mix.

An LNG tanker passes boats along the coast of Singapore on February 3, 2017.

May 28, 2014

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia's Regression From Democracy and Its Implications

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia Joshua Kurlantzick details the region's startling democratic regression, assesses the reasons behind this recent stagnation, examines the role of the United States, and offers recommendations for policy options to help support the foundations of democracy in Southeast Asia.

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