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November 4, 2021

Japan
The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance

The alliance with Japan has been the cornerstone of U.S. security policy in East Asia for decades. Now, Japan’s role in global security is growing as challenges from China and North Korea mount.

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addresses U.S. and Japanese forces at Yokota Air Base outside of Tokyo, October 24, 2011.

November 9, 2015

Asia
Southern Asia’s Nuclear Powers

China, India, and Pakistan have relatively small but growing nuclear arms programs. This nuclear competition is raising concern because of long-simmering tensions and a lack of efforts at minimizing …

A surface-to-surface missile is launched off the eastern Indian state of Odisha, September 15, 2013.

July 26, 2005

United States
ASIA: U.S. Military Bases in Central Asia

This publication is now archived. What is the status of the U.S. military bases in Central Asia?The United States maintains two bases in Central Asia, one each in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, for its p…

April 10, 2007

Asia
Crafting a U.S. Policy on Asia

Experts say the United States, overstretched militarily and diplomatically in the Middle East, needs to refocus its Asia-Pacific strategy to reverse a slide in its influence over the region.

November 2, 2007

Development
Inequalities in Asia’s Giants

While spiraling economic growth in India and China has lifted millions out of poverty, it has also fueled inequalities within their societies.

February 2, 2006

Defense and Security
New Focus On U.S.-Southeast Asia Military Ties

This publication is now archived. What’s the current U.S. security relationship with the major countries of Southeast Asia?It varies by country, experts say. The U.S. military has close relationships…

September 20, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
What’s Next for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?

Though President Trump withdrew from the TPP, the remaining members of the trade pact have forged ahead with a new version, leaving the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific in question.

Remaining members of the TPP gather at the signing agreement ceremony in Santiago, Chile, in March 2018.

November 8, 2021

Infrastructure
The State of U.S. Infrastructure

The U.S. Congress has approved the largest federal investment in infrastructure in decades. Here’s why infrastructure matters for U.S. economic competitiveness. 

Phase II construction on Metro’s Silver Line at Dulles International Airport continues.

October 26, 2021

Lebanon
What Is Hezbollah?

Military experience gained from fighting in Syria’s civil war and decades of clashes with Israel have made the Iran-backed group stronger than ever, but the biggest threat it faces may be upheaval in…

A crowd of Hezbollah supporters surrounds a giant model of a fist holding a gun.

October 8, 2021

Trade
The Truth About Tariffs

Tariffs have been applied over the years to protect homegrown industries and target competitors who are seen as using unfair trade practices. They impose costs on both importers and exporters and had been in decline until the recent U.S.-China trade war.

A steelworker tests a sample of steel at an Indiana mill in March 2018.