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June 18, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, June 2020: Cases in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan Spike

COVID-19 cases continue to rise rapidly in South Asia. For months, South Asia was spared the worst of the pandemic.

A man in PPE standing in front of a fire

August 3, 2020

Southeast Asia
Vietnam’s Response to the United States’ Changing Approach to the South China Sea

Huong Le Thu is a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. July 2020 marked a significant shift in developments regarding the South China Sea. The Trump administration announce…

The Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Parramatta (L) is underway with the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS America, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, and the Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry in the South China Sea on April 18, 2020.

July 27, 2020

Southeast Asia
Elections Have Consequences in Singapore Too

Meredith Weiss is professor and chair of political science in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the University at Albany, SUNY. As anticipated, the incumbent People’s Action …

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves as he arrives at a People's Action Party branch office, as ballots are being counted during the general election, in Singapore on July 11, 2020.

July 15, 2020

South Korea
Remembering General Paik Sun-yup

Without Paik’s herculean effort, South Korea as we know it today—a vibrant, capitalist, and liberal democracy—wouldn’t exist.

General Paik Sun-yup, 1950

July 29, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, July 2020: No End in Sight for India

Experts continue to be concerned about low levels of COVID-19 testing across South Asia.

Children on makeshift rafts in a flooded area of Jamalpur, Bangladesh.

June 22, 2020

Nepal
India-Nepal Bilateral Relations Slide: Perspective From Kathmandu

India’s relationship with Nepal is at its lowest point since the five-month “Indian Blockade” of 2015. The gap between Kathmandu and New Delhi is widening as India has not been able to keep up with t…

People gathering at dusk in a park around a Nepali flag surrounded by candles on the ground

June 8, 2020

China
Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Cure for China’s Soft Power Woes?

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government has ramped up investment in promoting traditional Chinese medicine abroad while cracking down on critics at home. 

A medical worker in protective suit prepares traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for patients of the novel coronavirus with an intelligent dispensing equipment at a pharmacy in Wuhan, China on March 2, 2020.

July 31, 2020

United States
TWE Remembers: The Taft-Katsura Memorandum

The question of how the United States should respond to the rise of China has dominated the foreign policy debate in recent years. Democrats and Republicans alike agree that the days of cooperative e…

Taft Katsura

July 31, 2020

Media
Five Foreign-Policy Movies Worth Watching About Journalists

Each Friday this summer, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films that feature journalists.

Movie posters clockwise from top left: Foreign Correspondent/Amazon; Salvador/IMDB; Reds/Roger Ebert; The Killing Fields/Amazon; The Post/20th Century Studios; The Year of Living Dangerously/Amazon.

May 27, 2020

Coronavirus
The Ecological Roots of Pandemics

Even as politicians promote conspiracy theories on COVID-19's emergence, its most likely origins lie in their longstanding negligence of environmental health.

Villas of real estate property "Viva Villa" developed by Ping An Real Estate are seen under construction in Yunnan, China on June 20, 2019.