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April 24, 2018

International Economic Policy
Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

East Asia (China, Japan, and the NIEs) ran a $600 billion current account surplus in 2017. "Official" (central bank and sovereign fund) outflows accounted for about half of that. Asia's foreign excha…

Asia's Central Banks and Sovereign Funds Are Back

May 29, 2011

India
Can the U.S. and India Cooperate in Central Asia?

Kazakhstan\’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev and India\’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inspect the guard of honor during their meeting in Astana April 16, 2011. Courtesy Reuters/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov…

Can the U.S. and India Cooperate in Central Asia?

February 18, 2011

China
An Agenda for U.S.-Central Asia Relations

When it snows on the steppes of eastern Kazakhstan, hunters saddle up and gallop off with eagles on their arms in search of prey. (Shamil Zhumatov/Courtesy Reuters) I’ve blogged mainly on East Asia …

An Agenda for U.S.-Central Asia Relations

January 5, 2010

Russia
China’s Big Play in Central Asia

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Mukhtar Kholdorbekov/Kazinform Last week, a west-east pipeline from Xinjiang to eastern China began bringing Central Asian gas to energy-hungry Chinese consumers. The pipel…

China’s Big Play in Central Asia

September 20, 2013

Russia
Will Piekos: China’s Inroads into Central Asia

Will Piekos is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a lengthy trip to Central Asia this past weekend that ended in a mee…

(R-L) Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmon, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev, China's President Xi Jinping, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov pose for a picture before a session of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek on September 13, 2013 (Mikhail Klimentyev/Courtesy Reuters).

September 4, 2011

Asia
Central Asia Celebrates Independence

A general view of the Kalyan ensemble in Bukhara, Uzbekistan, which dates as far back as 1127. Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov. With Central Asian countries celebrating the 20th anniversary of their indepen…

Central Asia Celebrates Independence

February 22, 2011

Asia
Seven Guidelines for U.S. Central Asia Policy

Pedestrians walk past Bibi Khanum mosque in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. (Shamil Baigin/Courtesy Reuters) As noted in my last post, a new report from the bipartisan Central Asia Study Group, chaired by fo…

Seven Guidelines for U.S. Central Asia Policy

June 4, 2019

South Korea
Korea, the “Germany” of Northeast Asia…

Korea has no shortage of fiscal space.  It should use it.

Korea, the “Germany” of Northeast Asia…

August 16, 2019

Afghanistan
Afghanistan Endgame, Part Two: How Does This War End?

Should the Haqqani network manage a collapse of the Afghan government, Pakistan threatens to make winning the next war more difficult than previous ones.

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September 4, 2019

Southeast Asia
Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia: A Review

Over the past decade, democracy has regressed in much of Asia, though there are notable exceptions including Malaysia and Taiwan. Southeast Asia has witnessed a reversal in Thailand, weakening instit…

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects troops at the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison as part of events marking the twentieth anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China on June 30, 2017.