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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

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.

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.

June 1, 2020

South China Sea
Rising Tensions in the South China Sea

The risk of a military confrontation between the United States and China in the South China Sea is growing. In a new Center for Preventive Action report, Oriana Skylar Mastro details how the United S…

A member of the Australian Navy stands behind a gun while watching the USS Bunker Hill move into position during a joint U.S.-Australia training exercise in the South China Sea on April 14, 2020.

March 4, 2020

South Korea
Advancing South Korean Capabilities for the Future: Procurement or Research and Development?

South Korea can use indigenous capabilities to meet many of its goals, but will also need to procure some systems necessary for its self-defense into the future.

Members of U.S. and South Korean Special Forces take part in a joint military exercise conducted at Gunsan Air Force Base in Gunsan, South Korea, on November 12, 2019.

January 6, 2020

North Korea
Flexibility On Denuclearization Necessary for North Korea’s Economic Development

Although Kim Jong-un’s latest words on New Year’s Eve are a cause for concern, they seem to be aimed at gaining negotiating leverage rather than indicative of a real change in North Korea’s trajector…

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the Third Enlarged Meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in this undated photo released on December 22, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

June 15, 2020

Philippines
Maria Ressa’s Verdict: A Capstone for the Collapse of Press Freedom in Southeast Asia

Yesterday (U.S. time), editor Maria Ressa, one of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines, and indeed in the world—she was selected as one of Time’s people of the year in 2018 and featured …

Maria Ressa in a white mask surrounded by reporters

July 2, 2020

United States
U.S. Natural Gas: Once Full of Promise, Now in Retreat

Mirroring events that rocked the international oil industry earlier this year — catalyzed by the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic — a now sluggish global economy is hitting the liquefied natural ga…

U.S. President Donald Trump appears before workers at Cameron LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) Export Facility in Hackberry, Louisiana, U.S., May 14, 2019.

July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Singapore’s National Elections: Will a Pandemic, and a Shifting Society, Lead to a Different Result?

Last week, the Singaporean prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, of the long-dominant People’s Action Party (PAP), declared that the city-state would hold its general election on July 10. The prime minist…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Will COVID-19 Make This Year’s Election Different for Singapore’s Ruling Party?

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong declared in a televised address last week that Singapore would hold its next general election on July 10. Lee and other members of the long-ruling People’s Action Party…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.