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December 17, 2020

Japan
Japan-South Korea Relations and the Biden Factor

President-Elect Biden and his team come at a critical time for Japan-South Korea relations.

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki (C), U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) , and South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam pose at the start of their trilateral meeting, at the foreign ministry's Iikura guest house in Tokyo, Japan.

December 17, 2020

South Korea
Returning Seoul-Tokyo Relations to Normalcy

Worsening Japan-South Korea relations have unprecedented ramifications for the economic and security fields.

Japan's Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi shakes hands with South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha before the G20 foreign ministers meeting in Nagoya, Japan, on November 23, 2019.

December 17, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten Most Significant World Events in 2020

Four years ago stories appeared asking whether 2016 was the worst year ever. Well, 2020 has 2016 beat. You would have to go back to 1968 to find a year filled with as much turmoil. Yes, the past twel…

Pakistan students

December 15, 2020

Elections and Voting
The 2020 Election by the Numbers

It’s almost over. Yesterday Electoral College electors convened virtually or in person in state capitals across the country to cast their votes. The result was what everyone expected, the election of…

An elector looks at his signed ballot for Joe Biden.

January 15, 2020

North Korea
Top Conflicts to Watch in 2020: A Severe Crisis on the Korean Peninsula

This year, a severe crisis on the Korean Peninsula following the collapse of the denuclearization negotiations and renewed long-range missile testing was included as a top tier priority in the Center…

People watch a TV broadcast showing file footage for a news report in Seoul, South Korea, on October 31, 2019 on North Korea firing two projectiles, possibly missiles, into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

November 23, 2020

Human Rights
Making America Decent Again: Biden and the Future of U.S. Human Rights Policy

The United States can only promote human rights abroad if it begins from a position of humility, acknowledging that the struggle to make America a more perfect union is ongoing.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump reaches his hand out to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un while sitting down in front of several United States and North Korean flags at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas,

November 16, 2020

North Korea
North Korea’s Military Capabilities

Kim Jong-un has accelerated North Korea’s buildup of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, while also modernizing its large conventional force.

Vehicles carry missiles during a military parade in Pyongyang.

November 13, 2020

North Korea
Why North Korean Provocations Toward a Biden Administration Will Fail

A return to provocations as North Korea’s primary mechanism for drawing international attention would signal weakness, not the intended message of strength.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the 18th Meeting of the Political Bureau of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 30, 2020.

November 10, 2020

Transition 2021
New Challenges and Potential for the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Biden's return to a conventional alliance management approach could shed light on cracks in the U.S.-South Korea alliance previously obfuscated by Trump's unconventional approach.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea on December 6, 2013.

October 9, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: VP Candidates Discuss Foreign Policy

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: Kamala Harris and Mike Pence discussed U.S. policy toward China and U.S. global leadership at Wedne…

Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence sit across from each other separated by plexiglass on the stage of the vice-presidential debate.