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March 21, 2022

Russia
Don't Pivot From the Pivot to Asia

Russia's struggles in Ukraine reveal a pivot to Asia is still the right strategy.

President Barack Obama announces the pivot to Asia in a speech to the Australian Parliament on November 17, 2011.

October 23, 2006

Vietnam
Oberdorfer: Tet and Iraq: Parallels and Differences

Don Oberdorfer, an expert on Asian affairs who wrote a major book on the Tet offensive, Tet!, says even though support for the Iraq war is ebbing in the United States, the current mood lacks “the dom…

October 4, 2007

South Korea
Oberdorfer: On Verge of ‘New Day’ on Korean Peninsula

Don Oberdorfer, an Asia expert who has written a history of North and South Korea, says the latest developments on North Korea indicate that “for once on the Korean peninsula, the stars are in alignm…

March 6, 2007

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
Oberdorfer: Nuclear Test Spurred Negotiations

Don Oberdorfer, a leading Korea expert, says “important progress” has been made toward normalization of U.S.-North Korea relations.

December 20, 2007

South Korea
Oberdorfer: S. Korean President-Elect to Focus on Economy, Trust with North

Don Oberdorfer, a leading expert on South Korea, says the president-elect of South Korea will take a “business-like” approach to the economy and ties with the North.

January 6, 2003

North Korea
U.S. ‘No Talk’ Policy With N. Korea ‘Ineffective,’ Says Oberdorfer

The Bush administration’s refusal to talk to North Korea is “a mistake,” says Korea expert Don Oberdorfer in an interview with Bernard Gwertzman, consulting editor for cfr.org. D…

November 13, 2020

Transition 2021
Transition 2021: When Presidents Don’t Concede

Each Friday, I look at what is happening in President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition to the White House. This week: Trump puts the transition process in limbo and Biden begins building his team. 

President-Elect Joe Biden stands behind a podium with the words "Office of the President Elect."

January 14, 2021

Transition 2021
Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations

By now you no doubt have heard that President Donald Trump will skip President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday. Given Trump’s role in inciting last week’s mob attack on the Capitol Buil…

Capitol

February 24, 2020

South Korea
Don't Gut the U.S.-South Korea Alliance

The OPCON transition plan should be put on the back burner or, better yet, scrapped altogether.

Members of South Korean and U.S. Special Forces enter a CH-47 Chinook during a joint military exercise conducted in Gangwon province, South Korea, on November 7, 2019.

July 28, 2022

Emerging Economies
Debt Distress: Can Emerging Markets Withstand Rising Costs?

Struggling to make ends meet as inflation and interest rates climb, many emerging markets will have to pursue difficult debt restructuring with international creditors.

People block a main road as they wait for gas trucks to arrive in Colombo, Sri Lanka.