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July 23, 2019

North Korea
Sino-U.S. Strategic Competition Impedes a Nuclear Deal With North Korea

The Chinese view an expanding North Korean nuclear program as hastening the erosion of American credibility throughout Asia, and eventually contributing to China’s assumption of the role of regional …

U.S. President Donald J. Trump and China's President Xi Jinping meet business leaders at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on November 9, 2017.

August 5, 2010

China
East Asia Summit, Take Two

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Nyein Chan Naing/Pool A post over at East Asia Forum tweaks my recent blog about America and the East Asia Summit. It argues that I have an "empathy deficit." Here’s how …

East Asia Summit, Take Two

July 17, 2019

North Korea
Can North Korea Be Deterred?

The United States’ deterrence record is spotty vis-à-vis North Korea, and a judgement of its success or failure hinges on how the behaviors or actions targeted by deterrence are defined. 

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July 8, 2019

China
The Chinese Obstacle to a Nuclear Deal With North Korea

If North Korean nuclear proliferation was intended by China to reduce the U.S. presence in the Pacific, that strategy has backfired.

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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…

May 14, 2019

United States
Congressional Trip to East Asia: A Debrief From Senator Christopher A. Coons

Senator Coons discusses his recent congressional delegation to East Asia and provides his perspective on U.S. policy in the Asia-Pacific and the future of U.S.-China relations.

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March 15, 2019

China
The Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Was Not Replicated Across Asia

China's surplus is down relative to its pre-global crisis level, both in dollar terms and as a percent of China's own GDP.    The same cannot be said of China's neighbors.   East and Southeast Asia a…

The Fall in China's Current Account Surplus Was Not Replicated Across Asia

July 22, 2016

East Asia’s (Goods) Trade Surplus

European and U.S. politics have gotten a lot of attention this summer. But one of the biggest shifts in the global economy over the past two years has been the powerful return of Asia’s trade surplu…

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August 20, 2019

Energy and Climate Policy
Electricity as Coercion: Is There a Risk of Strategic Denial of Service?

This guest post is co-authored by Joshua Busby, associate professor of public affairs at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the LBJ School at the University of Texas a…

Electricity pylons are seen in London, Britain August 1, 2017.

August 19, 2019

Election 2020
The 2020 Presidential Candidates: In Their Own Words

The Democratic and Republican presidential contenders have begun defining their approach to major foreign policy issues as they jockey for position in their parties’ primaries.

The Presidential Seal