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January 11, 2019

Middle East and North Africa
Middle East Burden Sharing

The central takeaway from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Cairo speech is that the United States needs to rely more on allies to stabilize the Middle East.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo.

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

October 26, 2011

China
Sick Man of East Asia

Doctor Ji Jiafu operates with his staff on a cancer patient in an operating theatre in the Beijing Cancer Hospital July 12, 2011. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters) Foreign Affairs just published its Nov…

Doctor Ji Jiafu operates with his staff on a cancer patient in an operating theatre in the Beijing Cancer Hospital July 12, 2011. (David Gray/Courtesy Reuters)

May 6, 2009

Emerging Markets
Greenish shoots in East Asia

In early January, data showing a sharp fall in Asian exports -- a couple of Asian countries, led by Korea, tend to report trade data faster than anyone else -- signaled a much broader slump in global…

Greenish shoots in East Asia

February 4, 2019

Japan
Japan-South Korea Tensions Spur the Need for Courage and Creativity

This post is co-authored with Brad Glosserman, deputy director of and visiting professor at the Tama University Center for Rule Making Strategies and senior advisor for Pacific Forum. Scott A. Snyder…

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March 26, 2019

South Korea
South Korea is a Hesitant, but Friendly, U.S. Ally in the Indo-Pacific

Washington should not doubt that Seoul will be a strong partner for the Indo-Pacific strategy. 

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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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March 20, 2019

Indonesia
Indonesia’s Election: Southeast Asia’s Drifting Heavyweight

Indonesia’s high-stakes vote for president is likely to result in more political stagnation for the world’s third-largest democracy.

A man stands in front of an Indonesian election campaign mural

April 4, 2019

U.S. Foreign Policy
Continuity and Change: The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policies

Since President Donald J. Trump assumed office, U.S. foreign policy has seen major shake-ups: withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris accord, a dramatic down-to-the-wire renegotia…

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a bilateral meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi alongside the ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

March 11, 2019

India
A Matter of Particular Concern: India’s Transition From Biomass Burning

Aaron Steinberg is an interdepartmental program assistant at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.  On Sunday, the Indian Election Commission released the much anticipated polling dates fo…

A villager makes cow dung cakes used as cooking fuel at Maloya village on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Chandigarh January 31, 2011.