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June 30, 2017

South China Sea
The False Choice of War or Accommodation in the South China Sea

I appreciate Hugh White taking the time to critique my essay in the current edition of Foreign Affairs, which recommends a course correction in US strategy to deter and, if necessary, deny Chinese co…

The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sails alongside South Korean multirole guided-missile destroyer Wang Geon during a bilateral exercise in the western Pacific Ocean. April 25, 2017.

March 15, 2017

China
Don’t Buy China’s Peace Plan for North Korea

In a matter of weeks, all of China’s fears have come to a head on the Korean Peninsula. At an airport in Malaysia in mid-February, the exiled half-brother of North Korea’s ruler was assassinated with…

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June 20, 2017

South China Sea
Two Cardinal Sins of U.S. South China Sea Policy

In previewing this week’s inaugural U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, acting Assistant Secretary of State Susan Thornton took a question from Anne Gearan of The Washington Post about the T…

China Coast Guard vessels patrol past a Chinese fishing vessel at the disputed Scarborough Shoal, April 5, 2017.

March 28, 2018

China
Why Does Everyone Hate Made in China 2025?

China's grand plan to bolster hi-tech industries at home is not receiving much love abroad. There's a good reason why. 

A man walks past a billboard at 2017 China International Robot Show in Shanghai

March 23, 2018

China
Emperor Xi Meets Donald Trump Thought

Together, China’s rise and Trump’s reactions threaten to bury the liberal international order and limit Sino-American cooperation, and tensions could well spill over into other regions and global cha…

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

February 15, 2018

China
U.S. Policy Toward China: Dumping the Baby, the Bathwater, and the Tub

According to a recent Foreign Affairs article, U.S. policy toward China has failed. Two senior Asia officials who served in the Obama administration, my good friends Kurt Campbell and Ely Ratner (who…

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017.

November 2, 2017

United States
Trump and Asia: Resources from CFR and Foreign Affairs

On Friday, President Donald J. Trump will start a two week trip that includes visits to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Recent resources from the Council on Foreign Relations…

February 13, 2018

United States
Walking Away From World Order: Weighing Trump’s First Year of Foreign Policy

“Nobody really knew what to expect when Donald Trump became U.S. president. Would he disrupt the status quo or maintain it? Blow himself up or escape unscathed? One year in, the answer is yes,” write…

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September 24, 2019

United Nations General Assembly
A Conversation With Minister Adel al-Jubeir of Saudi Arabia

For further reading, please see the CFR In Brief “Trump’s Iran-Saudi Arabia Dilemma” by Philip H. Gordon, the CFR blog post “Scale and Nature of Attacks on Saudi Oil Makes This One Different” by Amy …

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September 12, 2019

Saudi Arabia
Progressive Foreign Policy: A Conversation With Senator Chris Murphy

Senator Murphy discusses his progressive foreign policy vision and national security interests in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.  TALEV: Thank you. I’m going to be really concise, conciser than normal, t…

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