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October 2, 2017

Japan
Japan’s Choice: Abe vs. Koike

For the second time since returning to the prime minister’s office in 2012, Shinzo Abe has called for a snap election. His calculus seems to revolve around timing. A drop in Abe’s approval ratings th…

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike

July 18, 2017

Infrastructure
The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…

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June 16, 2017

Climate Change
The United States Left the Paris Agreement. Good.

President Trump has announced the United States will leave the Paris climate agreement. It just might save the deal. 

President Trump announces U.S. exit from Paris Agreement

December 21, 2016

Japan
Abe and Obama: Reconciliation and the Rebalance

The meeting of U.S. and Japanese leaders in Pearl Harbor will be a reminder of the remarkable journey that transformed the two countries from adversaries to allies.

October 7, 2016

China
Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of October 7, 2016

Rachel Brown, Lincoln Davidson, Gabriella Meltzer, David O’Connor, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Thailand detains Hong Kong democracy activist. Thai authorities det…

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May 18, 2018

Drug Policy
Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Speakers examine the growing opioid epidemic in the United States and compare global responses to opioid addiction, discuss the effects on the U.S. economy and labor force, and explore potential medi…

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May 11, 2018

North Korea
Changing Strategic Circumstances in Asia

With the recent Inter-Korean Summit, U.S.-China trade disagreements, and unrest in much of the region, the balance of power in Asia continues to be in a state of flux.

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February 7, 2018

Economics
Behavioral Economics in the Age of Big Data

The Robert B. Menschel Economics Symposium generates critical thinking about the consequences of herd mentality behavior in global economics. 

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October 16, 2017

United States
Roberto Azevêdo Discusses Trade Policies of the United States

This is the final session of the "The United States and World Trade: Future Directions" symposium. 

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July 1, 2014

Japan
The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance

The U.S.-Japan alliance has been the cornerstone of Washington’s security policy in East Asia, but rising threats from China, North Korea, and economic recovery raise questions about the future of th…

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta addresses U.S. and Japanese forces at Yokota Air Base outside of Tokyo, October 24, 2011.