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Mar 31, 2017

China
Not the Right Time for a U.S.-China Summit

Hochang Song is a former member of South Korea’s national assembly and is a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. President Dona…

Jan 4, 2017

Military Operations
North Korea: Four Hard Questions for the Trump Administration

Sungtae (Jacky) Park is research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. On January 2, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that a nuclear North Korea capable of hitting parts of the United S…

Nov 7, 2016

Russia
Securing Strategic Buffer Space: Case Studies and Implications for U.S. Global Strategy

Sungtae “Jacky” Park is research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. A series of geopolitical fault lines are coming apart today. There is a hybrid conflict in Ukraine, an arc of destruct…

May 15, 2017

South Korea
Moon Jae-in Inherits Leadership At An Uncertain Moment For South Korea Moon Jae-in Inherits Leadership At An Uncertain Moment For South Korea

After a historic election in South Korea, progressive Moon Jae-in is the country’s new president. Exit polls estimate Moon won 41% of the vote and conservative Hong Joon-pyo, his closest competitor, …

Apr 10, 2017

China
A Menu of Imperfect Strategic Options for South Korea

This post was coauthored with Sungtae (Jacky) Park, research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. This post originally appeared on East Asia Forum, is an abridged adaptation of the authors’…

May 18, 2017

South Korea
Can the U.S.-Korea Alliance Survive the Trump-Moon Era? Can the U.S.-Korea Alliance Survive the Trump-Moon Era?

The election of the left-leaning Moon Jae-in is a confidence booster for South Korea, in terms of both the country's democratic process and the prospects for fighting endemic corruption. But it took …

May 15, 2017

China
Can China Meet President Trump’s Expectations On North Korea? Can China Meet President Trump’s Expectations On North Korea?

North Korea is not abandoning its nuclear ambitions, as proven by Saturday’s failed ballistic missile test. However, neither is the United States abandoning its plan to pressure North Korea into subm…

May 4, 2017

South Korea
Understanding South Korea’s Tense Election

South Korea’s tumultuous political season culminates in a May 9 presidential election, with complicated ties with the United States looming and the favored candidate backing a softer stance toward No…

May 18, 2017

Iran
a girl holds a poster of Rouhani Is Iran’s Election a Litmus Test for the Next Supreme Leader?

Iranians are heading to the polls this Friday to decide Iran’s next president: incumbent Hassan Rouhani or his challenger Ebrahim Raisi. A victory for Raisi could mean he is being tested out for a po…

May 22, 2017

Asia
An LNG tanker passes boats along the coast of Singapore Don’t Let the Window of Opportunity for Increasing Asia’s Use of Natural Gas Close

Natural gas markets in the Asia-Pacific are on the cusp of an extraordinary transformation thanks, in part, to the rise of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to the Asia-Pacific from U.S. suppliers…