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June 10, 2013

TWE Remembers: The Korean Expedition of 1871 and the Battle of Ganghwa (Shinmiyangyo)

Sometimes good relationships get off to a bad start. The United States and South Korea are a case in point. Today, Seoul is a valued American ally. Just last month, South Korean president Park Geun-h…

Council of war on board the U.S.S. Colorado in Korea in June 1871 (Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration).

June 28, 2013

Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of June 28, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Julia Gillard is ousted as Australia’s prime minister, replaced by Kevin Rudd. Australia’s first female prime minist…

Australia's new Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, gestures at a news conference at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices in Brisbane on February 24, 2012.

September 27, 2013

Defense Technology
You Might Have Missed: Counterterrorism, Washington Credibility, and Insurgencies

A Conversation with Hassan Rouhani, Council on Foreign Relations, September 26, 2013. ROUHANI: …While interdependence and competitive cooperative approach, and not enmity, is the order of the day, z…

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September 20, 2013

Will Piekos: China’s Inroads into Central Asia

Will Piekos is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up a lengthy trip to Central Asia this past weekend that ended in a mee…

(R-L) Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmon, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambayev, China's President Xi Jinping, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov pose for a picture before a session of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Bishkek on September 13, 2013 (Mikhail Klimentyev/Courtesy Reuters).

August 10, 2013

Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of August 9, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top stories in Asia this week. 1. China fines milk formula companies. The Chinese government has fined six milk formula companies a total of $110 million f…

A child undergoes a medical check for possible kidney stones at a hospital in Shanghai on September 27, 2008 (Nir Elias/Courtesy Reuters)

January 7, 2014

China’s Incomparable Environmental Challenge

It is tempting to write-off China’s environmental situation as simply a moment in time. The imperative of lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty while managing the economic demands of …

A van carrying air sampling equipment drives through Los Angeles as part of the Los Angeles Reactive Pollutant Program in September 1973. (Gene Daniels/NARA/Wikimedia Commons)

March 7, 2014

The World Next Week: Crimea Standoff Continues, Tibetans Commemorate Uprising Day, and the World Wide Web Turns Twenty-Five

The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I discussed Russia’s intervention in Crimea, Tibetan Uprising Day, and the World Wide Web’s twenty-fifth birthday. [audio: http://www.cfr.org/conte…

Pro-Russian demonstrators rally in the Crimean town of Yevpatoria. (Mark Levin/Courtesy Reuters)

November 5, 2013

China’s Xinjiang Problem

This post first appeared on CNN’s GPS blog and can be found here. In the aftermath of an apparent suicide attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on October 27 that injured dozens of people and killed …

A child looks out from a door as a Uighur woman walks by in a residential area in Turpan, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region on October 31, 2013 (Michael Martina/Courtesy Reuters).

December 19, 2013

North Korea
North Korean Leadership Tremors: Catalyst for U.S.-ROK-China Cooperation?

I participated last Friday morning in a perfectly timed, wide-ranging panel discussion hosted by The Korea Society and named in honor of Robert A. Scalapino, formerly Professor of Political Science a…


January 24, 2014

Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of January 24, 2014

Darcie Draudt, Charles McClean, Will Piekos, and Sharone Tobias look at the top stories in Asia this week. 1. Report reveals that several of China’s top leaders hold trillions in offshore accounts. …

Supporters of Xu Zhiyong, one of China's most prominent rights advocates, shout slogans near a court where Xu's trial is being held, in Beijing on January 22, 2014. (Kim Kyung-hoon/Courtesy Reuters)