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November 8, 2018

South Korea
A Missed Opportunity to Commemorate a Positive Moment in Korea-Japan Relations

Scott Snyder and Brad Glosserman are co-authors of The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States.   Anniversaries loom large in international relations. They are …

South Korean President Kim Dae-jung speaks at a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi at the Akasaka state guesthouse in Tokyo on October 8, 1998.

October 11, 2018

China
Religion in China

As religious observance in China grows, the Chinese Communist Party continues to toughen oversight, increase religious persecution, and attempt to coopt state-sanctioned religious organizations.

Uighur men leave a mosque following the Eid prayers in Kashgar.

September 28, 2018

Cameroon
America's Dilemma in Cameroon: Supporting an Abusive Military

Biya now faces two major security threats. In the southeast, where the Anglophone minority predominates, there is an insurrection in response to decades of repression and marginalization by Biya’s government. In the far north of Cameroon, predominately Muslim, is also disaffected from Biya’s ostensibly Christian regime. Boko Haram is active there.

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May 4, 2017

United States
Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters)

June 15, 2018

Taiwan
China-Taiwan Relations

Differences over Taiwan’s status fuel tensions between the island and mainland, yet cross-strait economic ties continue to deepen. 

Military honor guards lower the Taiwanese flag, at Liberty Square, in Taipei, Taiwan.

March 22, 2018

China
China’s Heavy Hand in Africa

Is China’s “charm offensive” in Africa losing its charm and becoming just offensive?

Chinese New Year Gala Skit

March 8, 2018

Nigeria
An $80 Million Yacht, a $50 Million Apartment, and Nigeria’s Former Oil Minister

Aluko and others are under investigation in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States for, among other things, bribing the Nigerian oil minister at the time, Diezani Alison-Madueke for lucrative government contracts.

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February 12, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: February 3 - February 9

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between February 3 to February 9, 2018.

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February 9, 2018

Vietnam War
Lessons From the Tet Offensive

Last month marked the fiftieth anniversary of the start of the Tet Offensive. Yesterday I had the good fortune to discuss the lessons of Tet with three experts on the Vietnam War, Frances FitzGerald,…

Tet Offensive

February 5, 2018

Nigeria
Nigeria Security Tracker Weekly Update: January 27 - February 2

This update represents violence in Nigeria and related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger between January 27 to February 2, 2018.

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