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November 10, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

The Marine Corps turns 243 years-old today. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a resolution to create a Marine force composed of two battalions. Since then, the Marines have been …

USMC birthday

October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

March 7, 2018

Vietnam
The Evolution of U.S.–Vietnam Ties

Once locked in war, Vietnam and the United States have built mature ties rooted in mutual economic and security interests.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump welcomes Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the White House, Washington, DC.

January 3, 2018

Japan
Nationalism, Japan, and a Changing Asia

Japan’s choices in a changing Asia will define the region’s future and will have tremendous impact on U.S. policy in Asia. Japanese today, like their neighbors on the Korean peninsula and in China, a…

Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force tanks take part in an annual training session with Mount Fuji in the background at Higashifuji training field in Gotemba, Japan August 24, 2017.

December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries

June 20, 2018

Women and Women's Rights
Eradicating Wartime Rape Once and for All

Today, sexual violence is used as a tactic of war, terrorism, torture, and repression, and has driven massive displacement of the civilian population in Myanmar, Syria, the Horn of Africa, and elsewh…

Podcast Rohingya refugees at a women's clinic in Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. October 23, 2017.

December 4, 2017

Japan
Episode 6: Japan's Diverse Nationalists

Professor Nathaniel Smith explains who makes up the “new right” movement and how it differs ideologically from more established right-wing groups in Japan.

Podcast Members of the nationalist movement "Ganbare Nippon" march with Japanese national flags while paying tribute to the war dead near Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo August 15, 2013.

June 30, 2011

Immigration and Migration
Reads of the Week

A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks an area under a bridge crossing between the United States and Mexico (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters). Starting today, at the end of each week I will post a weekly ro…

A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks an area under a bridge crossing between the United States and Mexico (Eric Thayer/Courtesy Reuters).

September 20, 2017

Asia
Podcast: Grand Strategy from the American Revolution to the Trump Administration

The Trump administration seeks to craft a new strategy towards Asia, but what can it learn from the past?

Podcast Navy vessels of South Korea and the United States attend a joint military drill on the East Sea