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September 21, 2018

Diplomacy and International Institutions
MIKTA in the Middle: A Little-Known Multilateral Group Turns Five

In 2013, the nations of Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia formally launched “MIKTA.” The latest in an alphabet soup of informal groupings that have sprung up since the end of the C…

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop talks during a media conference after holding the 8th foreign minister's meeting known as MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia) in Sydney, Australia.

September 7, 2018

Afghanistan
The Future for Peace in Afghanistan is Much Brighter

Women are at the center of a push for an Afghanistan whose future looks different from its past. Recently, female activists spent days poring over a letter they wrote that urges the United Nations to…

Afghan women mourn inside a hospital compound after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

September 7, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: September 7, 2018

This week: A criminal complaint against North Korea, Facebook and Twitter in front of the Senate, the tech relationship between India and China, and Donald J. Trump's preference for golf over cyber p…

The Interview

August 15, 2018

South Korea
Moon Jae-in’s 2018 Liberation Day Speech and South Korea’s Foreign Policy

The commemoration marking the anniversary of the end of World War II is always a bittersweet moment in South Korea. It marks a day of euphoria on the Korean peninsula that carries with it both the le…

South Korean President Moon Jae-in delivers a speech.

August 15, 2018

Disasters
U.S. Disaster Relief at Home and Abroad

The U.S. government responds to scores of disasters each year, coordinating closely with state, local, and foreign partners. However, more frequent and severe storms, fires, and floods are straining …

Loren Elliott/Reuters

August 2, 2018

South Korea
Is South Korea Pro-China and Anti-Japan? It’s Complicated.

Sungtae (Jacky) Park is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. The history of Korea’s relations with China and Japan going back to ancient times shows that Koreans have always h…

Is South Korea Pro-China and Anti-Japan? It’s Complicated.

July 19, 2018

North Korea
North Korea’s Power Structure

In North Korea, all authority flows from Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un. He has reinstated the party as the central hub to consolidate his power and bring elites to heel.

Pedestrians walk past portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

March 10, 2017

Elections and Voting
Park Geun-hye’s Impeachment: What Next?

South Korea’s Constitutional Court unanimously upheld the National Assembly’s impeachment of Park Geun-hye today, paving the way for new elections to be held within 60 days of the ruling. May 9 has b…

June 29, 2018

Wars and Conflict
Global Conflict This Week: June 29, 2018

Developments in conflicts across the world that you might have missed this week.

The Chakmarkul refugee camp is seen after a storm, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on June 10, 2018.

June 29, 2018

United States
Tax Reform in the Q1-2018 BoP Data

The impact of the U.S. tax reform on the U.S. trade balance was a hot item of debate last December. There was an argument that reducing the headline tax rate—and creating an even lower tax for the…

Tax Reform in the Q1-2018 BoP Data