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September 2, 2016

United States
Remembering Ho Chi Minh’s 1945 Declaration of Vietnam’s Independence

What if? Those two words are easy to ask, whether about our own lives or world history. But the answers can be haunting—a different choice might have created a better opportunity or prevented a trage…

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October 11, 2013

Japan
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of October 11, 2013

Will Piekos and Sharone Tobias look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. China surpasses U.S. in oil imports. According to EIA data, China has surpassed the United States in oil imports, ta…

A taxi driver looks at the price as he fills the tank of his car near a board showing recently increased prices at a gas station in Shenyang, Liaoning province, on February 20, 2011. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters)

April 30, 2020

Asia
Vietnam: A Successful Battle Against the Virus

The country has kept its number of cases relatively low by reacting immediately, decisively, and with a degree of severity.

Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc waits for the start of a special video conference with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Hanoi on April 14, 2020.

December 29, 2020

2020 in Review
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2020

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2020 who shaped U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten world figu…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends a memorial service for late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui at a chapel of Aletheia University in New Taipei City, Taiwan September 19, 2020.

November 12, 2019

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Faces Graver Peril From Climate Change Than Previously Thought

Rising seas will endanger more than three hundred million people in the next thirty years, according to a startling new study published in late October in the journal Nature Communications. By 2050, …

The main avenue of northern Bangkok are transformed as rivers.

January 9, 2018

South Korea
Increasing U.S.-ROK-ASEAN Cooperation

This post is co-authored by Sungtae "Jacky" Park, research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.  Since its establishment in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nat…

Increasing U.S.-ROK-ASEAN Cooperation

August 13, 2015

China
Putin’s Russia and Africa

This is a guest post by Eugene Steinberg, an assistant editor at the Council on Foreign Relations. From 1961 to 1992, one of Moscow’s most prestigious schools bore the name of Patrice Lumumba, the S…

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June 14, 2013

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of June 14, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top five stories in Asia this week. There will be no Friday Asia Update next week, June 21st.  1. Leaked NSA information could hurt U.S.-China ties; Snowde…

Protesters supporting Edward Snowden, a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), chant slogans as they march to the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong on June 13, 2013. (Bobby Yip/Courtesy Reuters)

May 15, 2014

Vietnam
Vietnam Protests: More Than Just Anti-China Sentiment

Protests that broke out earlier this week at factories in southern Vietnam have resulted in hundreds of arrests the past two days. Demonstrators torched several factories and smashed up more in indus…

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July 7, 2010

China
Too Quick to Count Obama Out In Asia

Jim Young/Courtesy Reuters "How Obama Lost His Asian Friends" is the clever title of my colleague Josh Kurlantzick’s cover story in this week’s Newsweek. The catchy title and the thrust of the artic…

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) poses with ASEAN Leaders before their ASEAN-US meeting in Singapore November 15, 2009. Pictured (L-R) are: Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Vietnam’s President Nguyen Minh Triet. REUTERS/Jim Young