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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.

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.

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

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

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…

Ho Chi Minh

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)

September 18, 2016

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 69th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 69 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

F-16 U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly in formation during a media day ahead of the Los Angeles County Air Show in Lancaster

September 1, 2016

Asia
Obama’s Visit to Laos: Part 2—The Legacy of the War

In my previous blog post, I noted that the bilateral relationship between the United States and Laos remains limited, and will likely remain very limited for years to come. Sure, Laos is the chair of…

obama-laos-part 2

December 2, 2015

Asia
ASEAN’s New Community---Only a Small Step

At an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit last week, Southeast Asian leaders signed an agreement creating an “ASEAN Community.” The Diplomat reports that the “Community,” much discu…

ASEAN-community-signing

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)