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August 25, 2005

Capital Flows
Peter Galbraith and Iraq

I think the folks over at TPM Café are right: David Brooks' latest New York Times column is a real flip-flop.  He has gone from celebrating the United States firm commitment to universal democrat…

December 1, 2009

North Korea
Dispatch From Pyongyang: An Offer You Can’t Refuse!

Every North Korean seems to have been mobilized for an all-out push to mark their country’s arrival as a “strong and powerful nation” in 2012, which marks the hundredth anniversary of Kim Il-sung’s b…

Ruryong Hotel in Pyongyang

January 22, 2010

China-DPRK Relations: A Return to a Strategic Relationship?

Following North Korea’s second nuclear test in May of 2009, Chinese analysts did not hide their frustration with Pyongyang. China signed on to a robust UN Security Council resolution condemning the t…

March 22, 2010

Where’s the Tipping Point in U.S.-China Relations?

Photo Courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Lee Some of my old State Department colleagues tell me that the current downturn in U.S.-China relations is nothing new.  It’s just countercyclical, they say.  “Remem…

Where’s the Tipping Point in U.S.-China Relations?

May 3, 2010

Regional Organizations
Just How "Central" is ASEAN, Anyway?

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Francis R. Malasig/Pool The Australian National University’s East Asia Forum has reprinted a fascinating speech by the talented Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of the Ass…

Just How "Central" is ASEAN, Anyway?

June 1, 2010

South Korea
The Media and Asymmetry of Attention in the U.S.-ROK Alliance

Shin Gi-wook is Director of The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC); Director of the Korean Studies Program; and the Tong Yang, Korea Foundation, and Korea Stanford Alumni Chai…

2008 Beef Protest

June 25, 2010

Asia Alone

Asia Alone by Simon Tay This is the title of a thought-provoking new book by Singaporean writer and political analyst Simon Tay. I had read a draft of the book several months back and been so impres…

Asia Alone by Simon Tay

August 1, 2010

South Korea
2+2 and the U.S.-ROK Joint Vision Statement

The United States and South Korea held a historic bilateral meeting of ministers of foreign affairs and defense (or “2+2”) for the first time on July 21, 2010, coinciding with the sixtieth anniversar…

2+2 Meeting

September 17, 2010

Coming this Weekend: A Sino-Japanese Hacking War?

This Saturday is the seventy-ninth anniversary of the Mukden, or Manchurian, Incident, and, depending on who you believe, Chinese hackers are gearing up to launch massive attacks on the computer ne…

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September 13, 2010

Chinese Fishing Boat Sets Off Sino-Japanese Conflict

At midnight on Sunday morning, Japan’s new ambassador to Beijing, Uichiro Niwa, was unceremoniously summoned to meet a leading Chinese Communist Party official, State Councillor Dai Bingguo. Counci…

Chinese Fishing Boat Sets Off Sino-Japanese Conflict