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Mar 2017

South Korea
Expanding South Korea’s Security Role in the Asia-Pacific Region

South Korea has much to lose if it does not help Southeast Asia address regional flash points such as disputes in the South China Sea.

May 1, 2017

Southeast Asia
Duterte-30th ASEAN Summit The Thirtieth ASEAN Summit: Winners

Over the weekend, the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations held the Thirtieth ASEAN Summit, in Manila—the Philippines is the chair of ASEAN this year. As has become usual, much of …

Apr 21, 2017

China
Feng-Xiaogang-award Chinese Cinema’s Absent Allure

Larry Hong is an intern in the Asia program at the Council on Foreign Relations and a senior at Columbia University. This is the second post in his three-part series on the relationship between Holly…

Mar 8, 2017

China
Expanding South Korea’s Security Role in the Asia-Pacific Region

This post was coauthored with Sungtae (Jacky) Park, research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. South Korea has become a nation with a global presence, but Seoul has yet to exercise its …

Mar 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…

Mar 3, 2017

China
JY-Lee-court Samsung Scandal, Islamic State and China, Philippine HIV, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Larry Hong, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Samsung heir indicted on corruption charges. Lee Jae-yong, the de facto head of Samsung Group, w…

Feb 28, 2017

Elections and Voting
Costs of South Korea’s Ongoing Political Vacuum

Two months following the passage by the ROK National Assembly of a motion of impeachment against Park Geun-hye, power remains in the hands of Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn, South Korean conservative…

Jan 17, 2013

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee speaks at his election day party in San Francisco, November 2011 (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters). The Renewing America Interview: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Pension Reform

When he took over as San Francisco's interim mayor in January 2011, Ed Lee seemed like just the reluctant warrior the city needed to tackle its fiscal woes. He hadn't run for office since his bid for…

Apr 18, 2017

Venezuela
Demonstrators rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela in Crisis

The sharp decline in oil prices in recent years has crippled Venezuela’s economy and left the Maduro government teetering on the brink.

May 17, 2017

Americas
A Venezuelan opposition supporter carries a sign that reads, "OAS: come and see," in front of a mural depicting late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas in October 2009. The Organization of American States

The Organization of American States is an important forum for regional diplomacy, but it has been hesitant to censure member states for violating democratic principles.