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November 16, 2011

Asia
Strengthening the U.S. Role in Asia

President Obama’s nine-day tour of Asia is focused on economic and security partnerships in the region that CFR’s Evan Feigenbaum says represents efforts to strengthen longstanding U.S. ties to a reg…

September 14, 2016

South Sudan
Understanding the Roots of Conflict in South Sudan

South Sudan’s civil war is the result of a weakly institutionalized state and may require the African Union’s intervention to find peace and stability, says expert Alex de Waal.

November 11, 2011

Asia
Strengthening Economic Ties with Asia

A multilateral free trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, dominated President Obama’s agenda at the APEC summit in Hawaii. This is part of a U.S. effort to increase economic cooperation with Asi…

July 12, 2016

Philippines
Preserving a Rules-Based Order in the South China Sea

A UN tribunal’s ruling upholds the need for a rules-based order that counters China’s efforts to turn the South China Sea region into a sphere of influence, says expert Andrew Erickson.

October 28, 2015

China
A U.S. Naval Signal in the South China Sea

A U.S. destroyer’s recent operation demonstrates how the United States is protecting its interests in the South China Sea, says Capt. Sean Liedman, CFR’s Navy fellow.

June 17, 2009

South Korea
Strengthening South Korean Ties

Washington has reassured Seoul of continued U.S. support for South Korean security, but CFR’s Scott Snyder says some aspects of South Korean policy toward North Korea and the United States could beco…

November 19, 2009

Asia
Mixed Messages from Asia

CFR’s Elizabeth Economy says President Obama’s first trip to Asia raised his credibility as a partner in the region and exposed insecurities among China’s leadership.

January 29, 2010

Diplomacy and International Institutions
Security in Northeast Asia

CFR Senior Fellow Sheila Smith says the Six Party Talks have built cooperation among Northeast Asian countries, which need to work together, particulary on North Korea, but also on growing tension be…

August 14, 2013

North Korea
Are North and South Korea Back in Business?

North and South Korea seem likely to reopen the Kaesong industrial complex, despite the economic risks Seoul assumes in dealing with Pyongyang, says expert Marcus Noland.

July 12, 2012

Elections and Voting
A South African Take on the U.S. Race

Between enthusiasm for President Obama’s pro-democracy message and appreciation for the Democratic Party’s support for the anti-apartheid movement, South Africans strongly favor Obama’s reelection, s…