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October 11, 2021

Competitiveness
Major Power Rivalry in South Asia

South Asia will be both the venue for and the source of intensifying U.S.-China and China-India rivalries. The United States should prepare to manage these rivalries by collaborating with allies and …

A panoramic view of south central Mumbai, India, shows a vast contrast in living conditions between lower-middle-class dwellings and towers for the elite.

October 22, 2021

Women and Women's Rights
Women This Week: Gender Inequality in South Korean Military

Welcome to “Women Around the World: This Week,” a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week’s post covers October 9 to October 22.

South Korean soldiers salute their country's flag in celebration of Armed Forces Day.

October 14, 2021

North Korea
Can U.S. And South Korean Public Opinion Align On North Korea?

U.S and South Korean polling on North Korea show strong support for denuclearization negotiations and summitry. How will growing consensus in public opinion impact U.S.-South Korea policy coordinatio…

People watch a TV broadcasting file footage of a news report on North Korea firing what appeared to be a pair of ballistic missiles off its east coast, in Seoul, South Korea, September 15, 2021.

September 24, 2021

Sub-Saharan Africa
A Conversation With Minister Naledi Pandor of South Africa

Minister Naledi Pandor discusses the state of democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa, the South African response to COVID-19 along with lessons learned for the future, and the country’s role as a leader in …

Play Minister Naledi Pandor walking with a man in uniform in the background.

October 7, 2021

Thailand
How COVID-19 is Transforming Politics in Southeast Asia

The pandemic era could prompt the biggest political changes in Southeast Asia since the 1990s.

Protestor in Thailand holds up three fingers while chanting.

October 4, 2021

Southeast Asia
Why Has East Timor Built the Strongest Democracy in Southeast Asia?

Despite economic struggles, East Timor has built a vibrant democracy in Southeast Asia.

Supporters of the FRETILIN political party fly red, yellow, and black flags ahead of parliamentary elections in Tasi Tolu, Dili, in East Timor.

October 6, 2021

Southeast Asia
Is COVID-19 Shaking Up Politics in Southeast Asia?

Many Southeast Asian leaders’ pandemic responses have sparked public outrage and damaged their legitimacy. This could prompt the biggest political changes across the region since the 1990s.

Protesters lay on the ground in front of a line of police and raise their hands in a three-finger salute.

May 25, 2021

U.S. Foreign Policy
Transition 2021 Series: South Asia and Geopolitical Competition

Panelists discuss the future of U.S. policy towards India and Pakistan under the Biden administration, including humanitarian aid and the recent COVID-19 spike in India, China’s geopolitical influenc…

Play An Indian security personnel stands guard as a motorist passes by near India Gate, ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 23, 2015.

September 17, 2021

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
Trade Versus Subs: The Risky U.S. Tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific

Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world's largest economies ever-closer toward China?  

U.S Secretary of State Blinken and U.S Defense Secretary Austin, host Australian counterparts at US State Department

May 18, 2021

South Korea
United States and South Korea Should Forge “Vaccine Alliance”

The upcoming South Korea-U.S. summit meeting in Washington, D.C. should serve as an opportunity to forge a symbiotic "vaccine alliance."

An employee works at a syringe factory in Gunsan, South Korea, on April 5, 2021.