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February 1, 2023

South Africa
The Limits of the U.S.-South Africa Relationship

The Biden administration’s attempts to build closer bonds with South Africa may not bear fruit, but it may be worth devoting more attention to nongovernmental actors.

In front of the flags of the United States and the Republic of South Africa, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and South Africa's Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana sit at the head of a table for a bilateral meeting in Pretoria, South Africa.

February 3, 2023

How a New U.S.-South Korea Deal Can Deter the North Korean Nuclear Threat

The United States and South Korea should pursue an expanded nuclear agreement that supports the production of civilian nuclear power and enhances extended deterrence against the North Korean threat. …

January 4, 2023

South Korea
South Korea’s Revitalized “Three-Axis” System

Amid the intensifying North Korean nuclear and missile threat, South Korea urgently needs to revitalize and refine its “Three-Axis” system.

United States and South Korean troops utilizing the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and South Korea's Hyunmoo Missile II, fire missiles into the waters of the East Sea off South Korea on July 5, 2017.

February 2, 2023

China’s Massive Belt and Road Initiative

China’s colossal infrastructure investments may usher in a new era of trade and growth for economies in Asia and beyond. But skeptics worry that China is laying a debt trap for borrowing governments…

Aerial view of a railway that cuts through lush Indonesian jungle.

December 29, 2022

South Korea
What South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Says About the Development of a “Yoon Doctrine”

Whether South Korea’s recently released Indo-Pacific Strategy will be considered the “de facto foreign policy doctrine” of the Yoon Suk-yeol administration will depend on its implementation.

South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol arrive for the G20 Leaders' Summit in Bali, Indonesia on November 15, 2022.

November 15, 2022

South Korea
Strengthening the “Comprehensive Strategic Alliance” Between the United States and South Korea

Sang Hyun Lee, president of the Sejong Institute; Jung-Yeop Woo, senior research fellow at the Sejong Institute; Sue Mi Terry, director of the Wilson Center's Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center fo…

Play Secretary Austin Welcomes Korean Defense Minster Lee Jong-Sup To The Pentagon

December 1, 2022

South Africa
A Fresh Start Eludes South Africa

The South African President tried to focus his country on the future, but the past–including his own–continues to intrude.

Sitting on an orange chair, beside a table with several stacks of paper covered in green film, South Africa's former Chief Justice awaits the handing over of the report on the Phala Phala scandal in Cape Town, South Africa.

June 13, 2022

China and the Belt and Road Initiative in South Asia

To support its allies and partners in South Asia, the United States should assist South Asian countries in assessing Belt and Road Initiative risks and benefits.

November 7, 2022

Political Transitions
Theory From the South?

Much more than material support for the democratic process, Africa—and the developing world—needs the United States to reaffirm its commitment to democratic principles.

Nigeria's then incoming President Muhmmadu Buhari accepts his new role as Nigerian President as others look on.

September 14, 2022

South Africa
A Conversation With Minister Naledi Pandor of South Africa

Minister Naledi Pandor discusses the state of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa, the country’s relationship with the United States, and the future of its role in the region and internationally. 

Play South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor