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January 22, 2024

Pakistan’s Lukewarm February Election—Just Another Sign of South and Southeast Asia’s Democratic Failure

Ruling elites in South and Southeast Asia have stacked the electoral deck in their favor, hindering the chances of opposition parties.

A group of protestors stand on an elevated surface holding their hands in the air in front of building.

January 10, 2024

Bangladesh’s Sham Election and the Regression of Democracy in South and Southeast Asia

Bangladesh’s unfree election is part of a larger trend of democratic regression in South and Southeast Asia.

Woman in a light green wrap sits at an ornate wooden desk outside in front of two red and green flags.

February 14, 2024

South Korea
The United States–South Korea Alliance: Why It May Fail and Why It Must Not

Summary The U.S.-South Korea alliance has been the cornerstone of bilateral cooperation and the U.S. security presence in the Indo-Pacific region for over seven decades and continues to serve as a…

Teaching Notes Image for Scott Snyder

February 1, 2024

China and India Compete for Leadership of the Global South

China and India compete for leadership of the Global South, but it remains unclear whether either is winning. 

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) shake hand beforethe group photo session of Dialogue of Emerging Market and Developing Countries, in sideline of 2017 BRICS Summit in Xiamen, Fujian province in China.

January 29, 2024

The Battle for Global South Leadership

Both China and India aspire for the role, but it is not clear if nations that belong to the group see either of them as a benign leader or their champion

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China's President Xi Jinping attend the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 27, 2018.

January 8, 2024

U.S.-South Korea Policy Coordination on Maritime Security

On November 14, 2023, the Council on Foreign Relations’ program on U.S.-Korea Policy held an in-person workshop on U.S.-South Korea policy coordination toward China on maritime security.

Te-An Lien of Taiwan carries the national flag during the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, on February 9, 2018.

December 6, 2023

South Korea
U.S.-South Korea Alliance Must Not Fail, Warns Scott Snyder in New Book

“[T]he U.S.-South Korea alliance faces significant risks and dangers in the event that both countries were to elect nationalist America-First and Korea-first leaders,” Scott A. Snyder contends in his…

December 18, 2023

Latin America
Mercosur: South America’s Fractious Trade Bloc

Three decades after its founding, Latin America’s largest trade bloc continues to deal with internal divisions, including over a stalled trade deal with the European Union. New leadership in Argentina and Brazil could shake things up.

A truck driver waits to unload his cargo of cereal grain at a rail terminal in Brazil.

January 4, 2024

U.S.-South Korea Coordination Toward China: Maritime Security

The fourth workshop for the project on Bolstering U.S.-South Korean Cooperation to Meet the China Challenge examined how the United States and South Korea should strengthen maritime security cooperat…

Te-An Lien of Taiwan carries the national flag during the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, on February 9, 2018.

December 15, 2023

South Korea
The President’s Inbox Recap: The U.S.-South Korea Alliance

Developments at home and abroad are testing U.S.-South Korea relations.

South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol as viewed smiling to the left of U.S. President Joe Biden, who is also smiling.