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January 6, 2020

North Korea
Flexibility On Denuclearization Necessary for North Korea’s Economic Development

Although Kim Jong-un’s latest words on New Year’s Eve are a cause for concern, they seem to be aimed at gaining negotiating leverage rather than indicative of a real change in North Korea’s trajector…

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during the Third Enlarged Meeting of the Seventh Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea in this undated photo released on December 22, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

January 7, 2020

China
What Motivates Chinese Peacekeeping?

China’s unusual status as a top contributor of both funds and troops to the UN's peacekeeping program has stirred suspicion that Beijing uses the peacekeeping program to protect its economic assets a…

Chinese peacekeepers participate in an oath-taking rally before leaving to join the United Nation peacekeeping operations in Lebanon, in Yuxi, Yunnan province, China May 10, 2019. (Wong Campion/Reuters)

August 27, 2019

North Korea
Challenges Pile Up on U.S.-South Korea Alliance Agenda

Summer 2019 has been a watershed moment for trends that threaten to compromise South Korea’s position in Northeast Asia.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un guides the test firing of a new weapon in this undated photo released on August 11, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

July 8, 2019

China
The Chinese Obstacle to a Nuclear Deal With North Korea

If North Korean nuclear proliferation was intended by China to reduce the U.S. presence in the Pacific, that strategy has backfired.

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April 24, 2019

North Korea
No Easy Solutions: Northeast Asia's Muddled Security Landscape

Strategic clarity and a long-term vision are sorely needed to provide direction in the messier, muddled reality that has arrived in Northeast Asia.

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October 21, 2019

Southeast Asia
Malaysia’s Voting Age Amendment: A Double-Edged Sword for Political Leaders

Brian Braun is resident program officer in Malaysia for the International Republican Institute. Follow him at @BR_Braun. Malaysia made history on July 16 when, in the country’s first unanimous par…

Opposition supporters turn on flashlights on their phones after former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was elected as a parliamentary constituency candidate during a rally ahead of the 14th general election in Malaysia on April 15, 2018.

April 29, 2019

Southeast Asia
Last Days of the Mighty Mekong: A Review

By Nicholas Borroz The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong, by Brian Eyler, director of the Southeast Asia program at the Stimson Center, takes the reader on a journey from glaciers in China to rice fi…

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October 18, 2019

China
China’s EIA Rollback

A decision to remove environmental impact assessment requirements for some Shanghai construction projects embodies a trend of sliding environmental standards as China's economy slows. It also draws q…

Men walk by a construction site, separated by a wall installed with water misting system for dust control, in Shanghai, China April 8, 2019.

April 30, 2019

South Korea
Improving Japan-ROK-U.S. Military Cooperation on North Korea: A Tough Road Ahead

The United States must engage with Japan and South Korea to bridge differences, pursue common interests, and manage issues likely to persist in the Japan-ROK relationship.

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March 26, 2019

South Korea
South Korea is a Hesitant, but Friendly, U.S. Ally in the Indo-Pacific

Washington should not doubt that Seoul will be a strong partner for the Indo-Pacific strategy. 

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