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January 2, 2018

South Korea
U.S. Alliance Remains South Korea’s Strongest Security Guarantee, Argues Scott Snyder in New Book

January 2, 2018—“South Korea’s only viable strategic option for the foreseeable future is continued cultivation and strengthening of the alliance with the United States,” argues Scott A. Snyder in So…

South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers

March 19, 2019

South Korea
The U.S.-ROK Alliance and Policy Coordination Toward China

The United States and South Korea should establish a regularized mechanism to enhance dialogue, coordination, and cooperation on policies and strategies related to China.

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August 2, 2018

South Korea
Is South Korea Pro-China and Anti-Japan? It’s Complicated.

Sungtae (Jacky) Park is a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations. The history of Korea’s relations with China and Japan going back to ancient times shows that Koreans have always h…

Is South Korea Pro-China and Anti-Japan? It’s Complicated.

November 26, 2019

South Korea
U.S.-South Korea Tensions: What’s at Stake?

Washington’s request that Seoul pay more for their military alliance has heightened tensions between longtime allies and poses risks for regional security.

October 21, 2019

South Korea
South Koreans and Americans Agree on How to Deal With China

South Koreans and Americans strongly support the U.S.-South Korea security alliance as a hedge against China’s rise.

Chinese President Xi Jinping gestures toward South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on December 14, 2017.

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).

February 4, 2019

Japan
Japan-South Korea Tensions Spur the Need for Courage and Creativity

This post is co-authored with Brad Glosserman, deputy director of and visiting professor at the Tama University Center for Rule Making Strategies and senior advisor for Pacific Forum. Scott A. Snyder…

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January 15, 2020

Gambia
President Barrow’s Broken Promise Threatens Gambia’s Post-Jammeh Future

The Gambia has found itself on the brink of a new political crisis, just three years after the dramatic fall of longtime strongman Yahya Jammeh. Protestors filled the streets of the capital Banjul last month, demanding President Adama Barrow’s resignation after three years in office.  Earlier this year, Barrow began to lay the groundwork for extending his tenure in office. In late December, Barrow formed a new political party, the National Peoples Party, which would allow him to contest next year's presidential election. 

Gambia's President Adama Barrow sits in the chair reserved for heads of state before delivering his address during the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 25, 2018.

January 3, 2020

Cameroon
Lessons From the Past on Cameroon’s Crisis

The violent conflict in Cameroon, still rarely discussed in Washington, is becoming increasingly dire. Both President Paul Biya’s Francophone regime in Yaounde and the Anglophone separatists in the southwest region are accused of brutal human rights abuses, including the burning of villages, attacks on schools, and the killing of men, women, and children. Despite mediation attempts by the Swiss government and sanctions by the Trump administration, there are no signs of any progress towards a negotiated settlement. 

A sign saying " Speak English or French for a bilingual Cameroon" outside a now abandoned school in rural southwest Cameroon, on May 22, 2019.

January 13, 2020

Cybersecurity
A New UN Cybercrime Treaty? The Way Forward for Supporters of an Open, Free, and Secure Internet

Last month, a Russian-led resolution on cybercrime that could pose challenges for countries that support a free and open model for the internet passed in the United Nations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during the reception to mark the Day of the Heroes, at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia