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In Depth: Asia Pacific

19 Sep 2016

America Rising: Indispensable Again in Asia

China’s aggressive militarism, slowing economy, and indecisive leadership has renewed America’s status as a welcome and indispensable force for prosperity and security in Asia.

Balancing Act: The China-India-U.S. Triangle

The colliding and intersecting security and economic interests of Asia’s powers makes for a delicate dance of cooperation, coalition, and competition between China, India, and the United States.
2 Jul 2015

Tokyo Ascending: Abe’s New Defense Strategy

Under Shinzo Abe’s careful leadership, Japan is demonstrating that the US-led deterrence system installed after World War II can respond effectively to Beijing’s mounting aggression.
22 Nov 2016

Democracy and Democracies in Crisis

The Western powers are weakening and the authoritarians are ascendent. The question is whether the West can summon the will and the unity to rise to the challenge.
31 Oct 2014

The Stubborn South: Why Seoul Needs to Mend Ties with Japan

While Tokyo bulks up against Chinese aggression, South Korea insists on prolonging historical grievances with the Japanese. It’s time for Seoul to put strategic interests first.
29 Dec 2015

Democracy's Retreats and Tentative Advances in 2015

2015 saw important, yet fragile, democratic gains around the world. But, as the West is now preoccupied with domestic challenges, the future of democratic reform will be determined by those on the frontlines.
5 Oct 2015

Sea Power: The Rise of the Aircraft Carrier in the Asia-Pacific

With China’s maritime aggression provoking a regional arms buildup, countries from India to Japan and South Korea to Australia are rushing to buy and build aircraft carriers.
31 Oct 2012

A Tilt Toward China? Australia Reconsiders Its American Ties

Since its publication in August, Hugh White’s “The China Choice” has churned up a controversial debate in Australia about the rise of Chinese power in the region and the wisdom of continued US ties.
30 Jun 2016

Unholy Alliance: Kleptocratic Authoritarians and their Western Enablers

The kleptocratic authoritarians who steal from their citizens, thwart freedom, and endanger world order mustn't be welcomed by Western banks.
29 Apr 2015

Japan PM Abe’s Visit to Washington—and California

Prime Minister Abe capped off his Washington visit with a historic address to Congress today, but his four-day visit to the West Coast could be equally critical to his agenda to rebrand Japan.
1 Sep 2011

Last Man Standing: Is America Fading in the New Middle East?

As US alliances and resolve in the region grow weaker, what role will America play in the new Middle East?

31 Oct 2012

Editor’s Introduction

in the region. There are major defense, economic, and energy interests at stake ...

27 Aug 2014

Collective Defense: Abe’s New Security Plan

In the face of Chinese territorial aggression and doubts about Washington’s security commitments, Prime Minister Abe of Japan is moving ahead with a controversial new defense policy.
5 Oct 2015

A Path to the Sea: China’s Pakistan Plan

Dwarfing recent US aid and foreign investment, the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor could be a game-changer for the region, and even make Beijing a two-ocean power.
1 Oct 2014

South Korea's Domestic Politics Undermine Strategic Interests

South Korea's politicians score political points when attacking Japan for mistreating Koreans 70 years ago, but they do so at the expense of their current security interests and standing in the region.
18 Nov 2015

Dissidents, Scholars, Human Rights Activists Call for Obama to Urge Rights Reform During Hanoi Visit

On the eve of Obama's trip to Hanoi, leading intellectuals, dissidents, and human rights activists request Obama use the Asia summits to call for the government of Vietnam to respect human rights.
31 Dec 2014

Democracy: Four Reasons to Be Optimistic in 2015

2014 was a bleak year for the development of democracy around the world, but history has shown we are often blind to the democratic possibilities unfolding amidst the turmoil.
2 Feb 2016

Crouching Tiger: China Acts, America Dithers

From its island landgrabs and “closed sea” doctrine to its asymmetric strategy and calculated naval buildup, China is moving ahead with plans to neutralize US sea power in Asian waters.
27 Aug 2014

The Russia-China Gas Deal: Implications and Ramifications

Russia and China agreed to a thirty-year, $400 billion energy deal in May. The specifics remain murky, but it’s clear the neighboring powers have sealed a major, long-term partnership.
26 Jun 2014

China Deploys 'Civilian' Fishing Fleet to Attack Neighbors

China consolidated its huge civilian fishing fleet and now uses it routinely to harass and attack its neighbors to press ambitious territorial claims --while its navy stands ready nearby.
31 Oct 2014

A Break with Beijing?: Hanoi Considers Its Options

Hanoi’s days of deference to China may be ending—and a new strategic alignment emerging—in the wake of increased tensions between over Beijing’s aggressive maritime claims.
30 Apr 2015

Shrinking China: A Demographic Crisis

The question of who will rule Asia in the 21st century, China or India, might already be decided: China’s population may peak by the end of the decade, with economic decline almost sure to follow.
31 Oct 2012

Superpower Symbiosis: The Russia-China Axis

China and Russia appear to have a cooperative relationship, but with competing energy and territorial interests in the mix, not to mention domestic instabilities, the future might not be so rosy.
29 Dec 2013

Conflicting Claims: China, Japan, Taiwan on Edge

China’s aggressive territorial claims in the South China Sea are similar to those made in the East China Sea—and have entangled China, Japan, and Taiwan in an intractable and tense standoff.
4 Jun 2015

Chinese Dreams: The Fight for Democratic Pluralism

Pro-democracy activists of all stripes must continue to build common cause in the face of Communist repression and instability—and Western powers should help.
26 Feb 2014

Abe’s Gambit: Japan Reorients Its Defense Posture

As China pairs its growing naval power with hostile rhetoric and fleet maneuvers, Japan’s Abe government is poised to respond by rebuilding and expanding the country’s modest defense forces.
27 Jun 2012

China and India Today: Diplomats Jostle, Militaries Prepare

The delicate and increasingly tense China-India rivalry is reflected in the countries’ military preparations, alliances, and diplomatic maneuvering with neighbors and world powers alike.
1 Mar 2011

Nervous Neighbors: China Finds a Sphere of Influence

ASEAN encourages the sovereignty of its members. That’s probably why China can exploit it so easily. It’s also probably why its members want to hedge Beijing with closer US ties — ties Washington is all to happy to grant.
31 Oct 2012

Hedging Bets: Washington’s Pivot to India

The US-India partnership has expanded beyond “friendship” and trade to become “defining,” as China’s economic and military leverage looms larger in the region.
5 Mar 2015

The Kim Regime's Atrocities, and the Road Ahead

A powerful UN report gives an authentic accounting of North Korea's systematic abuse of its citizens—and a realistic roadmap on how to stop it.
1 Mar 2011

Letter from the Editor: March/April 2011

Hu Jintao’s visit to Washington may have seemed bland, but it nonetheless felt like a watershed. As the US angles for a new tack with China, Richard Weitz tells how China’s neighbors have adjusted for Beijing’s mischief and Rafael Marques de Morais details China’s new imperialism in Angola. Plus, arms strategy veteran Richard Perle makes the argument against “Global Zero,” Victor Davis Hanson, James Traub, and others envision AfPak in 2020, Nile Gardiner assesses the special relationship, and more.
31 Oct 2014

Dispatch from Vietnam: Will the US Foster a Natural Ally?

Nearly forty years after the war, most Vietnamese welcome friendly ties with America. With tensions mounting between Hanoi and Beijing, Vietnam is Washington’s to lose.
30 Dec 2012

Strange Bedfellows: China’s Middle Eastern Inroads

Who landed the billion-dollar bid for Algeria’s Grand Mosque project? An Algerian firm? A regional firm? No, a state-owned Chinese company. The deal is just one of China’s controversial Mideast ties.
29 Apr 2013

Kim Renews Nuclear Attack Bluster

North Korea needs international life support aid again. So, once again, North Korea waves sabers and calls for death.
20 Feb 2013

Winds of Change in the South China Sea

As Brunei takes over ASEAN's rotating chairmanship from China-friendly Cambodia, the prospects for a resolution of China's overreaching territorial pursuits could get interesting.
26 Feb 2014

China and Russia: An Axis of Weak States

Economic weakness has driven Vladimir Putin’s Russia into a “strategic entente” with the Chinese, who in turn get a powerful global ally. The alliance could prove formidable for the West.
28 Feb 2012

Reinventing Canada: Stephen Harper’s Conservative Revolution

A robust, proactive foreign policy accompanied by fealty to a monarch and support for Israel at the UN might not sound very Canadian—but it is now.
27 Feb 2013

Mapping North Korea’s Brutal Labor Camps

As North Korea’s systemic human rights abuses get a hearing at the UN, Curtis Melvin explains how he has used the latest satellite images of the country to report the expansion of the regime’s gruesome gulags.
28 Jun 2013

US Missile Defense: Closing the Gap

With threats growing in North Korea, Iran, and elsewhere, the US must improve existing missile-defense capabilities in the near term with an eye to developing new technologies as well.
30 Aug 2012

Tibet’s Transition: Will Washington Take a Stand?

Beijing sees the Dalai Lama succession as a way to seize more control in Tibet. Will the US help the country’s democracy in exile or remain focused on other concerns?
27 Aug 2014

As the World Turns: Will the West Prevail?

After the Cold War, some thought peace and new technology would turn the world into a global village. In reality, it’s full of failed states and emerging powers hostile to the West.
29 Apr 2013

Historical Fiction: China’s South China Sea Claims

History, if anything, undermines China’s claims to islands and reefs in the South China Sea—for the simple reason that past empires and kingdoms never exercised sovereignty.
26 Apr 2012

Israel and Iran: The Grounds for an Israeli Attack

Given Washington’s current reluctance to use military action against Iran’s nuclear program, Western leaders should at least grant that Israeli action is justifiable.
29 Dec 2013

Troubled Waters: China and Japan Face Off at Sea

China, a traditional land power, has now successfully challenged Japan’s historical preeminence at sea, in waters where the control of the trade routes will profoundly affect global economic security.
30 Aug 2013

Blue Gold: The Coming Water Wars

Forget global warming and peak oil—the looming wars of this century will be fought over water, that indispensable resource that democracies typically share but strongmen use as a weapon.
28 Feb 2012

Adrift Down Under: The Labor Party Abandons Economic Reform

After a generation of economic reform, growth, and expansion, Australia’s current Labor-Green-Independent ruling coalition, and the Labor government that preceded it, may give new meaning to the expression “Down Under.”
26 Feb 2014

Innovation in Taiwan: Will It Work?

Taiwan’s president says innovation will remedy his country’s stagnant economy. But a culture of conformity and manufacturing dependent on others’ designs could stand in the way.
3 Jan 2012

The Dash for Gas: The Golden Age of an Energy Game-Changer

The natural gas market has blossomed in recent years, offering some countries the potential for greater energy independence and setting up a new set of global winners and losers.
30 Aug 2012

The Ultimate Protest: Women Self-Immolate in Tibet

As protests in Tibet intensify, a new trend has emerged—nuns and everyday women are now among the forty people who have self-immolated since last March.
1 May 2011

The Long Goodbye: The Future North Korea

North Korea remains painfully backward as its neighbors experience booming economies. But the Kim family dynasty’s grip on the country is loosening. That's why China and others in East Asia are planning for a North Korean future that involves painful and possibly chaotic change—and why the US needs to as well.

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