Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities
Politics,Security,East Asia
By Abdul Basit - 12 Apr 2017

Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities

Taking advantage of the geopolitical opening created by fleeting US foreign policy and the drawdown of Western forces from Afghanistan in 2014, Moscow is trying to outflank Washington in Afghanistan.
Time to Downplay North Korea’s Nuclear Program
Security,East Asia

By Peter Murphy - 08 Apr 2017

Time to Downplay North Korea’s Nuclear Program

The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics
Society,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Apr 2017

The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics

Negotiated Compromise with North Korea is Better than Status Quo
Security,East Asia

Negotiated Compromise with North Korea is Better than Status Quo

If negotiations resulted in a “freeze” in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and a lowering of the risk of war, South Korea and Japan would probably be better off than living under constant threat. To obtain this concession from North Korea, the US would have to make genuine compromises.  
South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies
Security,East Asia

South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies

On March 3, 2016, South Korea passed the Act on Anti-Terrorism for the Protection of Citizens and Public Security. The Act had been stalled for 14 years, as it envisaged the expansion of the National Intelligence Service’s powers to survey and arrest terrorist suspects and also dissenters of governmental policy more broadly.
Cracks in China-North Korea Friendship as Nuclear Tension Rises
Security,East Asia

Cracks in China-North Korea Friendship as Nuclear Tension Rises

North Korea has increasingly refused to consider China’s regional security interests but utilizes such friendship-in-name to extort political and economic gains from Beijing. As long as the North Korean regime is armed with weapons of mass destruction, it is also a threat to China.
By Wei Luo - 27 Mar 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
How to Solve Northeast Asia’s Security Dilemma
Security,East Asia

How to Solve Northeast Asia’s Security Dilemma

The preference for relative gain in security cooperation, the deep-rooted animosity, and the damping effect of multilateral security cooperation mechanisms, have all contributed to the security dilemma in Northeast Asia.
By Nian Peng - 24 Mar 2017 | 1 comments Read more...
Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together

The flashpoint erupted on February 27, 1947 in Taipei, when a dispute developed between an unlicensed cigarette vendor and a Tobacco and Alcohol Monopoly Bureau officer. Violence flared the following morning on February 28 and resulted in a suppression by the government.  
Trump’s Decision to Honor the One-China Policy: How Best to Explain It?
Politics,China,East Asia

Trump’s Decision to Honor the One-China Policy: How Best to Explain It?

It may be that Trump’s tête-à-tête with Xi was more important than simply the two leaders resolving the one-China issue. It included the two leaders inviting each other to visit their country. It seemed to represent détente following more than a month of hostile exchanges.
Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing
Politics,Society,East Asia

Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing

Why did Shinzo Abe not follow the footsteps of then-German Chancellor Willy Brandt who unexpectedly fell to his knees towards the victims of the April 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and remained there for more than a minute?
Japan is Puzzled by President Trump
Economy,East Asia

Japan is Puzzled by President Trump

At a meeting with CEOs of major American corporations, US President Donald Trump complained that it was unfair that American cars could not enter the Japanese market while over a million Japanese cars are shipped to the US every year. Both Japanese government officials and automakers were puzzled by his criticism.  
By Yuqing Xing - 23 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Harmonious Dimension of the One-China Principle
Politics,China,East Asia

The Harmonious Dimension of the One-China Principle

Facing the dilemma of having to handle “two Chinas,” “One China, One Taiwan” or “Taiwan independence,” Beijing’s One-China principle appeared a few months before the signing of a mutual defense treaty between Washington and Taipei in December 1954.  
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