South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications
Politics,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 May 2017

South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications

On May 9, 2017, South Koreans overwhelmingly selected Moon Jae-in as their next leader. What are the implications for the Korean Peninsula crisis and the region? Of greater concern to voters were their perceptions of the need to regulate the private sector conglomerates.  
Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 08 May 2017

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia

Where Trump Goes Next on Trade
Economy

By Mark E. Rosen - 19 Apr 2017

Where Trump Goes Next on Trade

After the Xi-Trump Summit, Focus is on Trade and North Korea
Economy,Security

After the Xi-Trump Summit, Focus is on Trade and North Korea

In order for US-China relations to move towards more cooperation, reducing US trade deficit and increasing Chinese investments in the US to create more jobs, and the multilateral dismantlement of the North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, are the likely positive starting points.  
By Wei Luo - 14 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?

US President Donald Trump has been advocating striking North Korea’s nuclear facilities since taking office in January. However, he will be restrained from delivering such an order for both empirical and strategic reasons. And China knows too well that it won’t happen.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Xi-Trump Summit: Failure or Success?
Politics,Security

The Xi-Trump Summit: Failure or Success?

President Xi’s objectives were to have a good first get-together with President Trump and dampen speculation that they would not get along or that there were explosive issues that divided them and the two countries.
The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”
Politics,Security

The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”

Trump’s “America First” rhetoric described his prioritizing of US interests above those of other countries. The new sense of “America First” that was underscored by Trump’s missile strikes returns to the older understanding of the US as first among equals amid the nations of the world.  
The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit
Politics,Security

The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit

North Korea is high on the agenda of the Xi-Trump meeting. The US is urging China to exercise its traditional friendship and influence on North Korea to persuade the regime to tone down its missile development and reverse its intention to own weapons of mass destruction.
By Tai Wei Lim - 07 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy
Politics,South Asia

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s position has been consolidated with the BJP’s convincing triumphs in two North Indian states, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The question on many people’s minds is whether he will utilize his political capital for reorienting ties with countries in the neighborhood.
Trump’s Worldview: Some Preliminary Observations
Politics

Trump’s Worldview: Some Preliminary Observations

One might argue that US President Donald Trump lacks a worldview. In fact, as he was campaigning to become president, he developed a worldview. There were two choices for him: Preserve the liberal democratic globalism model, or shift to the realist, sovereign nation-state mode of maintaining world order.
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