Increased investment and trade have contributed to rapidly growing economies in Southeast Asia. To take advantage, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam have worked to facilitate economic modernization by integrating under the banner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations  (ASEAN).
The Department of Defense recently released its Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy. Because of rapid security changes in the maritime realm, the document is a welcome declaration, providing much greater clarity on Washington’s strategy in the region.
The Mekong River is often referred to as the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. It is where economics and environment come together in a region that is increasingly central to Asia’s security and prosperity.
In PacNet #52, Kelly Wadsworth suggests that India should be rewarded for its good non-proliferation behavior by receiving full membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). This argument is problematic on several accounts. NSG members would be ill-advised to grant membership to India as a reward without looking at the broader issues that affect the non-proliferation regime.
After more than 43 hours of high-level talks that began at 6:00 PM (KST) on Saturday, August 22, North and South Korea finally reached an agreement just before 1:00 AM (KST) on Tuesday, August 25 at Panmunjom to de-escalate recent tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
On August 20, North and South Korea exchanged live fire over the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the western part of the border. North Koreans fired a projectile at a South Korean front-line military unit in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province (located at the southern part of the Military Demarcation Line). The North Koreans later used a 76.2-mm direct fire weapon a few times within the DMZ.
Any political party in Taiwan hoping to manage cross-strait relations must handle two relationships: one with Taiwan’s public and the other with the Mainland Chinese leadership. While the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)’s cross-strait policy attends to the two, it is unevenly focused.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s speech to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was destined to be a Rorschach test for listeners. There was almost no chance that the prime minister would assuage all his critics; at best, he would win over some fence sitters. He seems to have done just that.