At a time when U.S. relations with most countries in Southeast Asia are warming, the United States’ ties with its oldest partner in the region are a critical outlier. Thailand-U.S. relations have been in a deep freeze for the past 13 months since Gen.
The emergence of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) is a salutary moment of truth for international development finance. It marks a clear departure from the status quo.
South Korean president Park Geun-hye postponed her scheduled trip to the United States on June 10 to supervise containment of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The spread of MERS in South Korea started with a 68-year-old man who was diagnosed with the virus on May 20 after his business trip to the Middle East.
The argument that Washington should abandon support for Taiwan to gain favor with Beijing faces strong counter-arguments that have prevailed in policy-making up to now. George Washington University professor Charles L. Glaser presents a fresh reboot of the idea in the spring 2015 issue of the journal International Security.
The Korea Chair team takes a biweekly look back at events of interest in Washington, Seoul, and the region from June 4 - June 18, 2015.
The problem with the current deadlock in Japan-South Korea relations is that both sides don’t feel too uncomfortable about it because they prioritize their relationship with the United States and China, the two heavyweight stakeholders in the region.
Q1: What has China announced about its land reclamation activities in the Spratly Islands?
To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the report by UN Commission of Inquiry on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, CSIS held an unprecedented gathering of policymakers, opinion leaders, and stakeholders on the topic of North Korean human rights. The gathering aimed to carry forward the momentum created by the commission report and subsequent UN actions.
The beginning of the monsoon rains in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea, coupled with the international spotlight on human traffickers in the region, appears to have slowed the flight of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar in recent weeks.
The recent 2015 Shangri-La Dialogue focused on China, the United States, and maritime security. But those expecting fireworks in the wake of China’s new Defense White Paper and recent sharply worded speeches by US defense officials were left disappointed.