In his 2003 book, The Paradox of American Power , Joseph Nye described international power politics as a competition played on a three-dimensional chessboard. Military might was on the top tier, economic power in the middle, and transnational relations among nongovernment actors on the bottom.
After months of internal debate within the Obama administration, the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen transited within 12 nautical miles of Subi Reef, one of China’s artificially-built features in the South China Sea, on October 27 in what is termed a “freedom of navigation” (FON) operation.
Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) is in the United States for his first-ever presidential visit. What, briefly, can be said about this opportunity to strengthen relations between the two countries?
There are so many different views of America overseas that any effort to generalize is dangerous, and at least partially misleading. It would be equally dangerous, however, to ignore the growing level of criticism of U.S.
This week, Xi Jinping made his first visit to the United Kingdom as the president of the People's Republic of China. Both governments hope that the visit will inaugurate a “golden era” of trade relations. President Xi’s visit highlights the budding cooperation between the two countries in the area of civilian nuclear energy.
Kim Kyou-hyun is the new Senior Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs and National Security at the Blue House. Previously, Mr. Kim held the position of First Deputy Director of National Security and was also Secretary-General for the National Security Council Secretariat in the Office of National Security at the Blue House (2014 – 2015).
China’s leaders often talk about the need for a “new model of great power relations.” The agreement on cybersecurity between President Xi and Obama is a first step in defining it. The agreement does not mean we are done with cybersecurity. It is the start of a long journey to define both cyberspace and the larger relationship.
During her visit to Washington, DC last week, South Korean President Park Geun-hye stated her support for East Asia’s third largest economy to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). She described the Republic of Korea as “a natural partner” in TPP, in part because it has bilateral free trade agreements (FTA) with all but two TPP parties.
Dr. Lee Hoesung is the new chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, an international body under the UN responsible for the assessment of climate change.