President Obama’s commencement address at West Point on May 28 appears to have been intended to send Americans and the international community a number of important messages. One of them was NOT that the US commitment to the Asia “pivot” or “rebalance” was waning.
With the BJP's massive electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections, there has been a great deal of head
Air pollution in China has turned into a major social problem and its mitigation has become a crucial political challenge for the country’s political leadership.
U.S. secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker will travel to Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar with American chief executive officers in early June. Her visit is important because for Asia the heart of sustained engagement and indeed the very concept of security is economics.
U.S. commerce secretary Penny Pritzker will travel to Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar with American chief executive officers in early June. Her visit is important because for Asia the heart of sustained engagement and indeed the very concept of security is economics. Asia is seeking more comprehensive involvement from the United States, so the visit will be a welcome signal that the U.S.
The Thai military’s declaration of martial law on May 20, 2014 and the seizure of power is universally seen and in many quarters condemned as anti-democratic. An alternative viewpoint would see the coup as an opportunity to break Thailand’s political impasse and to develop a constitutional framework that is more legitimate and democratic.
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
Nuclear Security: The Road to 2016
By Sharon Squassoni
Responding to Chinese Assertiveness
By Zack Cooper
This “Considering Peace” series, which has its roots in the WSD-Handa Global Opinion Leaders Summit held in Tokyo on September 6th, is part of an on-going partnership between the Pacific Forum CSIS Young Leaders Program and the International Relations and Security Network (ISN).
The May 2014 issue of Comparative Connections is available at
The US raised its profile in Southeast Asia with a series of high-profile visits and events in early 2014. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Indonesia, delivering a speech on climate change, and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosted a US-ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting in Hawaii.