The demonstrative Nine-in-One Election victory of Ko Wen-je as mayor of Taipei, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) capturing five of the largest municipalities, and its triumph in 10 out of the 16 mayoral and commissioner races are testament to the growing maturity of Taiwan’ democracy.
The Pacific Forum CSIS, in partnership with Chulalongkorn University’s Department of Nuclear Engineering, and with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Nuclear Threat Initiative, held a Nuclear Energy Experts Group (NEEG) meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, on October 29-30, 2014.
Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have their election victory. As forecast, they crushed the opposition in Sunday’s vote and consolidated their hold on the Diet. It was not a pretty sight, however; this was a problematic win, one that bodes ill for Japan if the results are interpreted as a vote for the status quo.
China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea have long vexed neighbors and foes alike.
On December 11, Bloomberg News reported that swaps traders are more certain than ever that Venezuela will default on its debt as falling oil prices add pressure to already-strained government finances and drive the country’s bond prices to a 16-year low.
Beijing is fast approaching a Dec. 15 deadline to submit its defense in the arbitration case against its South China Sea claims brought by the Philippines. That case, brought under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea’s (UNCLOS) compulsory dispute mechanism, is summarized here .
The catalyst for a review of the US-Japan Defense Cooperation Guidelines came largely as a result of increasing tensions between Japan and neighboring countries, including a serious intensification of the dispute between Japan and China over islands in the East China Sea.
The US extended deterrent in Northeast Asia is strong. US alliances with Japan and South Korea are each arguably in the best shape in years, with alliance modernization efforts proceeding in tandem with domestic adjustments to security policy that strengthen the foundation for cooperative action.
The Russian decision to curtail nuclear cooperation with the United States  and to withdraw from the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) 
Remember when the US used to call on China to step up and be a “responsible stakeholder”? Well, be careful what you wish for!