Asia stands out as the world’s most vibrant region, where rivalries and confrontation coincide with increased economic cooperation and community building. How should we interpret these two dynamics, and what are the implications for U.S. policy?
Alphonse F. La Porta (firstname.lastname@example.org ) is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer who served as Ambassador to Mongolia and is experienced in Southeast Asian affairs. He currently is president of the Malaysia-America Foundation.
Thailand is in the midst of a period of political upheaval that started with massive antigovernment protests in November 2013 and took a menacing turn with a military coup in May 2014. But this is just the latest incident in a cycle of instability that has gripped the nation for a decade or more—a cycle that the military coup will not resolve.
Prime Minister Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama of Fiji opened the second annual Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) in the capital of Suva on June 19 with a call for participants to find solutions “by Pacific islanders for Pacific Islanders, forged in conjunction with our development partners but with genuine consultation.” The message was clear—the PIDF is an alte
Xi Jinping’s reciprocal visit to South Korea following President Park Guen-hye’s State Visit to China in June 2013 amounts to the fifth meeting between the two leaders since their respective inaugurations in 2013. A delegation accompanied President Xi to Seoul, including Xi’s wife, seven high-ranking government officials and 200 Chinese business leaders.
We are pleased to present this fifth issue of the newsletter for the CSIS-IYF Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative .
With the reelection of President Juan Manuel Santos, it is likely that Colombia’s peace talks will conclude in the next calendar year. After nearly 50 years of armed conflict, Santos may finally reach an agreement with the leftist insurgent group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
The Eastern Mediterranean: Strategic Geography Again
By Sam Brannen
Time for a New G7?
By Dave Miller
China’s reemergence as a great power over the next few decades represents the primary strategic challenge for the U.S.-Japan security alliance and for the East Asian security landscape writ large.
If you knew nothing about Donetsk, Luhansk, or Slovyansk before this spring, you likely now associate them with mayhem and lawlessness.