- NewsletterOct 22, 2014
All overseas trips by U.S. presidents have significance, but next month’s tour of the Asia-Pacific region by President Barack Obama is more important than most. Coming just days after his final national elections, Obama’s visits to China, Myanmar, and Australia could do more than any other trip he has taken as president to shape his foreign policy legacy.
- NewsletterOct 21, 2014
Amidst the Middle East headlines of recent months is a quiet but steady drumbeat of trouble out of Yemen. The country, by many accounts the poorest in the Arab world, attracts little attention next to struggles in Syria, Iraq, Libya and beyond. These other conflicts provide more compelling pictures and more gripping stories, and Yemen appears to many to be dusty and remote.
- NewsletterOct 20, 2014
The Asia-Pacific region is witnessing the increasing convergence of economic and security interests of the United States, Japan and India, and their burgeoning trilateral cooperation. Washington has leveraged its strong ties with Tokyo of nearly 70 years to deepen economic ties and to remain a net provider of security across Asia.
- NewsletterOct 17, 2014
The Korea Chair team takes a biweekly look back at events of interest in Washington, Seoul, and the region from October 2 - Octber 15, 2014.
GLOBAL RELATIONS | President Park Heads to ASEM
- NewsletterOct 16, 2014
On September 30, Myanmar’s parliament approved the government’s proposal to accede to the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
- NewsletterOct 16, 2014
Shortly after the November 4 congressional elections, President Barack Obama will head to Asia for a series of important summits at which he will have an opportunity to address some critical challenges facing the United States and the region. First will be the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting at Yanqi Lake outside Beijing on November 10–11.
- NewsletterOct 15, 2014
Among the ways Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke from precedent during his U.S. visit was in engaging the business community directly. This is a very welcome development and signals an evolving role for the U.S. government on business issues.
- NewsletterBy Jesse EllmanOct 14, 2014
Defense contract obligations have declined by over 25 percent from their peak in FY2009, and budget caps are in place through FY2021. The Department of Defense (DoD) is focused therefore on achieving greater value and efficiency, in part by increasing competition in defense contracting.
- NewsletterBy Taisuke HiroseOct 14, 2014
In December 2013, the cabinet of Japan adopted a new National Security Strategy (NSS) aimed at protecting the national interest, strengthening deterrence, and improving the Asia-Pacific and global security environment under the concept “Proactive Contribution to Peace.” Two important elements of the NSS are strengthening Japan’s defense capabilities and the U.S.-Japan Al
- NewsletterBy Murray Hiebert, James HurndellOct 9, 2014
It isn’t often that speakers at the United Nations get standing ovations, but that is what Marshall Islands poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, 26, received at the September 23 UN Climate Summit in New York after reading a haunting poem addressed to her seven-month-old