- NewsletterBy Ralph A. Cossa, Virginia MarantidouSep 30, 2014
One of the main criticisms against Washington’s attempt to sanction and otherwise punish Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggressive actions in Ukraine is that this is driving Russia and China closer together in an anti-American axis.
- NewsletterBy Andy LimSep 29, 2014
Sydney A. Seiler is the United States Department of State’s new special envoy for the Six-Party Talks. In his first trip in his new capacity, Mr. Seiler is currently traveling to Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo from September 28 to October 3 with Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies and the new director for Korea at the National Security Council Allison Hooker for meetings with their counterparts.
- NewsletterBy Yoshihiro SakaiSep 22, 2014
Abenomics: Still Fragile
Abenomics, the three-point economic revival strategy of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was introduced when he started his second term in November 2012. The strategy is based on the so-called three arrows consisting of the Bank of Japan (the Bank) making a massive purchase of Japanese government bonds (JGBs), agile government spending, and structural reform.
- NewsletterSep 22, 2014
The Japanese economy has been under-performing since the 1990s, and—with a shrinking population and the highest debt-to-GDP ratio in the world—it is at risk of doing even more poorly over the next couple of decades. The only way Japan is going to be able to improve its long-term growth trajectory is by getting more people into the workforce and increasing worker productivity.
- NewsletterBy Youngchan Justin ChoiSep 22, 2014
Everywhere I have been the BBC has been with me’, declared Aung San Suu Kyi on her 2012 visit to the UK. Speaking about her own and others’ experiences when deprived of other sources of information and communication, she insisted warmly on the lifeline the World Service radio provided, ‘because it kept me in touch with the rest of the world...
- NewsletterSep 19, 2014
The Korea Chair team takes a biweekly look back at events of interest in Washington, Seoul, and the region from September 4 - September 17, 2014.
- NewsletterBy William F. MartinSep 19, 2014Japan has built a commendable energy security program since the 1973 oil embargo, but the Fukushima accident and complete halt of nuclear power threatens Japan’s economic competitiveness, environmental quality, and ultimately Japan’s national security. The overall trade surplus is up, and harmful environmental emissions are rising.NewsletterSep 18, 2014NewsletterSep 18, 2014
Vietnam’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, will visit Washington in early October for consultations with Secretary of State John Kerry. Their meetings will provide a venue for adding more concrete components and depth to the comprehensive partnership announced when President Truong Tan Sang visited the Oval Office in July 2013.NewsletterSep 17, 2014
This month's edition of the International Security Program's electronic publication includes:
Militarization of Police: Cost Savings or Slippery Slope?
By Stephanie Sanok Kostro
Sources of the Russian Military's Ukraine Strategy: From Kosovo to Kyiv
By Brian Lessenberry