- NewsletterMar 7, 2014
The Korea Chair team takes a biweekly look back at events of interest in Washington, Seoul, and the region from February 20 - March 5, 2014.
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- NewsletterBy David I. SteinbergMar 6, 2014
For many years, we have learned about cryptic events in Burma/Myanmar from rumors. We had hoped that this would change with the elimination of censorship, and there has been much progress. But rumors still abound and decision-making is often still opaque.
- NewsletterMar 6, 2014
It gives me great pleasure to write to you from my new role as the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. I owe a huge debt to Rick Inderfurth and Persis Khambatta for building up the program over the last three years.
- NewsletterMar 6, 2014
The tone and substance of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Malaysia in late April will have lasting impact not only on an important bilateral relationship, but on U.S. relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and many countries across the Indo-Pacific. The visit, although short, is long overdue.
- NewsletterBy Andy LimMar 5, 2014
Who is he?
Lee Ju-yeol (61) is the nominee to become the new governor of the Bank of Korea (BOK). Once confirmed by the National Assembly, he will be become the 25th governor in the bank’s history, succeeding Kim Chong-soo, whose four-year term ends on March 31, 2014.
- NewsletterBy Nakayama ToshihiroFeb 27, 2014
Has the US turned inward-looking? In a certain sense, the advent of the Obama administration could be considered a sign of such a turn. Indeed, one of the objectives stated by the Obama administration was a course correction away from the excessive intervention of the Bush era.
- NewsletterBy Elke LarsenFeb 27, 2014
A group of foreign ministers from the Pacific Island Forum (PIF) member states visited Suva, Fiji, on February 14–15 to study that country’s progress toward democracy. The trip’s outcomes show that pragmatism has become the flavor of Pacific affairs. The group praised Fiji for its significant progress toward holding democratic elections in September.
- NewsletterFeb 26, 2014
During a November 2009 trip to Tokyo, President Barack Obama underlined his intent to lead the United States to new levels of engagement in the Asia Pacific and harkened back to his upbringing in Indonesia and Hawaii, calling himself the United States’ “first Pacific president.” As he approaches the spring of 2014, Obama must decide if he will fulfill this legacy.
- NewsletterBy Matthew P. Goodman, David A. ParkerFeb 26, 2014
Two Chinese think tanks recently declared Beijing “nearly uninhabitable” due to air pollution, the latest in a string of highprofile reports on the capital’s smoggy skies.
- NewsletterBy Evan RamstadFeb 24, 2014
President Park Geun-hye in early January used her first news conference to stitch several policies she’s talked about during her first year in office into an economic agenda that, if it works, will arrest South Korea’s declining rate of growth.