- NewsletterBy Nanae YamashiroMar 11, 2014
The US base relocation process in Okinawa has made progress in recent months, although it has been fitful. At the end of last year, Okinawa Gov. Nakaima Hirokazu approved the landfill application, signaling his acceptance of the move of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to the northern part of the main island of Okinawa. One step forward.
- Critical QuestionsBy Sharon Squassoni, Bobby KimMar 11, 2014
Since the meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11th, 2011, the outlook for nuclear power in Japan has been uncertain. Despite efforts by the Japanese government and industry to institutionalize change, the public remains skeptical. Public opposition to restarting the reactors has fallen from 80% but still hovers between 55 and 60%.
- ReportMar 11, 2014
Colombia’s 2014 legislative elections resulted in a demonstrable weakening of President Juan Manuel Santos’s governing coalition, in favor of former president Alvaro Uribe’s new Centro Democrático.
- CommentaryMar 10, 2014
On March 4, the Defense Department released overviews of its proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). This is a budget which on one hand complies with the revised Budget Control Act caps for FY15 ($496 billion in base budget spending) and on the other hand tries to illustrate the pain of living under those caps.
- 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.
U.S.-ROK RELATIONS | U.S.-ROK Joint Military Drills Begin
- CommentaryMar 6, 2014
President Obama announced last fall that he intends to release a new National Security Strategy (NSS) in early 2014, updating the previous version, published in 2010. Given that these strategies generally function more as public relations documents t
- 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.
- CommentaryBy Carl MeachamMar 6, 2014
This week, amidst political turmoil that has gripped the country since early February and has left over a dozen dead and hundreds injured and detained, Venezuela commemorates the first anniversary of the late President Hugo Chávez’s death.
- CommentaryMar 6, 2014
The Senate has confirmed Gil Kerlikowske as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today. This confirmation is long overdue and will provide proven leadership to an agency whose mission set has grown exponentially since 9/11. The sheer number of CBP’s daily workload – nearly 1 million travelers crossing the border, billions of dollars of imported cargo, over 1,000 arrests – and the size of CBP’s workforce which is now over 60,000 shed some light on the magnitude of CBP’s duties.
- ReportBy David Pumphrey, Lisa Hyland and Michelle MeltonMar 6, 2014
In the last several years, rail has come to play an important role in the transportation of growing U.S. crude oil production. Over the last seven months, a number of serious accidents have resulted in intense review of the safety of shipping large quantities of oil by rail. The focus has been on classification of the oil, the integrity of tank cars, and rail operations.