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November 2017

Strategies, Challenges, and Considerations for Economic Growth in South Korea

Policy Q&A

June Park (Seoul National University) discusses the strategies deployed by recent South Korean administrations to meet domestic targets for economic growth and innovation. She comments on the complex relationship of the chaebol system and small and medium-sized enterprises in the South Korean economy, among other issues.

November 2017

Intersecting Political, Ethnic, and Religious Realities in Myanmar

Policy Q&A

The response of the Myanmar government to a variety of domestic issues and the increasing violence in Rakhine State has drawn sharp criticism from the international community. Matthew J. Walton (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) explains the complexity of the intersecting political, ethnic, and religious realities in the country.

November 2017

Trump Sticks to the Script, Bolsters U.S. Defense Commitments in Japan and South Korea

Commentary

Scott Snyder (CFR) observes that on his first trip to Asia as president Trump has succeeded in communicating the right combination of assurance regarding the United States’ commitment to its allies and resolve in the face of the global threat posed by North Korea.

November 2017

On the Eve of Trump’s Visit to China: Examining Beijing's Strategic Priorities

Policy Q&A

Oriana Skylar Mastro (Georgetown University) argues that China is pursuing a military strategy of “regional power projection” to protect its national interests and shape both the regional security architecture and the decision-making of other actors.

October 2017

The Chinese Communists' New Politburo Standing Committee: More Claque Than Collective Leadership

Commentary

Xi Jinping on October 25 introduced the other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) looks at who they are and whether Xi’s “new era” style of one-man rule can serve China in the 21st century.

October 2017

The Outlook for the Abe Doctrine after Japan’s Election

Policy Q&A

When Japan went to the polls for a lower house election on October 22, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought and received affirmation for his defense policy and stance on North Korea. In this Q&A, Christopher W. Hughes (University of Warwick) explains how the Abe administration is shifting Japan’s grand strategy and considers the implications of the ruling coalition’s landslide victory for this emerging Abe doctrine.

October 2017

China’s “New Era” and “Xi Jinping Thought”

Commentary

Before it adjourned on October 24, the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress enshrined “Xi Jinping Thought” in the party constitution, giving Xi an authority unmatched by any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) considers what Xi Jinping Thought might mean and how it might guide China’s future.

October 2017

China’s 19th Party Congress: ’Tis the Season for Reading the Tea Leaves

Commentary

Writing in advance of the important 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, Nadège Rolland (NBR) notes that among the possible outcomes, only one is close to a sure thing: Xi will remain in power for the next five years

October 2017

The Role for Hydropower in the Greater Mekong Subregion’s Power Sector

Policy Q&A

Brian Eyler and Courtney Weatherby of the Stimson Center explain the complexities of the region's power sector as countries with growing economies are turning to the Mekong River to power their growing ecohnomies and expand energy access.

August 2017

Taiwan Sees Its Cyber Capabilities as the Hard Reality of Soft Power

Commentary

The current administration in Taiwan has significantly increased its focus on enhancing the island’s cyber capabilities, committing greater resources to developing cyber infrastructure and fostering homegrown talent.

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