Recent Commentary and Q&A
What to Expect from the First Moon-Trump Summit
In advance of the first summit between President Trump and South Korea’s newly elected progressive president Moon Jae-in, Scott Snyder (Council on Foreign Relations) discusses Moon's most consequential foreign policy challenge: the management of the security alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).
The Upcoming Trump-Modi Summit: The View from Indian Industry
Chandrajit Banerjee (Confederation of Indian Industry) discusses the likely priorities for Prime Minister Modi, offers an assessment of his domestic performance thus far, and provides predictions on the future of India’s growth.
South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States
Daniel C. Sneider, Associate Director for Research at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, analyzes the impact that the return to power of South Korea’s progressives will have on alliance relations with the United States.
Asia’s Orphan: Taiwan's Strategic Culture in Context
Steven M. Goldstein (Harvard University) highlights the main findings of the NBR Special Report "Taiwan: Asia's Orphan?" and explains how Taiwan’s perception of its “orphan” status in the international system shapes its strategic culture, as well as its approach to its relationships with China and the United States.
Comrade Xi Meets Mister Trump: Summit or Base Camp?
In the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago summit, William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) looks at expectations and outcome of the meetings, what the Chinese people were and were not told, and implications for U.S. policy going forward.
Understanding India's Evolving Role in Asia through an ASEAN Prism
Michael Kugelman, the Wilson Center’s senior associate for South and Southeast Asia, discusses the key drivers and constraints of India’s foreign policy toward its neighbors, and particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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Fuel Pricing and Subsidy Reforms in Asia
Countries across Asia are looking to reform (and often, ultimately eliminate) many forms of subsidies, while simultaneously maintaining their commitments to addressing energy poverty. Vandana Hari (Vanda Insights) discusses the complexities of ongoing fuel-pricing reforms across the region and the implications for global oil market outlooks.