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March 2018

The Coronation Congress: Xi Jinping Forms His Government

Commentary

William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) argues that while abolishing presidential and vice-presidential term limits may have been the most controversial of the two dozen constitutional amendments voted by China's National People's Congress, the changes to China’s government structure were profound and could have long-lasting effects.

March 2018

TPP Minus One: The Urgent Need for U.S. Leadership

Commentary

Eleven countries met to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership in early March. Former Congressman Charles Boustany Jr. (NBR Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy) argues that the United States' withdrawal from the agreement has put U.S. leadership in question.

February 2018

The Outlook for Asia's LNG Markets

Policy Q&A

Leslie Palti-Guzman (Rapidan Energy Group) analyzes the prospects for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Asia and discusses challenges to constructing the infrastructure needed to support growing demand throughout the region.

February 2018

Strengthening U.S. Trade Strategy in the Asia-Pacific: The Role for the Korea-U.S. FTA

Commentary

Charles Boustany Jr. and Clara Gillispie explore what is at stake in the Korea-U.S. FTA renegotiations and discuss key considerations for sustaining U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2018

The Benefits, Challenges, and Necessity of Triangular Diplomacy: A Case for Enhanced U.S.-ROK-Japan Cooperation

Commentary

This commentary argues for the need to re-examine the trilateral partnership and forge a functional security strategy to ensure that the golden period of trilateral cooperation with our treaty allies continues.

December 2017

Next Steps toward Allied Energy Security

Commentary

Jeremy Maxie (Strategika Group Asia Pacific) and Tatsuo Masuda (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; FairCourt Capital) highlight important initiatives of economic statecraft among the United States, Japan, and South Korea that have the potential to reshape energy security and geoeconomics in the Indo-Pacific region. They explain key energy security trends in the region and discuss several challenges to realizing the full potential of such cooperation.

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.

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