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Why President Obama Has Difficulty Garnering Respect Internationally

Ivan Eland | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Ivan Eland

As President Obama gave his valedictory speech to the United Nations General Assembly and recently returned from a farewell tour of East Asia, it sure...

"The Imagination of The Next Generation in East Asia Will Push Smartphones Forward"

AsiaToday | Posted 07.18.2016 | World

Smartphones have achieved a remarkable dominance in East Asia today and they offer us new opportunities for connecting with each other and organizing ...

Branding Hiroshima Beyond Obama

Nancy Snow | Posted 06.06.2016 | Travel
Nancy Snow

Just two months ago I visited Hiroshima for the first time. I met an atomic bomb survivor and we embraced as tomodachi. We called our moment, "The Hiroshima Hug."

25 Trip-Worthy Spots Away from Seoul

Duke Stewart | Posted 04.12.2016 | Travel
Duke Stewart

Photos by Christina Riley of Seoul is an awesome city with so much to do that many of its residents and visitors want to leave....

TTIP and TPP -- A Threat to Latin America?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

For better or worse, TPP and TTIP could redefine global trade in the 21st century. At the moment, a Latin America perspective is largely lacking in the negotiation process; in TTIP, it is excluded by definition.

Polar Vortex Brings Heavy Snow And Frigid Temperatures To East Asia

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.25.2016 | World

The East Coast of the United States wasn't the only region hit with heavy snowfall over the weekend. On the other side of the world, countries in East...

Old Rivalries, New Problems in Taiwan's Presidential Election

John Harney | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
John Harney

This Saturday, Taiwan will hold a direct general election for the office of president of the Republic of China (ROC).

Global Challenges and Shared Lessons

Danny Leipziger | Posted 10.09.2015 | World
Danny Leipziger

The global landscape these days is not a pretty one: collapsing commodity prices, weak demand in the OECD economies and a pronounced slowdown in many emerging markets, unpredictable capital flows affecting exchange rates, and a noticeable slump in world trade.

H2H Solutions to S2S Problems in the Information Age: A Case for Digital Diplomacy in East Asia

Meicen Sun | Posted 08.11.2016 | World
Meicen Sun

The world we live in is digital, and individual, as it is also political and persistently statist. State actors' control of economic resources, combined with their monopoly in the legitimate use of force, has helped maintain their superiority over non-state actors.

Only China Can Contain China

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Joseph Nye

The U.S. chose a policy that could be called "integrate and insure." China was welcomed into the World Trade Organization, but the U.S.-Japan security treaty was revived to insure against China becoming a bully. If a rising China throws its weight around, it drives neighbors to seek to balance its power. In that sense, only China can contain China.

The Dance of Superpowers

John Feffer | Posted 01.19.2015 | World
John Feffer

The US and China are engaged in a dance of global partnership in which the two tightly embrace or wriggle warily in tandem at a distance, depending on the background music. At the same time, where there is overlap in the perceived spheres of influence, the music stops and the two countries argue over who calls the tune.

The United States Should Give China Breathing Room to Rise Peacefully

Ivan Eland | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

The Chinese may be authoritarians and the Americans may be more pluralistic, but China does have legitimate security concerns, and the U.S. military is in China's face, not vice versa.

Pine Nuts: Mongol Style

Nomin Dari | Posted 12.09.2014 | Travel
Nomin Dari

As I am walking through the forest, my Mongolian friend, Baagi, throws up a bulky stick up into the branches of a pine tree. I stand cautiously back and look up to see two pinecones fall to the ground.

East Asia: A Farewell to Arms

John Feffer | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
John Feffer

This is an ideal moment for Asia to offer a different approach to settling the myriad conflicts that have bedeviled the region for years. If Asia bids farewell to arms as a means of solving conflicts, it can set a powerful example for the rest of the world.

Infrastructure and Spaghetti Investing

Michael Likosky | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Michael Likosky

Investing in infrastructure can shave time off of our commute. That won't get us out of our economic crisis, although it would be great.

Philippines' Infrastructure Conundrum: Prematurely Hosting the World Economic Forum?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Despite several years of above-average economic growth, lack of inclusive development is a huge concern. Without proper infrastructure, the Philippines will continue to struggle to attract high-quality investment from abroad.

True Lessons of East Asian Education

Jung-kyu Kim | Posted 05.11.2014 | Education
Jung-kyu Kim

Having studied in both Korea and the U.S., we do not find much to admire about the Korean education system. For all its faults, the "liberal" American system cultivates initiative and ingenuity like no other, a fact which might explain why the U.S. still leads the world in technological and cultural innovation.

China's Long-Range Salami Tactics In East Asia

Nayan Chanda | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Nayan Chanda

Western policy makers, guided as they are by political election cycles, are no match for China's patient, long-range strategy of salami slicing to recover its past hegemonic position.

Is Asia in 2014 Like Europe in 1914?

Yoon Young-kwan | Posted 03.29.2014 | World
Yoon Young-kwan

China's efforts to enhance its influence as a rising power in an assertive way will backfire and result in an unintended encirclement of China by her neighbors. The irony is that this 'security dilemma' was exactly what happened in Europe when Kaiser Wilhelm II, confident of rising power of Germany, began to practice a muscular diplomacy in1890.

Japan's Resurgent Nationalism

John Feffer | Posted 03.18.2014 | World
John Feffer

Just in case anyone was in doubt of his intentions, Shinzo Abe made a high-profile visit to Yasukuni Shrine in December, the first time for a Japanese prime minister in seven years. The real reason for Abe's visit, which elicited predictable outrage from Korea and China, was that he felt that he could get away with it.

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

China's Dual Challenges

David W. Kearn | Posted 02.01.2014 | World
David W. Kearn

Fears over China's rise to regional preeminence in Asia are logically driven by its expanding economic and military power.

Korea's Public Diplomacy Opportunity

Philip Seib | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Philip Seib

As a cornerstone of a state's public diplomacy, being admired for being resolute and standing for something will likely be more valuable than the mere gestures that too often pass for substantive policy.

Why U.S. Policy in East Asia is Dangerous

Ivan Eland | Posted 09.28.2013 | World
Ivan Eland

The United States--retaining its mid-Pacific military outposts, such as Hawaii and Guam--could be more secure even if it gradually abrogated all of its formal and informal alliances in East Asia.

The Climate Is Changing In East Asia

Renat Heuberger | Posted 08.12.2013 | Green
Renat Heuberger

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions means, first and foremost, reducing the consumption of coal, oil and gas. But what does this mean for fast-growing economies in East Asia, hungry for inexpensive energy?