East Asia

Grand Strategy in Pivotal Places

East Asia

The East Asia program conducts research on vital regional security issues such as cross-Strait relations between the PRC and Taiwan, U.S. alliance relationships with Japan and South Korea, and China’s foreign policy in developing states. The program offers insights and recommendations for policymakers in the U.S. and in the region.

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Research and Analysis

January 16, 2020 | EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy

Taiwan’s contentious presidential race is over, and the incumbent, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party, has been re-elected with over 8 million votes, a record in Taiwan’s history.

January 10, 2020 | EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy

Like other post-industrial economies—including several in East Asia—Taiwan's population is projected to begin declining and aging within the next few years. The implications will reach every part of Taiwan's society, including its defense.

January 10, 2020 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Since the U.S. government killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani on January 3, 2020, the whole world has been bracing for impact that could potentially escalate to a major regional conflict or even a global war.

January 3, 2020 | EXPERT: Jason Li

On September 16, the Cabinet of the Solomon Islands voted to switch its diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, ending its 36-year-old official relationship with Taiwan. Kiribati switched three days later.

January 2, 2020 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe closed out 2019 with a flurry of diplomatic activities that tested his ability as Japan’s diplomat-in-chief. After he hosted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose visit on Dec.

December 19, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On December 10, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Peace Prize winner and de facto leader of Myanmar, delivered a 20-minute long statement at the International Court of Justice defending Myanmar against accusations of genocide brought by Gambia.

October 31, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2020 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the next administration faces.

October 30, 2019

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a new and evolving principle in international politics and international law, derived from the concept of humanitarian intervention in the 1990s.

October 30, 2019

Myanmar is still a country full of political crisis and ethnic conflict. The latter is the main factor hindering its political development. In the period of feudal dynasties, the Bamar and ethnic minorities fought against each other and established states dominated by the Bamar several times.

October 25, 2019 | EXPERT: Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Introduction

October 24, 2019 | EXPERT: Richard Cronin

Editor’s note: This analysis is part of 2020 Presidential Inbox — an ongoing Stimson Center series examining the major global challenges and opportunities the next administration faces.

October 21, 2019 | EXPERT: Martyn Williams

North Korea is moving ahead with a comprehensive reform of its education system that puts science and technology at its center. Plans were approved at a cabinet meeting over the weekend and follow a call by Kim Jong Un in September to improve the level of the nation’s education.

October 21, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

China’s One Belt One Road strategy (OB

October 17, 2019 | EXPERT: Robert Carlin

The world is not going to step aside and wait while the Congress ponders the fate of the president of the United States. Events of greater magnitude in the long term will grind ahead thousands of miles away from the impeachment proceedings in Washington.

October 17, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

When viewing the domestic conflicts of a sovereign nation, China sees development and stability as two mutually reinforcing concepts.
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