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

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.

October 11, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Samantha Pitz

Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz Background

October 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Since 2016, when Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy came to power in Myanmar, China's relations with the Southeast Asian state have been surprisingly smooth considering Beijing's close ties with its former military regimes.

October 4, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Since Myanmar's current peace process began eight years ago, ethnic reconciliation has become a benchmark in evaluating progress of the Myanmar nation and state, alongside civil-military relations and economic development.

September 26, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Jack Liu, Peter Makowsky and Jenny Town

September 26, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Much has been said and written about the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor since it was formally proposed by China in November 2017 as part of its global Belt and Road Initiative.

September 17, 2019 | EXPERT: Hannah Haegeland

As China expands its investments around the world, its incentives to foster and promote stability grow, as does its third-party leverage to influence state behavior.

September 12, 2019 | EXPERT: Jason Li , EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Nontraditional security challenges—issues that transcend borders and occur outside the threat of military conflict—demand collaboration between a range of state and nonstate actors, from international organizations to NGOs.[1] The concep

September 10, 2019 | EXPERT: Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Throughout the diplomatic process between South and North Korea and the Trump administration’s nuclear diplomacy with Pyongyang, there has been an expectation that should sanctions be relaxed or removed, North Korea would begin to attract investments from all over the globe.

September 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

After becoming the leader of China in late 2012 Xi Jinping rapidly launched his signature foreign-policy campaign—the Belt and Road Initiative—to project China’s economic and geopolitical influence.

September 4, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

WITH FIGHTING in Rakhine State since January and escalating bloodshed in northern Shan State, Myanmar is enduring a level of conflict unprecedented in recent years.

September 4, 2019 | EXPERT: Robert Carlin

With apologies to T.S. Eliot, August was the cruelest month. US-DPRK working-level talks did not begin, as most observers expected, after US-ROK joint military exercises ended on August 20. For a variety of reasons, the diplomatic window seems to be narrowing.

August 29, 2019 | EXPERT: Joel S. Wit

Just when you thought the media hyperinflation of the North Korean threat couldn’t get any worse, along came yesterday’s attention-grabbing story on Pyongyang’s submarine that could attack the United States.

August 29, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Samantha Pitz

In an attempt to address the country’s electrical energy needs, the DPRK is placing greater emphasis on the construction and utilization of both hydroelectric and coal-powered, thermal-electric power plants.
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