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Stimson experts examine political, military, and economic issues in China, Taiwan, the Korean Peninsula, and Japan to illuminate potential solutions to the complex security challenges in the region.

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January 24, 2020 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

On January 19, the United States and Japan celebrated the 60th anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Japan Mutual Security Treaty. READ MORE

January 21, 2020 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Recent updates from alumni of the Japan Visiting Fellows Program: READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

October 25, 2019 | EXPERT: Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

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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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

October 21, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

China’s One Belt One Road strategy (OB READ MORE

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