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Asia and the Pacific

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.

Current Research

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 READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

August 28, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

The strategic competition between India and China in South Asia, especially in the Indian Ocean due to the Chinese “string of pearls” strategy, has been a key element underlining the narrative of bilateral relations in recent years. READ MORE

August 20, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Japan-South Korea relations are spiraling out of control. READ MORE

August 7, 2019

A national plan for radioactive waste management should consider all levels of radioactive waste, from low and intermediate level waste (LILW) to high level waste (HLW) and spent nuclear fuel. READ MORE

August 2, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank V. Pabian, Jack Liu and Jenny Town READ MORE

July 22, 2019 | EXPERT: Martyn Williams

Eavesdropping and network security were the top concerns of the North Korean government in the months before Koryolink, the country’s current mobile network service, was launched in December 2008, according to minutes of a May 28, 2008 meeting in Kuala Lumpur between engineers from the Korea Post READ MORE

July 16, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

With the much-expected announcement on the latest US arms sales package to Taiwan, China retaliated with a vow to sanction US companies participating in the sales. This is not the first time that China threatened to do so. READ MORE

July 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town

A 38 North exclusive with analysis by Frank V. Pabian, Jack Liu and Jenny Town READ MORE

July 3, 2019 | EXPERT: Jenny Town , EXPERT: Samantha Pitz

Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz Background READ MORE

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