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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.

Current Research

June 3, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The abduction issue (rachi mondai) has been a major constraint on Japan’s policy toward North Korea for the last several decades. In the 1970s, a number of Japanese citizens disappeared and it has long been suspected that they were abducted by North Korean agents. READ MORE

April 12, 2019 | EXPERT: Jason Li

In Taiwan’s local elections held on November 24, the Kuomintang (KMT) trounced the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). READ MORE

April 2, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Relations between Japan and South Korea have descended to a new low. READ MORE

March 28, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

These monographs by the China Program explore China’s growing interests and involvement in the Arctic and the corresponding speculation and concern from other countries about the potential and ambitions of China’s Arctic footprint. READ MORE

March 28, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

In February 2019, Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held its annual party convention. READ MORE

March 8, 2019

Stimson Center's 38 North project, in partnership with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), has created a snapshot of the DPRK's coal industry published on Tearline, the NGA's READ MORE

March 8, 2019 | EXPERT: Akriti Vasudeva , EXPERT: Jason Li , EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy , EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

In 2004, Australia, India, Japan, and the U.S. worked together to respond to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami. In 2007, these four countries formed the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – the Quad – seeking to deepen their cooperation, only to disband after a year. READ MORE

March 7, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On the eve of the second summit between the top leaders of the US and North Korea in Hanoi, most attention is focused on what might be the concrete substance/steps of North Korea’s denuclearization and the reciprocal measures that the US will offer in return that come out of the summit. READ MORE

March 6, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

The second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un drew to an early close when the two leaders realized they were nowhere near to be able to sign any agreement. READ MORE

March 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

On Jan. 2, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a major policy speech to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Message to Compatriots in Taiwan. The speech is widely interpreted as Xi’s policy platform for cross-strait relations for years, or even decades, to come. READ MORE

March 5, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

U.S. President Donald Trump just kicked off his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam. READ MORE

January 23, 2019 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Views from the Next Generation is a series of policy briefs that offer recommendations for the most significant challenges facing Japan and its international partners today. READ MORE

December 5, 2018 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

Stimson’s East Asia Program is proud to announce the publication of Yun Sun’s second monograph on China and the Arctic, The Northern Sea Route: The Myth of Sino-Russian Cooperation. READ MORE

October 26, 2018 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was reelected for the third term as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on September 20, lengthening his tenure as prime minister until 2021. READ MORE

October 14, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

With reports claiming that Bashar al-Assad’s regime has recaptured more than 90 per cent of Syria and the announcement of a joint Russia-Turkey demilitarisation zone in Idlib – ostensibly neutralising the conflict’s final frontier – it appears as though the war may formally soon end. READ MORE

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