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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 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

October 5, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

Recent developments concerning Pakistani involvement in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) highlight the growing unease many Pakistanis have with the project’s potential effects on their economy. READ MORE

October 3, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

In recent weeks China has offered indications of a future role in Syria, comprising not only infrastructure investment and trade as the conflict appears to wind down, but also a novel desire to increase cooperation on the counter-terrorism front. READ MORE

October 1, 2018

In August, the Arctic’s oldest and thickest READ MORE

September 27, 2018

On July 27, South Korea’s Defense Minister Song Young-moo briefed President Moon Jae-in on “Defense Reform 2.0,” an expansive initiative to restructure and modernize Korea’s defense. READ MORE

September 27, 2018 | EXPERT: Yuki Tatsumi

On Sept. 20, Shinzo Abe won a third term in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential election and extended his tenure as prime minister beyond this fall. READ MORE

September 4, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

On the heels of recent resumption of vehemently negative press surrounding Confucius Institutes (CIs), non-profit educational programs affiliated with the People’s Republic of China, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act earlier this month, which includes a provision that READ MORE

August 27, 2018 | EXPERT: Yun Sun

August 20, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

On August 1, Al-Watan, a pro-Assad regime newspaper, ran a story that described a dialogue held with Chinese Ambassador to Syria Qi Qianjin and China’s military attaché, Wong Roy Chang. READ MORE

August 13, 2018 | EXPERT: Logan Pauley

For 60 years, successive Chinese governments have stood doggedly by an official policy of “nonintervention” in the internal affairs of other states. READ MORE

July 27, 2018

By Yuichiro Kakutani, Research Intern, Japan Program High-level leaders of all but one of the nations that joined North Korea in the defunct Six-Party Talks have met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the last two months. The lone exception: Japan. READ MORE

July 25, 2018 | EXPERT: Pamela Kennedy

October 8 will mark the 20th anniversary of a declaration between Japan and South Korea to “squarely face the past and develop relations based on mutual understanding and trust.” This month, the foreign ministers of Japan READ MORE

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