Mind the Gap: The Singapore Summit and U.S. Alliances
Daniel C. Sneider (Stanford University) writes that the spectacle of the first-ever meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting U.S. President obscures essential realities within the region. He argues that the United States should follow up the unconventional diplomacy in Singapore with careful attention to managing our alliances with South Korea and Japan.
The Coronation Congress: Xi Jinping Forms His Government
William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) argues that while abolishing presidential and vice-presidential term limits may have been the most controversial of the two dozen constitutional amendments voted by China's National People's Congress, the changes to China’s government structure were profound and could have long-lasting effects.
TPP Minus One: The Urgent Need for U.S. Leadership
Eleven countries met to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership in early March. Former Congressman Charles Boustany Jr. argues that the United States' withdrawal from the agreement has put U.S. leadership in question.
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Next Steps toward Allied Energy Security
Jeremy Maxie (Strategika Group Asia Pacific) and Tatsuo Masuda (Nagoya University of Commerce and Business; FairCourt Capital) highlight important initiatives of economic statecraft among the United States, Japan, and South Korea that have the potential to reshape energy security and geoeconomics in the Indo-Pacific region. They explain key energy security trends in the region and discuss several challenges to realizing the full potential of such cooperation.