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December 2017

Next Steps toward Allied Energy Security

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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.

November 2017

Trump Sticks to the Script, Bolsters U.S. Defense Commitments in Japan and South Korea

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Scott Snyder (CFR) observes that on his first trip to Asia as president Trump has succeeded in communicating the right combination of assurance regarding the United States’ commitment to its allies and resolve in the face of the global threat posed by North Korea.

October 2017

The Chinese Communists' New Politburo Standing Committee: More Claque Than Collective Leadership

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Xi Jinping on October 25 introduced the other six members of the Politburo Standing Committee. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) looks at who they are and whether Xi’s “new era” style of one-man rule can serve China in the 21st century.

October 2017

China’s “New Era” and “Xi Jinping Thought”

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Before it adjourned on October 24, the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress enshrined “Xi Jinping Thought” in the party constitution, giving Xi an authority unmatched by any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) considers what Xi Jinping Thought might mean and how it might guide China’s future.

October 2017

China’s 19th Party Congress: ’Tis the Season for Reading the Tea Leaves

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Writing in advance of the important 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, Nadège Rolland (NBR) notes that among the possible outcomes, only one is close to a sure thing: Xi will remain in power for the next five years

August 2017

Taiwan Sees Its Cyber Capabilities as the Hard Reality of Soft Power

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The current administration in Taiwan has significantly increased its focus on enhancing the island’s cyber capabilities, committing greater resources to developing cyber infrastructure and fostering homegrown talent.

June 2017

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at 20: Celebrating Decline?

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On the eve of the twentieth anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, Friedrich Wu (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies) assesses the city’s economic and political outlook after two decades under Chinese rule.

June 2017

What to Expect from the First Moon-Trump Summit

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In advance of the first summit between President Trump and South Korea’s newly elected progressive president Moon Jae-in, Scott Snyder (Council on Foreign Relations) discusses Moon's most consequential foreign policy challenge: the management of the security alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

May 2017

South Korea Votes for Change: What It Means for the United States

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Daniel C. Sneider, Associate Director for Research at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, analyzes the impact that the return to power of South Korea’s progressives will have on alliance relations with the United States.

April 2017

Comrade Xi Meets Mister Trump: Summit or Base Camp?

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In the aftermath of the Mar-a-Lago summit, William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) looks at expectations and outcome of the meetings, what the Chinese people were and were not told, and implications for U.S. policy going forward.

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