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Q&As: Political Leadership

March 2018

The Coronation Congress: Xi Jinping Forms His Government

Commentary

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.

November 2017

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

Commentary

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.

November 2017

On the Eve of Trump’s Visit to China: Examining Beijing's Strategic Priorities

Policy Q&A

Oriana Skylar Mastro (Georgetown University) argues that China is pursuing a military strategy of “regional power projection” to protect its national interests and shape both the regional security architecture and the decision-making of other actors.

October 2017

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

Commentary

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

The Outlook for the Abe Doctrine after Japan’s Election

Policy Q&A

When Japan went to the polls for a lower house election on October 22, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought and received affirmation for his defense policy and stance on North Korea. In this Q&A, Christopher W. Hughes (University of Warwick) explains how the Abe administration is shifting Japan’s grand strategy and considers the implications of the ruling coalition’s landslide victory for this emerging Abe doctrine.

October 2017

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

Commentary

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

Commentary

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

Unlocking the Black Box: Keys to Information Dissemination into North Korea

Policy Q&A

Jieun Baek (University of Oxford) offers insights on information dissemination, an alternative tool that governments and NGOs could use to undermine the North Korean regime’s information blockade and thus increase the space for change from within.

August 2017

The Recent Election in Mongolia and the Future of Northeast Asia

Policy Q&A

Alicia Campi (Johns Hopkins SAIS) discusses the policy and security implications of the recent Mongolian presidential election and the best course of action for the United States.

June 2017

What to Expect from the First Moon-Trump Summit

Commentary

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).

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