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Q&As: Northeast Asia

November 2017

Strategies, Challenges, and Considerations for Economic Growth in South Korea

Policy Q&A

June Park (Seoul National University) discusses the strategies deployed by recent South Korean administrations to meet domestic targets for economic growth and innovation. She comments on the complex relationship of the chaebol system and small and medium-sized enterprises in the South Korean economy, among other issues.

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.

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

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

Commentary

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.

May 2017

Rule of Law in China: An Essential Component of U.S.-China Relations

Policy Q&A

China specialist Murray Scot Tanner discusses where China is headed on rule of law issues and how the rule of law in China affects U.S. interests.

May 2017

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

Commentary

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.

May 2017

Asia’s Orphan: Taiwan's Strategic Culture in Context

Policy Q&A

Steven M. Goldstein (Harvard University) highlights the main findings of the NBR Special Report "Taiwan: Asia's Orphan?" and explains how Taiwan’s perception of its “orphan” status in the international system shapes its strategic culture, as well as its approach to its relationships with China and the United States.

November 2016

Behind the Official Narrative: China’s Strategic Culture in Perspective

Policy Q&A

Christopher A. Ford, chief legislative counsel for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discusses the idiosyncratic characteristics of Chinese strategic culture. He argues that although the Chinese Communist Party’s official narrative depicts China’s strategic culture as essentially pacifistic and disinclined toward violence, its basic orientation is fundamentally realist.

October 2016

Strategic Culture, National Strategy, and Policymaking in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

Ahead of the release of Strategic Asia 2016–17 in November, NBR spoke with Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and research director of the Strategic Asia Program. Dr. Tellis explains the importance of strategic culture for understanding international relations, discusses the volume’s main findings, and assesses some of the implications for U.S. policy in Asia.

August 2016

Declaring Consistent Commitments: U.S. Maritime Policy in the Asia-Pacific

Policy Q&A

Admiral Jonathan Greenert (ret.), former U.S. chief of naval operations, discusses U.S. maritime and security interests in the Asia-Pacific and provides recommendations on how to maintain regional stability and ensure commitments to allies in an interview with NBR.

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