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Q&As: United States

June 2018

Mind the Gap: The Singapore Summit and U.S. Alliances

Commentary

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.

May 2018

The Unthinkable with North Korea: A Tilt at the Fulcrum of World Power?

Commentary

Richard J. Ellings (NBR) argues that North Korea and the United States share strategic interests in checking a rising China and outlines steps that the United States could take to exploit this opportunity prudently.

May 2018

Japan’s Relations with Russia and China and the Implications for the U.S.-Japan Alliance

Commentary

Kazuhiko Togo surveys Japan’s foreign policies toward China and Russia, and examines the impact of these policies on the United States and the U.S.-Japan alliance.

March 2018

TPP Minus One: The Urgent Need for U.S. Leadership

Commentary

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.

February 2018

Strengthening U.S. Trade Strategy in the Asia-Pacific: The Role for the Korea-U.S. FTA

Commentary

Charles Boustany Jr. and Clara Gillispie explore what is at stake in the Korea-U.S. FTA renegotiations and discuss key considerations for sustaining U.S. economic competitiveness and leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

January 2018

The Benefits, Challenges, and Necessity of Triangular Diplomacy: A Case for Enhanced U.S.-ROK-Japan Cooperation

Commentary

This commentary argues for the need to re-examine the trilateral partnership and forge a functional security strategy to ensure that the golden period of trilateral cooperation with our treaty allies continues.

December 2017

Next Steps toward Allied Energy Security

Commentary

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.

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).

June 2017

The Upcoming Trump-Modi Summit: The View from Indian Industry

Policy Q&A

Chandrajit Banerjee (Confederation of Indian Industry) discusses the likely priorities for Prime Minister Modi, offers an assessment of his domestic performance thus far, and provides predictions on the future of India’s growth.

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.

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