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South Korea: Give Nukes a Chance

by Denny Roy
Denny Roy, Senior Research Fellow at the East-West Center, argues that “An ROK nuclear weapons capability would impose a meaningful penalty on the DPRK for its nuclear weapons program.”
Julio S. Amador III, Foreign Affairs Research Specialist at the Foreign Service Institute of the Philippines, explains that the recent grounding in Filipino waters of the USS Guardian, “[s]hows just how delicate managing alliances can be, and the response by the...

China’s Intervention in the Myanmar-Kachin Peace Talks

by Yun Sun, Visiting Fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution
Yun Sun, Visiting Fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, explains that “[t]hese latest talks set a new precedent because of the central role that China played in the process and signify a major intervention by Beijing that is...

Why China’s Return to the Sea May Not Be All Bad

by Christian Le Mière
Christian Le Mière, Senior Fellow for Naval Forces and Maritime Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, explains that “Beijing has avoided major conflict for nearly 35 years, and seems set to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.”

Bumpy Road to the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

by Katherine G. Southwick
Katherine G. Southwick, International Law and Development Consultant recently based in the Philippines, explains that for ASEAN “Progress will be slow, but the establishment of human rights institutions is an irreversible process, through which member states will be...

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