Politics & Security


US-Thai Relations Continue Moving Forward

by Damien Tomkins
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to Washington, D.C., May 5-7, amidst talk of a possible visit to the United States later this year by...

Japan’s Crucial Role in Afghanistan

by Victoria Tuke
Victoria Tuke, Visiting Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation, explains why “The centrality of the US-Japan alliance to Japan is an important consideration regarding Afghanistan, but Japan’s interests are broader than solely the alliance.”

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.”