Politics & Security


No Hedging in Canberra: The Australia-US Alliance in the “Asian Century”

by Nick Bisley
US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell has just completed a lightning visit to Australia for formal discussions with newly installed Foreign Minister Bob Carr. In spite of the political turmoil that brought Carr to office, the Australia-US alliance is in the best...
President Obama wrapped up three days in Korea on Tuesday, after attending the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit and visiting the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ), the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea.
The US State Department announced that Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell will travel to Australia March 20-23, 2012 as part of our ongoing consultations between the two allies.
Kurt Campbell, the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, was in Seoul again on Tuesday for the second time in a month. During his speech to mark the 55th anniversary of the Korea Society, Secretary Campbell made it clear that the US is eager to...

US Army Chief of Staff Visits Korea

by Alex Forster
With more of America’s attention turning toward the Asia-Pacific region, General Ray Odierno, the US Army’s Chief of Staff, recently paid a visit to one of America’s largest military outposts in Asia.
The past ten years have seen ever increasing bilateral goods trade between the United States and South Korea. Both developed economies have successfully increased their bilateral merchandise exports while simultaneously decreasing their balance of trade.