Politics & Security

The first US-ASEAN Defense Forum emphasized not only the U.S. rebalance to Asia, but also the increasing security role of ASEAN in the region. It highlighted cooperation on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, which are growing concerns in the region.

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs East Sea Labeling Bill into Law

by Alex Forster
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that will affect all textbooks approved by the Virginia Board of Education after July 1st of this year, requiring that all textbooks that make reference to the Sea of Japan must contain language indicating that it is...

The New Vietnamese Vocabulary for Foreign and Defense Relations

by Lewis M. Stern
In the last decade, the Foreign and Defense Ministries in Vietnam have sought to develop more effective organizations and capable leadership, incorporating more complex information into the way these organizations think about the world and make decisions regarding...

President Obama Signs Extension of US-Korea Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

by Alex Forster
The agreement governing the US-South Korea nuclear partnership, signed in its current form in 1974, was originally set to expire this month after forty years in effect. Both sides agreed to a two-year extension of the existing agreement, which was signed by President...

John Kerry Concludes Fifth Trip to Asia Since Taking Office

by Alex Forster
Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry concluded his fifth trip to Asia since being sworn in to lead the State Department one year ago. His itinerary this time included stops in South Korea, China and Indonesia. In each country, Secretary Kerry met with...

An Emergent US Security Strategy in Southeast Asia

by Marvin Ott and Kenneth Ngo
The foundation of US security strategy in Southeast Asia since the end of World War II has been a “hub and spoke” system of formal bilateral alliances with four countries in the region.