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A naval ship in the South China Sea in the background fo two officers.

What are China’s Leaders Saying About the South China Sea?

Commentary / February 23, 2021
The rhetoric weaves between cooperative and competitive, leaving the question of what – and who – to believe.
A Japanese robot prototype lifts a dummy patient

Robot Adoption Brings Benefits to Japan’s Aging Society

News / February 22, 2021
In one of the first studies of service sector robotics, APARC scholars examine the impacts of robots on nursing homes in Japan. They find that robot adoption may not be detrimental to labor and may...
Oriana Skylar Mastro testifies to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Taiwan deterrence.

Oriana Skylar Mastro Testifies on Deterring PRC Aggression Toward Taiwan to Congressional Review Commission

News / February 19, 2021
China may now be able to prevail in cross-strait contingencies even if the United States intervenes in Taiwan’s defense, Chinese security expert Oriana Skylar Mastro tells the U.S.-China Economic and...
[Left] Postdoc Spotlight, Jeffrey Weng, Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia, [Right] Jeffrey Weng

Postdoc Spotlight: Jeffrey Weng on Language and Society

Q&A / February 17, 2021
Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia Jeffrey Weng shares insights from his research into how language and society shape one another, particularly how the historical use of Mandarin...
Aircraft assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group fly over the South China Sea

How China is Bending the Rules in the South China Sea

Commentary / February 17, 2021
Beijing’s misapplication of international law in the disputed waters is more complex than it seems on the surface.
[Left] A nurse assists an elderly woman in a wheel chair; [Right] Oliver Hart

Public-Private Partnerships for Effective Healthcare: Theory and Practice

News / February 12, 2021
In its 2020-21 colloquium series, the Asia Health Policy Program weighs the balance, benefits, and considerations in providing health services through national governments and contracting with...
Two destroyer navy ships sail alongside each other

India Should Prioritize a Denial Strategy in the Indian Ocean

Commentary / February 9, 2021
The stand-off with China in the Himalayas has raised a broader debate about India’s strategic outlook.
Protesters in Myanmar stand on a picture of General Min Aung Hlaing

Democracy Challenged: Donald Trump, Min Aung Hlaing, and Indonesia

Commentary / February 8, 2021
Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K. Emmerson compares responses across Southeast Asia to the February coup in Myanmar and reflects on the parallels and differences between the state of...
Male Japanese doctor showing senior patient records on a clipboard

Health Signals Increase Preventive Care, Improve Health Outcomes for Individuals at High Risk of Diabetes, Evidence from Japan Shows

News / February 3, 2021
Among the general population, however, researchers including Asia Health Policy Program Director Karen Eggleston find no evidence that additional care improves health outcomes.
Protesters opposing the February 1 coup in Myanmar

The Myanmar Coup Is a Major Setback, but the Story of Myanmar's Struggle for Democracy Is Not Over

Q&A / February 2, 2021
According to Scot Marciel, former U.S. ambassador to Myanmar and Stanford visiting scholar at APARC, building a democracy is a difficult process that can be upended, particularly when the military is...
Shifting Gears in Innovation Policy: Strategies from Asia

New Book Outlines the Role of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Future Economic Growth in East Asia

News / January 29, 2021
Yong Suk Lee explains in the new volume, Shifting Gears in Innovation Policy, that while ‘catch-up’ strategies have been effective in promoting traditional economic growth in Asia, innovative policy...
Portrait of Paul Schuler and the cover of his book, 'United Front'

A Balance of Power: The Role of Vietnam’s Electoral and Legislative Institutions

Q&A / January 28, 2021
As the 13th National Congress of Vietnam's Communist Party is selecting a new leadership team that will set the country’s course for the next five years, Vietnamese politics expert Paul Schuler...
Stanford campus, main quad with cloudy sky

APARC Offers Fellowship and Funding Opportunities to Support, Diversify Stanford Student Participation in Contemporary Asia Research

News / January 25, 2021
The Center has launched a suite of offerings including a predoctoral fellowship, a diversity grant, and research assistant internships to support Stanford students interested in the area of...
National Guard at the US Capitol

The Soft War That America Is Losing

Commentary / January 15, 2021
The US depends far more on its soft power than authoritarian China does. Once it is lost, it is hard to get back.
President Biden walks past a row of Chinese and American flags.

APARC Experts on the Outlook for U.S.-Asia Policy Under the Biden Administration

News / January 14, 2021
Ahead of President-elect Biden’s inauguration and on the heels of the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob that has left America shaken, an APARC-wide expert panel provides a region-by-...
U.S. Navy and Indian Navy ships steam in formation in the Indian Ocean.

How to Mitigate the Risks of Chinese Military Expansion in the Indian Ocean Region

News / January 5, 2021
China’s expanding military capacity in the Indian Ocean region poses risks for the United States and its partners, writes South Asia Research Scholar Arzan Tarapore in 'The Washington Quarterly...
A man wearing a face mask prays for the new year at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan.

Japan's Challenges in the Next Year are Greater than its Opportunities

Commentary / January 4, 2021
Surging coronavirus cases and ongoing political scandals have docked Suga's approval ratings, but successfully handling the upcoming Olympics and taking further strides with the United States,...
The flag of Japan is displayed over the Olympic rings.

Japan's Three Most Consequential Events of 2020

Commentary / January 4, 2021
Abe's resignation, the COVID-19 pandemic, and delaying the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic games have disrupted Japan's efforts to re-establish itself as a strong leader, both domestically and...
A loaded shipping liner sails out of port.

Let's Keep it the 'Free and Open' Indo-Pacific

Commentary / January 4, 2021
Both Japan's Suga and the incoming Biden adminstration should maintain the language of the "free and open Indo-Pacific" for consistency and to signal their ongoing commitment to...
Joe Biden and Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III attend a ceremony welcoming troops home at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on April 8, 2009.

The Real Reason Biden’s Pick for Pentagon Chief is the Wrong Choice

Commentary / December 9, 2020
Does Joe Biden's choice of Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III for secretary of defense offer a "safe choice" at the expense of preparing a strong front in the great-power competition with...
A woman has blood drawn at a clinic in Bombay, India

How to Prevent Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases Cost-Effectively

News / December 9, 2020
Addressing the epidemic of chronic diseases in India and other low- and middle-income countries requires comprehensive evidence on the cost-effectiveness of health interventions, argue APARC’s Asia...
President-elect Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping

Biden Administration Will Rely On U.S. Allies for Support as Tensions with China Continue to Rise

News / December 8, 2020
On the World Class Podcast, international security expert Oriana Skylar Mastro says conflict between China and Taiwan is plausible within the next 15 years, and the U.S. will likely be involved.
Barack Obama addresses a crowd of young leaders from ASEAN nations.

A Global Town Hall Welcomes America Back

Commentary / December 7, 2020
Despite the reversals of the Trump era, a flurry of online diplomacy served as a reminder that the U.S. is welcome in Southeast Asia writes Donald K. Emmerson in The Diplomat.

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