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      On Korean Nationalism and Its Role in the Escalating Japan-South Korea Friction

      Commentary / September 5, 2019

      Tension and discord in Japan-South Korea relations are nothing new, but the unfortunate, intensifying conflict between the two countries — a manifestation of right-wing Japanese nationalism and left-wing South Korean nationalism — seems headed toward a collision course. To understand the escalating friction between Tokyo and Seoul one must recognize the unique characteristics of Korean nationalism, and particularly its historical origins, development, and political role in shaping Korean attitudes toward Japan.

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      Korea’s Migrants: Towards Diversity and Transnationalism

      News / August 9, 2019

      South Korea (hereafter Korea) is widely regarded as among the world’s most ethnically and linguistically homogeneous countries. In 1990, Korea counted only 49,000 foreigners amongst its population. But over the last two decades, the number of migrants in the country has grown dramatically, reaching 2.3 million (or 4.5% of the population) in 2018. Just as important is the growing diversity of migrants coming to Korea.

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      Two Experts to Join the Korea Program as Koret Fellows in Korean Studies

      News / August 7, 2019

      The Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is pleased to welcome Robert R. King and Victor Cha as Koret fellows in Korean studies during the 2019-20 academic year.

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      Unpacking the Escalating U.S.-China Conflict: Q&A with David M. Lampton

      Q&A / August 6, 2019

      The U.S.-China relationship is in a dangerous downward spiral. The crisis in the relationship has spread virtually to every arena, from the intensifying trade war between the two largest economies to their escalating technology rivalry that is rippling into a U.S. government crackdown on foreign influence on research, and from security concerns over China’s growing military power in the Asia-Pacific region to mounting tensions over the antigovernment protests in Hong Kong and over longstanding frictions with respect to Taiwan.

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      8th Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize Awarded

      News / July 16, 2019

      Taehwa Hong (BA '21 International Relations) has been awarded the 8th annual Korea Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies for his paper, "North Korea in the Soviet-Albanian Dispute." Yong Suk Lee, deputy director of the Korea Program at Shorenstein APARC, says, "Hong's paper is an outstanding piece of research and writing." "The paper delves into a rather novel topic - how North Korea diplomatically responded to the Albanian Crisis between two socialist powers, the Soviet Union and China." The details of the announcement may be viewed

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      In First-Ever History of the National Intelligence Council, Thomas Fingar Recounts His Tenure as Chair

      News / July 11, 2019

      Formed in 1979, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) works to provide policymakers with the U.S. intelligence community’s best judgments on crucial international issues. As a locus for coordinated intelligence analysis, the NIC’s work reflects the coordinated judgments of multiple agencies and departments in the broader intelligence community. But while it may be less shrouded in secrecy than many other intelligence offices, in some respects it is less well known.

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      FSI Scholars Among Signatories Urging Effective U.S. Policy Toward China

      Commentary / July 3, 2019

      A group of more than 100 leading American Asia specialists, former U.S. officials and military officers, and foreign policy experts has signed an open letter calling on President Trump and Congress to develop a U.S. approach to China that is focused on creating enduring coalitions with other countries in support of economic and security objectives rather than on efforts to contain China’s engagement with the world.

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      Stanford Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference Examines New Pathways for Aging Societies

      News / July 1, 2019

      The world is “graying” at an unprecedented rate. According to the UN’s World Population Prospects 2019, the number of persons over the age of 65 is growing the fastest and expected to more than double by 2050, then triple in another 50 years’ time.

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      China’s National Health Reforms at 10

      News / June 24, 2019

      In 2009, China launched comprehensive health system reforms to address challenges such as increasing rates of non-communicable diseases and population aging, problems with health financing and healthcare delivery, and overall growing health expectations of its people. Promoting universal health coverage by building a social health insurance system was a central pillar of the reforms.

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      Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations 2019

      News / June 17, 2019

      From political power in Britain, China, and New York City to robots and morality, APARC faculty draw inspiration for their work from a wide range of sources. Several of them share here what’s on their nightstand or e-book device this summer.

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      U.S.-China Relations Fractious, Not Fragile, Says APARC Fellow

      News / June 12, 2019

      Forty years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and China, the two superpowers are competing and contesting every arena, from trade to AI research and from space exploration to maritime rights. Instead of what Americans referred to as engagement and Chinese called reform and opening, many experts and analysts now characterize the relations between the two countries as dangerously brittle. Some see a new kind of Cold War in the making.

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      Opposition Party Building and Electoral Competition in Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Malaysia

      Blog / May 31, 2019
      As a 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, I have been working on my book manuscript Pathways to Power: Opposition Party and Coalition Building in Multiethnic Malaysia. The book examines the dilemmas faced by opposition parties in authoritarian regimes as they try to build electoral and political power.
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      Video: Is Trade Just a Side Issue in U.S.-China Disputes?

      Commentary / May 30, 2019

      Karl Eikenberry, director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, spoke with "Bloomberg Markets: Asia" about the ongoing trade disputes between the U.S. and China. Video of his interview—conducted on the sidelines of the Morgan Stanley China Summit in Beijing—is posted below.

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      Experts Discuss Future of the International Order in East Asia

      News / May 30, 2019

      “For seven decades our thinking about Indo-Asia-Pacific security and international cooperation issues has been underpinned by the narratives of a U.S.-led international order centered around the rule of law, economic openness, and multilateralism. Now this post-WWII order is being challenged.”

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      Audio: FSI Director, Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow Discuss U.S.-China Conflict

      News / May 29, 2019

      “But as I read what the communist party, what President Xi says, I don't see the same fervor to the ideological dimension of what China is doing around the world...[compared to what] the Soviets were doing.”

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      Confronting South Asia’s Diabetes Epidemic

      News / May 28, 2019

      Type 2 diabetes has become a major public health problem in South Asia in recent decades. The region is now home to an estimated 84 million people suffering from diabetes—approximately one-fifth of the world’s 451 million adults with diabetes—a number that is expected to rise by 78% by 2045. Even more concerning, across South Asia the disease burden increasingly occurs in the most productive midlife period.

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      Financing Longevity: Addressing the Challenges of an Aging World

      News / May 23, 2019

      People today can generally expect to live longer and, in some parts of the world, healthier lives. The substantial increases in life expectancy underlying these global demographic shifts represent a human triumph over disease, hunger, and deprivation, but also pose difficult challenges across multiple sectors. Population aging will have dramatic effects on labor supply, patterns of work and retirement, family and social structures, healthcare services, savings, and, of course, pension systems and other social support programs used by older adults.

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      Philippines Investigative Journalist and Press Freedom Beacon Maria Ressa Wins 2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award

      News / May 21, 2019

      STANFORD, CA, May 21, 2019 — Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) announced today that the esteemed journalist Maria Ressa is the recipient of the 2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award.

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      Audio: Tariffs Expand for Goods Going Between the United States and China

      Commentary / May 14, 2019

      Does the current trade-talk stalemate between the U.S. and China portend a larger confrontation? Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow David Lampton says yes, and shared with VOA Asia reasons for why the two countries find themselves so much at odds. Listen below (first 8 minutes):



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      On the Centennial of the March First Independence Movement of Korea

      News / May 13, 2019

      The year 2019 is the centennial of several anti-colonialist movements that emerged in Asia, including the March First Movement of Korea. On that day a century ago, protesters shouting “Mansei!” (“Long live Korean independence!”) gathered in Seoul and formed what would become the first nationwide political protest in Korea under Japanese colonial rule. Although the movement failed to achieve national sovereignty, it left important legacies for Korea and other parts of Asia under foreign dominance.

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      Audio: Pacific Settlement of Disputes in East Asia: Inter-State Arbitration and Judicial Diplomacy

      News / May 10, 2019

      On May 10, 2019, Eun-Young Park  presented his lecture "Pacific Settlement of Disputes in East Asia: Inter-State Arbitration and Judicial Diplomacy." Audio and a transcript of that event is now available.


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      A View from the United States

      Commentary / May 9, 2019

      APARC Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia Ketian Zhang provides commentary on U.S. policies toward Southeast Asia in the South China Sea.

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