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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.
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...
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,...
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...
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.
Photos of China's Xi Jinping walking and Japan's Yoshihide Suga speaking at a podium

How Japan's Suga Can Build an Alliance to Counter China

Commentary / December 7, 2020
The strengths and weaknesses of the Quad
The Australian flag flies outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing

Free Nations Must Speak for Australia

Commentary / December 4, 2020
The Biden administration needs to rethink the entire nature of alliances for an era of heavy-handed economic diplomacy from Beijing says Oriana Skylar Mastro and Zack Cooper in an op-ed for the...
Battleships patrolling in the open ocean.

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing to See Here”

Commentary / November 30, 2020
China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.
A man walks past a digital screen showing images of President-elect Joe Biden in a news program.

Japan's Role Could Redefine Asia-Pacific Relations Under Biden and Suga

Commentary / November 25, 2020
President-elect Biden's early conversations with Japan's prime minister Yoshihide Suga seem to signal a renewed commitment to coordination on issues of security, environmentalism, human...
An Asian woman waring a face mask standing among a crowd gesturing with her hands

Biden Will Speak Softer but Act Stronger on Taiwan

Commentary / November 11, 2020
U.S. support will be strengthened, but Trump’s provocations will disappear.
President-elect Joseph Biden addresses a campaign crowd

Biden in Asia: America Together?

Commentary / November 9, 2020
Southeast Asia Program Director Donald K. Emmerson considers how the incoming Biden administration's "internationalization" agenda may affect U.S.-Asia relations and partnerships with...
NPR's audio streaming logo next to a portrait of Oriana Skylar Mastro.

Update on Taiwan and China's Troubled Relationship: Oriana Skylar Mastro on NPR

Commentary / October 31, 2020
"The current threat is that the CCP is running out of patience, and their military is becoming more and more capable. So for the first time in its history, there's the option of taking...
Logo of the Observer Research Foundation's 'Armchair Strategist' podcast with portraits of Oriana Skylar Mastro and Arzan Tarapore

Assessing the Conventional Military Balance Between India and China

Commentary / October 9, 2020
Oriana Skylar Mastro and Arzan Tarapore join the Observer Research Foundation’s ‘Armchair Strategist’ podcast to discuss how the Indian and Chinese militaries stack up as tensions between the two...
[Left] The Impossible State by CSIS; [Right] Director Gi-Wook Shin

Democrartic Erosion in South Korea

Commentary / October 5, 2020
Gi-Wook Shin discusses the state of democracy in South Korea, and how democratic backsliding there fits into larger patterns of democratic decline underway across the globe.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) talks with India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (L) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in 2013.

China-India: Talk is Cheap, But Never Free

Commentary / September 29, 2020
Nations often hesitate to negotiate with opponents during conflict. But Oriana Skylar Mastro urges that this is precisely what India and China need to do in order to curb the potential for a...
A missile display in the Military Museum in Beijing, China.

The United States Must Avoid a Nuclear Arms Race with China

Commentary / September 22, 2020
Oriana Skylar Mastro explains why U.S. nuclear policy needs to minimize the role of nuclear weapons in the U.S.-China great power competition and pave the way for arms control.
Suga Yoshihide at a press conference at the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) headquarters.

Five Ways in Which Japan's New Prime Minister Suga is Different From Abe

Commentary / September 21, 2020
Yoshihide Suga has promised to continue many of Shinzo Abe's policies and goals, but APARC's Japan Program Director Kiyoteru Tsutsui explains how Suga's background, experience, and...
An Indian army soldier watches a fighter plane from a convoy of trucks in Gagangir, India.

India and China are Taking New Risks Along Their Border

Commentary / September 17, 2020
Will diplomacy help defuse the current tensions brewing along the India-China border? Arzan Tarapore analyzes why restoring peace between the two countries may prove difficult.
Japan's outing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and incoming Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga hold a flower bouquet

Suga Is Fit to Lead, But Are Voters Ready to Like Him?

Commentary / September 14, 2020
Japan's next prime minister is a deeply pragmatic, self-made man.
A regiment of the Indian Army practices in dress uniform for Republic Day

Rethinking the Defense Doctrine of India

Commentary / September 10, 2020
The security threats India faces along its borders require new strategies, and in order to manage and prevent future risks, the military needs to overhaul its traditional playbook of deterring and...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a podium with audience seen at the front

Three Hits and Three Misses: What is Prime Minister Abe’s Legacy?

Commentary / September 1, 2020
Despite this long period as prime minister, it is not entirely clear that Abe accomplished major policy goals.
A young boy prays after releasing a floating lantern onto the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan.

Why the US-Japan Partnership Prospered Despite Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Commentary / August 11, 2020
There has been little diplomatic conflict between the United States and Japan over the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WWII, but that stability could change in the future writes...
Leaders from the ASEAN league gather onstage at the 33rd ASEAN Summit in 2018 in Singapore.

Southeast Asia's Approach to China and the Future of the Region

Commentary / August 10, 2020
In an interview with The Diplomat, Donald Emmerson discusses how factors like the South China Sea, U.S.-China competition, and how COVID-19 are affecting relations between Southeast Asia, China, and...
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe of Japan and President Donald Trump of the United States walk alongside the White House in Washington D.C.

Don't Take Our Allies for Granted, Even Japan

Commentary / July 22, 2020
As political tensions in the Asia-Pacific increase, Kiyoteru Tsutsui, senior fellow and Japan Program director, cautions the United States from taking long-standing economic and military allies like...

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