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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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      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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      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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      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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      Can Trust Be Verified? Managing 5G Risk in Southeast Asia

      Commentary / May 9, 2019

      Nothing can fully protect a country from secret malfeasance involving the company it hires to provide and maintain its 5th generation wireless system (5G). But certain steps can lessen the risk.

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      Do Innovation Subsidies Make Chinese Firms More Innovative?

      Commentary / May 7, 2019

      Motivated by the realization that China’s economic growth model is about to become obsolete, the Chinese government has been using various subsidies to encourage innovations by Chinese firms. This study examines the allocation and impacts of innovation subsidies, using the data from the China Employer Employee Survey (CEES).

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      Forum Discusses Japan-U.S. Cooperation in Determining Regional Order

      News / May 3, 2019

      On Thursday, the third Asia-Pacific Geo-Economic Strategy Forum (APGEO) saw discussion on issues of international strategic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific with a particular focus on the U.S.-Japan relationship. Speakers included experts on defense and foreign affairs, including former U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and former Japanese Ministers of Defense.

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      How to Keep the Ball Rolling on North Korean Negotiations

      Commentary / May 2, 2019

      The current stalemate should not be taken as a restless waiting game or a prelude to dejected failure. The situation is frustrating and nerve-wracking to some, but the good news is that neither side is willing to close the window of talks and jump off the lurching — but still running — train of diplomacy.

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      At Carleton College, APARC Scholars Lay Out North Korea's Economic Quandary

      Commentary / May 1, 2019

      Scholar Andray Abrahamian organized many projects to promote economic change in North Korea over the past decade, including that country’s first two ultimate frisbee tournaments. So when he spoke at Carleton College in Northfield last week, the first thing Abrahamian did was acknowledge the school’s prominence in the sport. [Its intercollegiate team is a perennial power and most of the school’s students play in intramural leagues.]

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      Q&A with Postdoctoral Fellow Sarita Panday

      Q&A / April 23, 2019

      Sarita Panday’s personal and professional journey from a childhood in a small village in Nepal to an academic career that has taken her across the globe to Australia, Europe, and now Stanford is a story that speaks to the power of education as a life-transforming and world-changing force. Sarita is our 2018-19 postdoctoral fellow in Asia health policy and her research focuses on improving maternal health service provision in Nepal.

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      China Economics Expert Urges Pragmatic Approach to U.S. Engagement with China

      News / April 17, 2019


      By 1978, after the “epic impoverishment” borne of Mao’s non-market, ideologically-driven economy, China was almost like “a hot air balloon [that had been held] ten feet underwater” and suddenly let go, described Daniel Rosen, founding partner of the Rhodium Group, before an audience at a recent colloquium organized by Shorenstein APARC’s China Program.

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      Between Hope and Caution: One American’s View of Indonesia’s Election

      Commentary / April 15, 2019

      On April 17, Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country and the third largest democracy after India and America, goes to the polls. APARC’s Don Emmerson reflects on what the fifth national election means for the twenty year old democracy.

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