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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.
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.
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...
Stanford colonnade with text announcing open nominations for the 2021 Shorenstein Journalism Award by February 15.

Nominations Open for 2021 Shorenstein Journalism Award

News / December 3, 2020
Sponsored by Stanford University’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, the annual award recognizes outstanding journalists and journalism organizations for excellence in coverage of the Asia-...
A warship sailing in the South China Sea and a photo of three soldiers standing guard in front of a Chinese traditional building

China’s South China Sea Strategy Prioritizes Deterrence Against the US, Says Stanford Expert

News / December 1, 2020
Analysis by FSI Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro reveals that the Chinese military has taken a more active role in China’s South China Sea strategy, but not necessarily a more aggressive one.
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...
Oriana Skylar Mastro at a conference

Center Fellow Oriana Skylar Mastro Discusses How Her Scholarship and Military Career Impact One Another

Q&A / November 17, 2020
An expert on Chinese military and security issues, Mastro also talks about how her learning style informs her teaching style.
Stanford students participate in class.

University Entrepreneurship Programs May Not Increase Entrepreneurship Rates, Stanford Researchers Find

News / November 13, 2020
A study by Yong Suk Lee, the deputy director of APARC’s Korea Program, and Management Science and Engineering professor Charles Eesley investigates the efficacy of two major Stanford entrepreneurship...
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...
A discussion of contemporary Southeast Asian politics with Donald K. Emmerson and Ann Marie Murphy at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

Donald Emmerson Outlines Southeast Asia's Need to Balance Regional Politics and Influnce from China

News / November 3, 2020
Southeast Asia Program Director Donald Emmerson joined the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations for a discussion with Ann Marie Murphy on his new edited volume, "The Deer and the Dragon:...
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...

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