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East & Pacific Asia

Parasite’s Triumph is a Victory for International Cinema, but Has a Precedent Really Been Set?

Winning Best Picture this year, Parasite becomes the first international film to do so. This article examines the impact this may have for future foreign films and whether the US is at the precipice of a new relationship with international cinema.

China’s Penghu Island Annexation Shows Taiwan Was Never Too Far Off

The Chinese Navy has surrounded the Penghu Islands, located kilometers off the Taiwanese coast. Seen as a warning and a rebuke to Taiwan’s recent rapid foreign policy shift away from China, this piece examines what China might want and how Taiwan can respond.

China’s Geocultural Influence Reaches New Heights as the U.S. Fades from View

As we mark the first year since the United States’ withdrawal from UNESCO, what does the future hold for American geocultural influence and who is waiting in the wings to fill the void?

Partnering for Peace: The U.S. Will Need Help with North Korea

Should United States President Donald Trump be reelected this November, his biggest obstacle to a successful North Korean foreign policy will be achieving cooperation with necessary partners China and South Korea.

North Korea’s Nuclear Security Blanket

North Korea's nuclear weapons are a major hurdle in any attempt to denuclearize the Korean peninsula due to the perception that they create a security blanket for the Kim regime.

COVID-19 Collaboration Presents Opportunity to Reduce U.S.-China Tensions

Without closer scientific collaboration between China and the U.S., COVID-19 may well present increasing parts of the globe with a deadly fait accompli.

North Korea’s Submarines are not yet a Threat

North Korea does not yet have a meaningful submarine nuclear deterrent. However, that does not mean, though, that military planners should ignore it.

Phones and Force: The Geostrategy of Smartphones in an Era of US-Chinese Competition

Smartphones will gain geostrategic significance. The Gulf States, through Apple and Huawei, have aligned with the United States and China, respectively. Their strategic importance makes them noteworthy test cases in the rising geostrategic significance of supply chains.

Maritime Security on the Korean Peninsula: The Story of the Northern Limit Line

North Korea denuclearization may provide a path to ending violent clashes along the Northern Limit line, a long disputed maritime demarcation between North and South Korea.

Shrimp vs. Whale: South Korea’s Response to Japan’s Trade Restrictions

Japan and South Korea are locked in a tit-for-tat trade dispute after Japan levied trade restrictions on Korea’s biggest industry. The new restrictions have galvanized the Korean people, fraying high-Level ties between the two nations and sparking the grassroots Boycott Japan Movement in South Korea.

Hong Kong’s Fight for True Democracy Comes as an Inconvenience to Others

For the thirteenth consecutive week, massive community mobilization is underway in Hong Kong as protestors fight to safeguard their freedoms and hold the government accountable for abuses of power. As the power struggle between Beijing and Hong Kong ensues, protestors must also handle trivializing criticism from outsiders.

Espionage and Discrimination in Science: China’s Complicated Role

China is stealing research secrets from institutions around the world. As a result, Chinese scientists are more likely to experience discrimination in research settings. Are policymakers stuck choosing between securing research and securing civil rights?