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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.

Did North Korea Violate International Agreements?

Mixed signals from the Trump Administration raise questions about whether the US is willing to punish DPRK violation of UN Security Council resolutions.

Globalization with Chinese Characteristics

Italy recently made the news with the announcement that it had decided to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), making it the first G7 nation to do so. The BRI has become one of China’s signature foreign policy and economic initiatives. Many states in Central and South Asia, as well as some in Africa,…

Government-Led Innovation: China’s Path to the First World

China’s central government is driving a massive innovation campaign. This has the potential to rapidly transition China from a cheap goods manufacturer to a technological powerhouse. It could also fail miserably.

Taiwan’s Inexorable Drift from China

While China aggressively pushes for Taiwan to reunify under China, Taiwanese identity continues to decouple from Chinese identity.

China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The end to the U.S.—status quo?

As the US increasingly vacates its leadership role within international institutions, China seeks to fill the gap through regional institutions it dominates. This implies potential shifts in how multilateralism is practiced.

Sanctions are Driving Market Reforms in North Korea

The United States faces pressure from South Korea to ease sanctions on North Korea in hopes it will speed liberalizing reforms. This would be a mistake.