The December 2013 purge and execution of Jang Song Thaek, who was often described as the No. 2 in North Korea, came four months after the ruling Korean Worker’s Party announced that the Ten Points of the Monolithic Ideological System, the basic tenets of the unitary leadership system in North Korea, had been updated for the new leader, Kim Jong Un.
Few would question the assertion that the U.S.-China relationship is the predominant factor in Asian power interactions. All Asian capitals keep a very close eye on bilateral dealings between these two giants, in particular to see how they will affect their own relations with them.
Report on a December 11, 2001, Wilson Center Conference focused on three major challenges posed by China's membership in the WTO: adjust in the rural sector; the impact on China's state run enterprises; and the myriad adjustments China will make as it meets its WTO obligations. Click on the attachment for a free PDF version.
Asia Program Distinguished Fellow K.V. Kesavan published a piece on Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
In a September 30 op-ed in Pakistan's The News newspaper, Public Policy Scholar Maleeha Lodhi weighs in on the challenges facing President Obama as he considers a strategy shift in Afghanistan.