International Security

Catch-Up: Read the Latest Research and Commentary from the Asia Program

At the Asia Program, our experts and scholars are always producing new research and analysis on a rapidly changing region.  Our most recent pieces look at North Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan to explore foreign policy, diplomacy, military strategy, and trade.  All of our reports are available for download on our website.  You can also sign up for our mailing lists to be updated about upcoming events, recent publications, and other news. 

In Syria, Moscow Is Defending a Narrative, Not a Country

Russia condemned the U.S.-led military strikes launched early last Saturday against targets in Syria. Russia responded by convening an emergency session of the UN Security Council, which then rejected a Russian-backed resolution denouncing the strike. The limited scope of the Western operation may have come as a relief to Moscow, but one could sense the disappointment underlying Moscow’s reaction.

Hope for Peaceful Resolution on the Korean Peninsula?

Is it possible, after all the heated rhetoric between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump, to reach a peaceful resolution to the ongoing nuclear standoff? Jean H. Lee, Director of the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy, previews the proposed summit in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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What's Next for U.S.-Russia Relations?

With the recent expulsion of US, European, and Russia diplomats, the crisis in U.S.-Russian relations continues to escalate.  Is there any sign of a thaw in the relationship in the near future?  We asked Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, to provide analysis in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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A More Secure World: The Role of Population and Family Planning in Peace and Security

Population dynamics, including changes in age structure, may impact peace and security in fragile and developing states. Today’s young people are the largest generation of youth in the history of the world, and where governments are not able to provide them with the education, services, and employment they need, instability may arise. And in conflict-affected areas, the security of women and girls is further compromised by lack of access to reproductive health care and family planning.

Ideological Competition in the Indo-Pacific

As the geopolitical competition between China and the United States heats up, most analyses have focused on China’s growing military power, China’s audacious Belt and Road Initiative to build infrastructure across the region and place itself at the center of the region’s geopolitical destiny, the administration’s still-gestating

Japan’s Strategic Power in International Relations

The so-called lost two decades of Japan’s economic power since the early 1990s have generated the idea that Japan is no longer a significant player. Instead, policymakers and academics alike now focus far more on the rise of China. In Re-rising Japan: Its Strategic Power in International Relations,  Yoichiro Sato and Hidekazu Sakai challenge this idea head-on with evidence that Japan is actually a major power in today’s international relations where the interests and power of the United States and China have increasingly clashed over many issues.

Olga Oliker: "Russia Is Left Holding the Bag on Syria"

In a Russia File conversation with Olga Oliker, we discuss Russia’s foreign policy choices against the background of uncertainty as to where and how the United States plans to be active.

 

Do you think Rex Tillerson’s dismissal has anything to do with Russia? What would a former CIA director would be like as secretary of state?

 

Eyes on Mongolia as Uncertainties in Asia Rise

Rich in natural resources but land-locked. A young democracy but an ancient civilization that has shaped regional history. A nation at the heart of Asia but sandwiched between two major powers.

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