U.S. Foreign Policy

Southeast Asia’s Balancing Act

It has been said so often that it has become a trope. Broadly speaking, the nations of Southeast Asia do not want to be forced to choose between China and the United States. The logic of this is straightforward–good relations with each great power offers unique benefits, and those in Southeast Asia would prefer to enjoy those benefits without risk or cost. Yet a closer analysis of dynamics in Southeast Asia, especially in the past 12 months, suggests a far more complex–and for the United States, troubling–dynamic is at play.
 

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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. 

The Crown Prince Completes His U.S. Visit: Mission Accomplished?

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed bin Salman concluded his coast-to-coast U.S. tour and has moved on to various European capitals. Has his so-called “charm offensive” worked, and what does it mean for the future of U.S.-Saudi relations?  We asked Wilson Center’s Middle East Fellow David Ottaway to provide highlights and analysis in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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Death of a Bromance?

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe prepares to visit Washington later this month, it’s clear that his upcoming meeting with President Trump won’t be an easy one, to say the least. At his previous meetings with the U.S. president, issues of potential conflict were averted to concentrate instead on the positive relationship. This time around, though, conflict will be inevitable since there will be a number of must-gets by Abe in order for the talks to be deemed as a success.

Award-Winning Reporter Jean Lee to Lead Wilson Center’s Korea Studies

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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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When Trump Meets Kim

The long-simmering crisis between North Korea and the United States has reached a new, consequential phase. President Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be a decisive moment in a struggle that has lasted since the United States first suspected North Korea of harboring nuclear ambitions in the 1980s. Regardless of how the summit may transpire, one thing is clear: this challenge, and the geopolitics of East Asia, will never be the same again.
 

The Month in U.S. - China Relations (March 2018) 中美关系月报

In March 2016, a letter calling for President Xi Jinping’s resignation surfaced online right before the National People’s Congress (NPC) was set to take place. The authors, referred to only as “loyal Communist Party members,” cited concerns about Xi’s concentration of power and crackdown on dissent.

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