Hong Kong Standoff: A Look at the Big Picture

Crowds of protesters are shrinking, talks are scheduled, but frustrations on both sides remain. While many in the press and elsewhere are quick to reference the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, Robert Daly explains how what’s happening today is different in many ways.

Can China Prevent “Western Cultural Infiltration?”

Chinese leaders have identified U.S. and Western culture as threats to Chinese values and society. But as China becomes more engaged with the world, is it possible to encourage foreign investment while avoiding the power of pop culture?

Video Series: Who Owns the Arctic?

Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region. In this video series, "Who Owns the Arctic?" an international panel of experts describes why one of the world’s coldest environments is becoming a hot topic.

Cooperation or Conflict: Perspectives on the South China Sea

Tensions over territorial claims continue to percolate in the South China Sea. Questions and concerns about China’s intentions and actions are hot topics in the Philippines and Vietnam. Can the U.S., given the stated intention to “rebalance to Asia,” play an important role in sorting out competing claims?

Who Owns The Arctic Part 7: Regional or Global Resource?

In this Context interview, Willy Østreng, Senior Researcher and Chairman of the Research Institute Ocean Futures in Oslo, shared his thoughts on the Arctic and how to best approach such a fragile ecosystem.

Who Owns The Arctic Part 6: Focus on the United States

The United States will soon begin a term chairing The Arctic Council. Will it make the Arctic a priority and does the U.S. have a clear strategy for the region? Heather Conley discusses the view from the US in part 6 of the CONTEXT series, “Who Owns The Arctic?”

U.S.-China Cooperation: RIMPAC and the Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Recent naval exercises in the Pacific, including China’s navy for the first time, will be followed by the latest iteration of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Should we expect major, or even minor, progress during a tense moment in the relationship between the two nations? Robert Daly provides perspective.

Who Owns The Arctic Part 5: Focus on Russia

In this Context interview, Marlene Laruelle, Russia expert, shared her thoughts on Russia’s leading role as an Arctic nation and how it might react to a China-US partnership in the region.

Who Owns The Arctic Part 4: Focus on China

In this Context interview, Anne-Marie Brady, associate professor in Political Science at the University of Canterbury, provided insight into China’s goals for the region and possibilities for Chinese collaboration with the United States.

Who Owns The Arctic Part 3: Who Makes the Rules?

In this Context interview, Rob Huebert, associate professor in Political Science at the University of Calgary, spoke on the jurisdictional questions surrounding the earth’s northern pole.