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CFR experts give their take on the cutting-edge issues emerging in Asia today.

Unfinished Business: The Futenma Story

by Sheila A. Smith Friday, November 13, 2009

As President Obama gets ready to visit Tokyo, much of the media coverage focuses on the high politics of the U.S.-Japan alliance. Is this tension a temporary affliction caused by the transition in Tokyo? Or is this the sign that the bilateral relationship has run aground, and will need a serious repair effort? All eyes are on the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the new government, and its first test of alliance management. Read more »

China’s ‘Green Sputnik’?

by Elizabeth C. Economy Monday, November 9, 2009

Last month I testified before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China in Washington, D.C. The commission, which is co-chaired by Senator Byron L. Dorgan and Representative Sander M. Levin, monitors closely China’s record on human rights and the rule of law, and sets out recommendations for improvements in both of these areas. Read more »

What Can We Explore to Enhance the U.S.-ROK Alliance?

by Guest Blogger for Scott A. Snyder Sunday, November 1, 2009
U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak giving a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington DC June 16, 2009 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Assemblyman Hwang Jin-ha is the Chairman of the Second Policy Coordination Committee of the Grand National Party.

The traditional strategic foundation of the U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance has been security cooperation based exclusively on bilateral issues. Today, the alliance is faced with a complex set of future challenges and opportunities in a regional and global context beyond the Korean Peninsula. It is imperative for the Republic of Korea and the United States to articulate a joint vision and, accordingly, make mutual efforts to attain common strategic goals for a deeper, broader, and global alliance. Read more »