Why Joe Biden Must Act on Myanmar

Apr 14, 2021

Burma, as Myanmar was known then, won its independence from the British in 1948. Since then, bilateral relations between the US and Myanmar can at best be described as lackluster. They have lacked what experts would call “strategic compulsions.” Western allies of the US lack strategic calculus...

Japan’s Art of Forgetfulness
Apr 14, 2021

Japan’s Art of Forgetfulness

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia
Apr 13, 2021

Peter Thiel’s Bitcoin Paranoia

Escaping Thucydides’ Trap: Keeping the Peace Between Rising and Reigning Powers
Apr 05, 2021

Escaping Thucydides’ Trap: Keeping the Peace Between Rising and Reigning Powers

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea

It’s Time to Act, Not React, on North Korea

Mar 30, 2021

Although things have been quiet in recent months and there has been no active dialogue between North Korea and the United States, developments in recent days suggest that Pyongyang is back on the agenda of the international community. First, it became known that the US has been reaching out to...

How Stable Is Antony Blinken’s Idea of Stability?

How Stable Is Antony Blinken’s Idea of Stability?

Mar 23, 2021

We recently observed in this column that US President Joe Biden’s embrace of an anti-Russia, Cold War mentality may have been guided by the desire to comfort media outlets such as MSNBC and The New York Times, which over the past five years have staked their reputations on that same commitment....

China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

Mar 19, 2021

Not a single congressional Republican voted for the recent $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Not even the so-called moderate Republicans, the handful who backed the second impeachment of former US President Donald Trump, deigned to support an economic package that helps Americans hardest hit by the...

A Deeper Look into Hong Kong’s Evolution

A Deeper Look into Hong Kong’s Evolution

Mar 18, 2021

In the wake of dramatic protests that Western media have covered extensively over the past two years, Keith Zhai and Chun Han Wong, writing for The Wall Street Journal, report that changes are about to take place in Hong Kong. Whether the planned changes will appease last year’s protesters...

Press Freedom in the Philippines: Death by a Thousand Cuts

Press Freedom in the Philippines: Death by a Thousand Cuts

Mar 11, 2021

In less than two years, the editor-in-chief and CEO of the independent news site Rappler, Maria Ressa, has been issued 10 arrest warrants. The latest accusations against her involve tax evasion and failure to file accurate tax returns, which she testified against on March 4, 2021, before the Court...

Making Journalism Dependent on Facebook Is Not the Answer

Making Journalism Dependent on Facebook Is Not the Answer

Feb 22, 2021

The battle of media titans over their profits — and our data — triggered by Australia’s attempt to make Google and Facebook pay for the news they use has little to do with the public interest. If we are worried about the quality of news and information, there’s not much to choose between...

Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

Can Chinawood Win Soft Power for Beijing?

Feb 19, 2021

With movie theaters closed all over the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hollywood studios had little reason for celebration over the past year. In business for over a century, Universal Pictures (founded in 1912), Paramount (1912), Warner Bros. (1923), Walt Disney (1923) and Columbia Pictures...

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China

Fault Lines in Biden’s Approach to China

Feb 18, 2021

So far, the White House has undertaken a flurry of activity designated to back up President Joe Biden’s pledge to be tough-minded on China. He has warned that Beijing will face “extreme competition” from the United States. Taiwan’s top representative was invited to the presidential...

Who Would Bet on a Future Olympics?

Who Would Bet on a Future Olympics?

Feb 15, 2021

We didn’t suspect it at the time, but the 2016 Rio Olympics may have been the last ever summer games. There were clues. Until 2015, most of us hadn’t even heard of the Zika virus. First identified in 1947, it is transmitted by mosquitoes, typically causing asymptomatic or mild infection but...

How Tough Is Biden Prepared to Look?

How Tough Is Biden Prepared to Look?

Feb 11, 2021

A week after taking office, US President Joe Biden made a point of breaking with the position of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who famously blamed China for deliberately spreading the coronavirus. Trump insisted on calling it the Wuhan flu, Kung flu or any other xenophobic alternative. Coming to...

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