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North Asia

Geopolitics

Russia, China and Central Asia: Cooperation over Competition

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Central Asia has become an important arena of collaboration for Russia and China, with Moscow focusing on the region's security and Beijing promoting trade and commerce

Politics

Challenging Days Ahead for Taiwan’s Re-elected Leader

Thursday, January 16, 2020

In her second term, Tsai Ing-wen will need to navigate a tricky path between hardliners in her pro-independence party and Beijing.

Politics

Taiwan’s Elections Highlight a Generation Gap

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Taiwan elections revealed a wide generation gap among voters. A reason for this gulf is the use of social media and different perspectives on divisive social issues.

Security

U.S. Attack on Syria Makes Fraying World Order Worse

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The world is once again in dismay after the use of chemical weapons was reported in Douma. In response, the U.S. struck, together with the UK and France, chemical weapons facilities in Syria on April 13 and 14. The stated purpose was to uphold international law, but the action could have far-reaching—and destabilizing—consequences.

Security

Trump and the Nuclear World Order

Thursday, March 22, 2018

In its Nuclear Posture Review released in February 2018, the Trump administration introduced new types of weapons and expanded the circumstances for justifying their use. This reverses nuclear arms control gains acquired through decades of delicate global negotiations.

Economy

Why Inequality Divergence Between China and Russia?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

China and Russia followed two distinct approaches to reform, leading to drastically different trajectories of economic growth. While both countries have experienced rising inequality over the last 30 years, Russia’s income distribution has worsened at a faster pace and in a bigger magnitude. What caused the difference in income distribution dynamics between the two? There are important lessons to be learned on the impact of policy decisions on inequality.