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February 14, 2017

Frederic Neumann took on the imposing task of analyzing challenges facing Asia today and deliberating over its future prospects. Neumann described the present situation as a balancing act involving delicate and difficult choices in the midst of miscellaneous pressures.

The discussion started with a brief history of how the West and the East have gotten where they are today; the former stagnating and the latter soaring. He attributed the troubles in the West as the fallout of the 2008 financial c...

During his visit to Seoul this month, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sent South Korean policymakers into a tizzy when he suggested to a group of U.S. service members that, given the North Korean threat, it was time to bring Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD to the Korean peninsula.  Seoul’s displeasure with Kerry’s remarks caused officials from both the U.S. State and Defense Departments to rush to clarify the secretary’s statements. Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm...

          U.S. plans to move forward with deploying its foremost advanced missile defense system, the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD), to South Korea in emergency situations, has raised hackles in Northeast Asia. For years, the idea of deploying THAAD on the Korean peninsula has been a source of contention between the two treaty allies and China and Russia who now accuse the allies of sacrificing regional security for their own.  This is an accusation Seoul...

September 10, 2014

This is a re-post from a separate article at Quartz.

The six million followers of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have been surprised to see a new language on his twitter feed: Japanese. On August 28, Modi issued seven tweets in Japanese, expressing his admiration for Japanese society and respect for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


A flurry of retweets from Shinzo Abe’s official twitter feed followed. He then expressed his own respect and admiration for India and Modi in a series of t...

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