The dangers present on the Korean Peninsula are clear for all to see. For anyone in doubt, North Korea’s May 25th nuclear test put that to rest. What is less clear is how the nuclear issue, succession polititcs and other uncertainties will play out.
North Korea's latest nuclear and missile tests have forced the young administration of US President Barack Obama to grapple with policy toward the Korean Peninsula perhaps sooner than it wanted.
Reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il may have tapped his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, to be his successor surprised the world and set off a flurry of speculation about whether the country's military leadership would fall into line.
North Korea's leadership seems intent on clawing back from the economic reforms of 2002, despite evidence that reform is the only alternative to economic collapse.
North Korea's current political and economic system is unsustainable. Its experiment with market forces in 2002 ironically unleashed social behavior that threatens to weaken the government's control.
Nowhere has the terrible price of North Korea's political and economic system been more visible than in the state of the country's environment. Peter Hayes takes stock of the damage and points to a way out of the mess.
The debate over the future of North Korea often hinges on the belief that its current political and economic system is simply unsustainable. But what will replace the system if it passes or is transformed?
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea Yu Myung-hwan outlines how the summit could prove to be a milestone in ushering in a new era of even stronger cooperation between Korea and ASEAN.
Less than two months after US President Barack Obama took office, China and the US found themselves embroiled in a dispute over a US spy ship in the waters off China's southern coast.
After initially seeking an accommodation with the Taliban in the Swat Valley, the Pakistani government is now trying to defeat the Taliban militarily.
Japan has long prided itself on its homogenous society. But with the country's population set to plunge in the years ahead, the demand for foreign workers and a more open immigration policy will test the country's cultural insularity.
Since a military coup toppled the government of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in 2006, the country, which has since returned to democratic rule, has been plagued by increasingly strident political conflict.
Asia and the countries of the Gulf are a match made in heaven: the former accounts for the bulk of the world's growth in oil demand, while the latter dominates world oil exports. But the links between the two regions go much deeper than oil.
Former South Korean Prime Minister Myong-sook Han's eulogy at the funeral on May 29 of former President Roh Moo-hyun, who leapt to his death from a cliff in his hometown village of Bonghwa, plunging the nation and the world into shock.
Japan’s Open Future: An Agenda for Global Citizenship: The authors cast global citizenship as an aspiration for Japan's future.
The mass killing of stray dogs in Bangalore in early 2007 shocked and horrified the veteran Indian journalist Hiranmay Karlekar. He turned it into a mirror of human aggression.