The potential of summit diplomacy to break deadlocks in seemingly intractable problems in international relations was on full display earlier this year, with summits between the leaders of South Korea and North Korea, and the historic summit in June between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, reversing, for now, what seemed to be a collision course between Washington and Pyongyang. The hard work, however, lies ahead.
Summits in the last two years have been important markers in the evolving diplomatic landscape in the region.
2018’s North Korean heads-of-state meetings are part of a broader history of summit diplomacy in Asia.
The unprecedented Trump-Kim Singapore summit held promise for a breakthrough in the US-North Korea conflict — but the lack of follow-through raises doubts.
If one digs into the details of what is possible, there is a path toward a less dangerous Korean Peninsula.
Difficult issues still lie ahead and the process must face a shifting political reality in Washington.
China’s president is cautious enough not to let his summits with both South and North Korea destabilize relations with either.
The prospects for an Abe-Kim summit — and how Japanese policy will have to adjust to make it happen.
But after rapid domestic expansion, Beijing’s blueprint envisages vastly expanding China’s role in nuclear power generation in developing economies worldwide.
The prime minister’s push to amend Article 9 — on Japan’s eschewing of a military force — has triggered much debate. But other contradictions embedded in that debate make it less crucial than it appears.
Uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration’s foreign policy, among both allies and adversaries, has introduced a new dynamic in relations among China, India and Japan.
In taking on the widely respected journalist Maria Ressa and her pioneering website Rappler, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte may have met his match. Media freedom is at stake.
Can the China-initiated grouping be as effective in promoting economic ambitions as it has been in pursuing security matters?
The 2017 forum in Beijing attracted many world leaders. But it not yet clear if it can be a new venue for Chinese influence.
If the three leaders could together address regional and even global problems, their summits could help peace and prosperity in Asia.
Pressure is on for China and other countries to complete the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership trade agreement. It will be hard work.
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