Trust is a central concept in international affairs. Nations that do not cultivate, build and nurture trust in their relations with other countries can see their pursuit of peace and prosperity engulfed by animosities that, if not properly managed, can even lead to war. This is especially true in Northeast Asia.
President Park Geun-hye articulated an approach to the country's foreign and domestic policy that placed trust at the center of policy making and implementation. It goes well beyond just inter-Korean relations. By Yun Byung-se
How trust is conceived and engendered differs significantly depending on the school of international relations theory to which one adheres. By Richard Ned Lebow
A snapshot of public opinion among residents of South Korea, Japan, China and the United States showing markedly differing levels of favor towards each other's countries. Compiled by Tae-Seop Bahng, Senior Fellow at the Samsung Economic Research Institute
The history of American foreign policy shows that the US has placed its trust in things other than the divine to secure its role in the international order, especially in terms of its strong transatlantic relations. By Charles A. Kupchan
China's leaders are acutely aware that the country's growing economic might and its increasing voice in international affairs are stirring concerns about how it will employ its newfound power and influence in the future. By Wang Yizhou
Japan's colonization of Korea and military aggression toward China in the first half of the last century left a lasting legacy of mistrust. By Yoshihide Soeya
South Korea and North Korea are locked in a devilishly tangled series of policy dilemmas, a Rubik's Cube of complex alternatives. President Park Geun-hye's trust-building initiatives may hold the key to solve the puzzle. By Alexandre Y. Mansourov
Long held friendship between South Korea and the US can be sorely strained when the testy issue of money comes into play. It’s time for transparency from the US. By Myung-bok Bae
The countries of Southeast Asia appear to have largely overcome past differences and are embarked on a trust-based project to build a closer regional community. By Mohamed Jawhar Hassan
In sending asylum-seekers to camps in a violent country unprepared for the social upheaval, Australia has surrendered moral authority. By Graeme McGregor
Australia must balance many competing demands in choosing what resources it can provide to share the global refugee burden, but it still has a world-class resettlement program for asylum-seekers. By Andrew Markus
Solutions to the South China Sea disputes are difficult to find, given the vastly different views of governments across Southeast Asia, as well as China, the US and other stakeholders. By Andrew Billo
It’s too early to tell whether Psy, the artist of 'Gangnam Style', is blazing a global trail for other South Korean artists, because it is so unique. By Jung-Sun Park
Given the cultural, historical and religious differences between Asia and the West, is it time for a concept of non-Western democracy, wonders Alexei D. Voskressenski.
The legacy of the Korean War continues to affect the people of Northeast Asia, the Asia-Pacific region and the wider world. By Haruki Wada
If hopes of a unified future for this divided nation are ever to be fulfilled, the starting point must be trust-building between the nations involved. By Chung-in Moon
Singapore's founding father was an expert on molding his small city-state into a success. But how would he have fared in charge of a complex nation? A new compilation of his thoughts, Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master's Insights on China, the United States,
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