Northeast Asia is rife with potential conflict, given US-China great power rivalry, ongoing differences over interpretations of history between Korea and Japan and between China and Japan, simmering maritime disputes in the East and South China Seas, and worries that tensions could escalate between Taiwan and the Mainland under the US presidency of Donald J. Trump. The articles in this cover package of Global Asia argue that now is the time for players in the region to embrace “strategic diplomacy.”
What is strategic diplomacy and how can it reinvigorate analysis and understanding of policy issues in the region?
At the core of China’s thinking is its effort to use global partnerships to define a new type of relationship with Washington.
Getting past the policy blunders that have seen the world fail to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
Amid heightened maritime tensions, relations appear headed toward greater competition, including on the Korean Peninsula.
Strategic choices are crucial, and political integration needs to drive the strategic diplomacy of Korean unification.
It offers a lens to analyze how Taiwanese elites have constructed and use historical memory.
A measured approach to this vital region by the US is necessary in this time of transition.
The US-led post-war regional order is disintegrating, and Washington and Beijing must forge a new understanding.
Rapid advances in technology, growing ability to manipulate digital information and the emergence of virtual reality are posing existential questions for human civilization.
The influence-peddling scandal’s origins lie in the authoritarian past, and the eventual outcome may cause the country to enter a new era of genuine reform.
An arbitral ruling against China in its dispute with the Philippines over the South China Sea has unleashed a cascade of reactions that could see US influence in the region diminish.
A rising power in the Indian Ocean, India should be well suited to mediate given its growing strategic aspirations and rising capabilities. But would it be allowed to?
Economic woes and the military junta’s stranglehold on political discourse and free speech continue to make the country’s future difficult to discern.
With the TPP in trouble, what are the options?
The future is unclear. Can America again provide leadership on trade, or will it abdicate this role to China?
With uncertainties over TPP and RCEP, Japan must work with its neighbors to tap its potential.
The need to review the TPP, changing regional architecture and a role in future mega-FTAs.
Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866-1945.
New titles by John Pomfret; Sheena Chestnut Greitens; Jae Ho Chung; James Church; Daniel Quinn Mills and Steven Rosefielde; Minxin Pei; Robert A. Saunders; Manuel Castells; Leslie T. Chang; Branko Milanovic; Jieun Baek; Yoichi Funabashi and Koichi Nakano