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April 10th, 2014

History Wars in Northeast Asia

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: Foreign Affairs on April 10, 2014

Shorenstein APARC director Gi-Wook Shin and associate director for research Daniel C. Sneider argue the United States needs to tackle the wartime history issue as U.S. president Barack Obama heads to the Asia-Pacific. The full article is featured in Foreign Affairs. Read more »



March 26th, 2014

Who is East Asia’s Voldemort?

Shorenstein APARC, Japan Studies Program Op-ed: AlJazeera America on March 26, 2014

Recent public opinion polls in China and Japan expose a “striking degree of hostility,” highlighting a clash in narratives between the two countries. Phillip Lipscy says in an op-ed in AlJazeera America that Japan’s conservatives are “misguided in seeking to reinvigorate their country by revising history,” and instead should rally the country “around dreams of the future.” Read more »



March 17th, 2014

Eyes on Crimea, China makes its move

Shorenstein APARC, SEAF Op-ed: Asia Times Online on March 17, 2014

As the world is distracted by events in Crimea and the missing Malaysian jet, Donald Emmerson says that China could hardly have chosen a better time to blockade Phillipine ships and extend its hold over disputed territories. He argues that China is reinforcing its two-track approach: hosting futile discussions in ASEAN, while simultaneously, changing conditions in the South China Sea.




January 8th, 2014

Challenge and opportunity for Myanmar as it assumes 2014 ASEAN chair

Shorenstein APARC, SEAF Op-ed: Multilateral Matters (Singapore: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies)

Myanmar is chairing ASEAN in 2014, which marks the first time the country has assumed this position since its accession in 1997. The chairship offers a pivotal opportunity for Myanmar to provide leadership and display its recent progress toward liberalization. Southeast Asia Forum Director Don Emmerson considers prospects and challenges for Myanmar as its leads ASEAN. Read more »



January 7th, 2014

Japan-Korea Relations: Time for U.S. Intervention?

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: National Bureau of Asian Research on January 6, 2014

Daniel Sneider writes that relations between South Korea and Japan have noticeably deteriorated in the past few months. Sneider suggests a more active U.S. mediation role, such as appointing a special envoy or negotiating reparations, may better encourage reconciliation and normalization of relations. Read more »



December 20th, 2013

North Korea's strange, bloody mistake

Shorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on December 20, 2013

Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub analyze North Korea’s execution of Jang Song-taek and its implications on nuclear negotiation channels. They point out how Kim Jong Un’s leadership purge may prompt China to align more closely with the U.S. and South Korea on their likely push for heightened sanctions in the coming months.




December 19th, 2013

Elimination of Jang Song-taek contradicts usual narrative in North Korea

Shorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed

In this op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub discuss North Korea’s puzzling execution of Jang Song-taek and the social, economic, and political problems facing Kim Jong Un’s regime. They suggest that Jang’s execution may be an attempt to consolidate power and to shore-up support within the country. Shin and Straub point out that the revelations made to justify the purge and execution also act to delegitimize the regime by sending confused signals to the international community, in particular to China and South Korea over their recent economic engagement. They propose that the U.S., South Korea, and China may be able to use this as an opportunity to influence Kim and convince him to relinquish North Korea’s nuclear stockpile, among other goals. Read more »



December 16th, 2013

Suspicion and mutual distrust may threaten U.S.-China relationship

CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, SCP Op-ed: The Washington Quarterly

Thomas Fingar and former CISAC Visiting Scholar Fan Jishe write that the U.S.-China relationship is stronger and more interdependent than ever, but mutual suspicion and distrust persists. They argue that four decades of stability have taught Beijing and Washington how to manage their relationship. Read more »



August 26th, 2013

Diversity is Essential to Innovation

Shorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo

Korea should embrace diversity and multiculturalism in every sector of the society in order to achieve the "Creative Economy" that Park Geun-hye government promotes, says Professor Gi-Wook Shin in a Dong-A Ilbo op-ed.




June 26th, 2013

PRC-ROK summit underscores shared interests and common concerns

CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: The Financial Times (in Chinese language)

Shorenstein APARC experts comment that South Korean President Park Geun-hye's visit to China this week attests to the magnitude and importance of geostrategic changes in Northeast Asia. Read more »



June 12th, 2013

Mr. Abe's Scattershot Reforms

Shorenstein APARC, Japan Studies Program Op-ed: The Wall Street Journal Asia Edition on June 12, 2013

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for revitalizing the Japanese economy appears to offer something for everyone. Takeo Hoshi argues that before Mr. Abe makes any more announcements, he needs to focus his efforts on a few key priorities.




May 15th, 2013

Stanford scholar argues that time is running out for a two-state solution

CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: The Atlantic on May 14, 2013

CDDRL Director Larry Diamond argues in The Atlantic that there is no greater imperative for American interests in the Middle East- and no higher act of friendship that the U.S. can perform for Israel - than to help it find a way to a two-state solution before the option disappears. Read more »


As North Korea heats up, South Korea and Japan should warm ties

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: Christian Science Monitor on May 15, 2013

Sensitive wartime memories continue to resurface in Japan-South Korea relations, impeding important security collaboration efforts in Northeast Asia. Daniel Sneider describes the historical context and discusses recent events.




April 19th, 2013

Assessing the Syrian health crisis: the case of Lebanon

CDDRL, ARD Op-ed: The Lancet on April 18, 2013

In a piece for The Lancet, co-authored by CDDRL scholar Rajaie Batniji, the authors warn that the failure of the international community to address the crisis in Syria threatens health systems in Lebanon and other neighbouring nations. Read more »



April 1st, 2013

Presidents, Nuclear Reductions and the Senate

FSI Stanford, The Europe Center Op-ed: Up Front, Brookings Institute on March 14, 2013

Steven Pifer, director of the Brookings Arms Control Initiative, points out that nuclear reduction efforts have not always been accomplished through treaties requiring 2/3 majority in the Senate. Read more »


SORT vs. New START: Why the Administration is Leery of a Treaty

FSI Stanford, The Europe Center Op-ed: Up Front, Brookings Institute on March 15, 2013

Continuing his previous blog discussion on nuclear arms control efforts ("Presidents, Nuclear Reductions and the Senate", March 14, 2013) , Steven Pifer, director of the Brookings Institute Arms Control Initiative, points out that past experience with Republican senate partisanship makes alternatives to treaties the way to go for President Obama. Read more »



January 18th, 2013

Korea's new leadership should promote country abroad

Shorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo on January 14, 2013

Korea's new presidential administration should embrace the opportunity to provide more foreign aid, and to raise the profile of Korean technology and culture abroad, said Gi-Wook Shin in a recent Dong-A Ilbo op-ed.



The American pivot in Southeast Asia

Shorenstein APARC, SEAF Op-ed

"As much as China is front and center for the United States and Asia, the American pivot is not all about the dragon. It is also very much about the 10 member states of ASEAN," says Donald K. Emmerson in a recent opinion article.




January 16th, 2013

Failure to protect democracy in Mali opened path for grave atrocities

CDDRL, FSI Stanford Op-ed: New York Times on January 14, 2013

As French troops deployed to Mali this week to push back Islamist rebels, CDDRL Post-Doctoral Fellow Landry Signé writes in the New York Times that the failure to restore democracy sooner has descended the country into a devilish civil war with grave humanitarian consequences. Signé argues that Mali's West African neighbors and the international community should have acted earlier to restore peace and security to a country long recognized for its democratic stability. Read more »



January 9th, 2013

Obama and the betrayal of democracy in Bahrain

CDDRL, FSI Stanford, Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program Op-ed

In a piece for The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond shines light on the Obama administration's betrayal of democracy in the Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain. As security interests outweigh moral principles, Diamond details how the U.S. has turned its back on human rights activists and their popular aspirations for democracy. One such activist is Abduljalil al-Singance, a 2007 Draper Hills Summer Fellow, who was tortured at the hands of the Bahraini regime and recently sentenced to life imprisonment. Read more »



January 7th, 2013

Qatar's involvement in Libya

CDDRL, ARD Op-ed: World Peace Foundation blog on January 7, 2013

Lina Khatib comments on Qatari foreign policy with special reference to Libya in a piece published by the World Peace Foundation on the WPF Blog. Read more »



December 7th, 2012

Image politics in the Middle East

CDDRL, ARD Op-ed: LSE Middle East Center Blog on December 7, 2012

Marking the publication of Lina Khatib's new book, Image Politics in the Middle East: The Role of the Visual in Political Struggle (2012), Khatib comments on the centrality of the visual in the politics of the region for the LSE Middle East Center blog. Read more »



November 23rd, 2012

A Vaccine to Curb Addicts' Highs

CHP/PCOR Op-ed: The Wall Street Journal on November 23, 2012

New research shows that our immune system can mute the effects of cocaine and other stimulant drugs.




November 15th, 2012

North Korea not a major U.S. focus

Shorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo on November 10, 2012

In a recent Dong-A Ilbo op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin says that North Korea is not a priority in current U.S. foreign policy.




November 9th, 2012

How marijuana legalization will affect Mexico’s cartels, in charts

CHP/PCOR Op-ed: The Washington Post on November 9, 2012

The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has “changed the rules of the game” for the administration of Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto in the U.S.-backed drug war, according to a report by the Washington Post’s William Booth.




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