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May 30th, 2014

Hecker and Davis: Keep collaborating with Russia on nuclear security

CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed

In this commentary in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Siegfried Hecker and Peter Davis argue the United States must continue cooperating with the Russians on nuclear security despite worsening ties over Moscow's actions in Ukraine. Read more »



May 28th, 2014

The American Calculus of Military Intervention

CISAC, FSI Stanford Op-ed

Debates on military intervention are complicated by a network of political, security and economic interests that must be balanced when contemplating this option. In this IISS commentary, CISAC's Karl Eikenberry talks about how four factors heavily influence the current calculus. Read more »



May 22nd, 2014

You're Never Too Old to Be Studied

CHP/PCOR Op-ed: The New York Times on May 22, 2014

When older patients seek health care, they are unwittingly enrolling in an experiment: Will medical procedures that have been proved effective mainly on the young also help the elderly?




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 31st, 2014

Caixin Columns 7 & 8: China's Widest Divide

REAP Op-ed: Caixin Magazine on March 31, 2014

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his seventh and eighth columns, Rozelle discusses China's digital divide. 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.



Growth in Drug Treatment Has Led to More Innovation

CHP/PCOR Op-ed: The New York Times on March 17, 2014

Insurance coverage for addiction treatment has been expanded more in the past five months than in the preceding five decades. Contrary to the common complaint that nothing is changing in the “war on drugs”, the U.S. has never been closer to providing universal addiction treatment on demand. Read more »



March 3rd, 2014

Caixin Column 6: A Tale of Two Travesties

REAP Op-ed: Caixin “New Century” Magazine, Volume 8 on March 3, 2014

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his sixth column, Rozelle asks why rural China continues to be plagued by poor vision and intestinal worms. Read more »



January 27th, 2014

Caixin Column 5: How to Cure China’s Largest Epidemic

REAP Op-ed: Caixin “New Century” Magazine, Volume 4 on January 27, 2014

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his fifth column, Rozelle explains how China's "National Nutritious School Lunch Program" became a National Free But-Not-Too-Nutritious School Lunch Program. Read more »



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

Caixin Column 4: Behind Before They Start - The Preschool Years (Part 2)

REAP Op-ed: Caixin “New Century” Magazine, Volume 48 on December 16, 2013

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his fourth column, Rozelle explains what can be done to help increase rural kids' educational readiness. Read more »



November 25th, 2013

Caixin Column 3: Behind Before They Start - The Preschool Years (Part 1)

REAP Op-ed: Caixin “New Century” Magazine, Volume 45 on November 25, 2013

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his third column, Rozelle explains why rural children are unprepared for preschool. When they do attend, rural preschools are not only hard to find but also of notably poor quality. Read more »



October 28th, 2013

Caixin Column 2: China's Inequality Starts During the First 1,000 Days

REAP Op-ed: Caixin “New Century” Magazine, Volume 41 on October 28, 2013

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle builds on a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." In his second column, Rozelle makes the case for meeting the nutritional needs of Chinese rural children in their first 1,000 days of life. Read more »



October 9th, 2013

Caixin Column 1: Why We Need to Worry About Inequality

REAP Op-ed: Caixin “New Century” Magazine, Volume 37 on September 23, 2013

REAP co-director Scott Rozelle begins a ten-part series for Caixin Magazine titled, "Inequality 2030: Glimmering Hope in China in a Future Facing Extreme Despair." Rozelle explains why continued high income inequality could spell trouble for China's future growth and stability. 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 »



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