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 »
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 »
North Korea's strange, bloody mistakeShorenstein 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.
- » Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (12/20/2013)
- » Revised and re-published in East Asia Forum (2/12/2014)
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 »
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 »
Diversity is Essential to InnovationShorenstein 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.
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 »
Mr. Abe's Scattershot ReformsShorenstein 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.
Stanford scholar argues that time is running out for a two-state solutionCDDRL, 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 tiesShorenstein 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.
Assessing the Syrian health crisis: the case of LebanonCDDRL, 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 »
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 »
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 »
Korea's new leadership should promote country abroadShorenstein 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 AsiaShorenstein 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.
Failure to protect democracy in Mali opened path for grave atrocitiesCDDRL, 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 »
Obama and the betrayal of democracy in BahrainCDDRL, 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 »
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 »
Image politics in the Middle EastCDDRL, 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 »
A Vaccine to Curb Addicts' HighsCHP/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.
North Korea not a major U.S. focusShorenstein 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.
How marijuana legalization will affect Mexico’s cartels, in chartsCHP/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.
- » Keith Humphreys
- » The Washington Post: How marijuana legalization will affect Mexico's cartels, in charts
Protecting nuclear plants from nature's worstShorenstein APARC, Japan Studies Program Op-ed: Washington Post on November 1, 2012
As the East Coast cleans up from super-storm Sandy, Phillip Lipscy and Kenji Kushida point to important lessons from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. They say more must be done to safeguard U.S. nuclear plants from natural disasters.
Aung San Suu Kyi: From politician to 'democracy icon' and back againCDDRL Op-ed
In a piece for The Atlantic, CDDRL Director Larry Diamond discusses the journey of Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi from a democracy icon to a political party leader. During her 17-day U.S. tour, Suu Kyi appeared at the San Francisco Freedom Forum carrying the message of forgiveness and non-violence. Diamond reflects on Suu Kyi's leadership and the hope she represents for Burma as it emerges from half a century of military rule. Read more »
CDDRL, PHR Op-ed: The Stanford Daily on September 17, 2012
In a piece for the Stanford Daily, Nadejda Marques, manager of the Program on Human Rights at the CDDRL, writes about Proposition 35 (the CASE Act), slated for the November 2012 California Ballot. Californians Against Sexual Exploitation (CASE) hopes to raise awareness of human trafficking and deter traffickers with higher penalties and fines. Critics of Proposition 35 argue that stiffer sentencing is not the core of this complex problem. They defend that efforts should be directed to training police and prosecutors, and funding victim-services providers to protect and enable court proceedings. Read more »