Negotiations between Japan and USSR/Russia on the Northern Territories: Lessons for the Abe-Putin Renewal of Talks

Many may be so weary of talk about negotiations on the territorial dispute between Tokyo and Moscow as nothing more than a broken record that they will be […]

Another Cold War in Asia?

The biggest strategic challenge for policymakers in the Asia-Pacific is the peaceful integration of China into the international order. Within three decades, China has transformed from a rural […]

National Identity and Changing Great Power Relations in the Asia-Pacific: Is a Cold War Emerging?

International relations in the Asia-Pacific have long been driven and dominated by great power politics. Despite the growing significance of smaller nations and regional organizations in East Asian […]

Country Report: China (July 2013)

Country Report: China (with the assistance of Pang Zengjun) China’s newspapers, especially Global Times in its English edition, attracted increased attention in the first half of 2013 for […]

Country Report: Japan (July 2013)

Country Report: Japan (with the assistance of Iwaki Shigeyuki) After Prime Minister Abe’s visit in February to the United States, Japanese sources have flitted from one problem to […]

Introduction to Topics of the Month

Topics of the Month is the Asan Forum’s venue for sustained discussion about three themes on international relations in the Asia-Pacific chosen for their significance, timeliness, and need […]

Japan-Russia Relations – 1

Abe’s Visit to Moscow: Can It Become the Beginning of an End? Prime Minister Abe Shinzo’s visit to Moscow on April 28-30, 2013, can generally be considered a […]

Synopsis of the Asan Washington Forum, 2013: “The Enduring Alliance: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of ROK-US Relations”

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