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Introduction: Summitry in Asia

Introduction: Summitry in Asia

2018 in Asia could well be called The Year of the Summit, with the most dramatic centered on the Korean Peninsula: Kim Jong Un’s meetings with Xi Jinping, Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump. Casting our gaze more broadly, of course, we find that both bilateral and multilateral summitry is by no means limited to the […]

Talking at the Top: Past, Present and Future Summit Diplomacy in Asia

Talking at the Top: Past, Present and Future Summit Diplomacy in Asia

As the metaphor suggests, summitry sits at the pinnacle of international politics; indeed, the term was first introduced by none other than Winston Churchill.1Defined most broadly as face-to-face meetings of heads of state, summits have on occasion proven to be defining historical moments: Neville Chamberlain at Munich, John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna, […]

2018 Top Asian News

2018 Top Asian News

Many things happened during 2018: power shifts, wars, terrorist attacks, new laws and new scientific discoveries. Among all those news, we selected the most significant ones. Here go the top ten Asian news of the current year.  Inter-Korean Dialogue and US-NK Talks – The international community opens the door to North Korea The NK-US summit in […]

Books to Read

Books to Read

Along with the last decade’s global trend of liberal retreat and authoritarian ascent, and as authoritarian states — China and Russia in particular — vigorously try to expand their influence across the globe, a new notion of “sharp power” has recently begun to attract attention. This refers to the ability to affect others to obtain […]

The Connections Are What Count

The Connections Are What Count

One of the earliest recorded accounts of technology transfer between India and China is a sweet story from the mid-seventh century. An embassy from the Tang emperor to the court of the Indian King Harsa returned home with knowledge of a special product the Chinese craved: sugar. Accompanied by eight monks, two “technicians” who knew […]

Neglected No Longer: Washington Returns to Central Asia

Neglected No Longer: Washington Returns to Central Asia

Central Asia is not, and has never been, a United States foreign-policy priority. Neither will it displace the importance of other regions to Washington anytime soon. Moreover, numerous analysts discount it as a promising area for expanded attention. Indeed, they expect US and European presence and influence there to decline as Chinese and Asian influence […]

ASIA: Ageless in Culture and Infused in Surprise

ASIA: Ageless in Culture and Infused in Surprise

Asia seems to always bring an exotic and unusual meaning to the minds of those who have not visited or not visited enough. That’s why, Asian culture has always been surprising for us. As a Turkish journalist, I am both thrilled and puzzled by having been exposed to the culture set I used to watch […]

PM declares war on fake news

PM declares war on fake news

  Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon ordered government officials Tuesday to sternly tackle the spread of fake news that he said is disturbing democracy in the name of free speech. At a Cabinet meeting, Lee raised the need to hold accountable those who produce fake news and spread it intentionally. “(Fake news) is disturbing democracy by […]

Death toll from Indonesian earthquake rises to 82, hundreds injured

Death toll from Indonesian earthquake rises to 82, hundreds injured

A powerful quake which struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has killed 82 people and wounded hundreds, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said early Monday, with thousands of buildings damaged. The seven-magnitude tremor, which triggered panic among tourists and locals on Sunday evening, was also felt on the neighboring island of Bali, […]

Reflections on Inequality in Asia

Reflections on Inequality in Asia

The Asian growth experience generates somewhat contradictory messages in the resurgent debates about inequality. At the global level, Asia’s remarkable economic performance has not only driven an unprecedented decline in global poverty but a decline in global income inequality as well. Asia is responsible for a substantial share of what Branko Milanovic calls the “global […]

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