As the world watches the U.S. presidential election with bewilderment and unease, America’s allies in Asia are particularly concerned about the possibility of U.S. disengagement from the region.
The Republic of Korea’s decision to deploy the THAAD missile system has caused a strong reaction from China. Further dialogue is needed to strengthen ties between the two countries.
The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted a conversation with Kurt Campbell and Derek Chollet about Obama’s foreign policy doctrine and, in particular, his rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific.
An advanced missile defense system, commonly called THAAD, is heading to South Korea, to counter threats from the DPRK. Neighboring China opposes the system.
North Korea’s nuclear test led some South Koreans to renew calls for a nuclear option. Interpreting Seoul’s signals will be challenging for U.S. policymakers.
While Asia has been an unparalleled economic success, it is also home to some of the world’s most dangerous, diverse, and divisive challenges.
At a time when Asia is undergoing truly astounding economic, political, and security changes, the narrative of the region’s seemingly endless rise has predominated. Yet Asia’s economic success remains mired in virtually all of the world’s most pressing security and political problems.
The U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific is well-known but the United States is far from the only country turning toward the region.
Rising national concerns about nuclear safety and decreasing support for building new power plants, coupled with general distrust of government, pose a critical challenge to Korea’s nuclear future.
South Korea and the United States have become essential partners on nuclear matters over the last forty years. However, as with all maturing relationships, there remain differences of view and priority that must be managed.