As South Korea pursues engagement with North Korea, thinking about unification through a stabilization framework can provide critical clues on navigating major challenges that unification might bring.
The U.S.-China “trade war” may give way to a “tech war” as regulators and firms battle over emerging technologies, standards, and whether America or China will dominate future industries. Outside Washington, the relationship between Chinese and American business is complex and changing fast.
The Trump administration sees China as a long-term strategic rival, and has challenged China on multiple fronts. The stakes for Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance are getting higher as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes his own bid to reorient relations with Beijing.
Unpacking the second U.S.-North Korea summit is going to be a long term process but it will be seen as a major turning point—both positively and negatively—on prospects for North Korea’s denuclearization, the extent of inter-Korean détente, and the future of the U.S.-ROK alliance.
Sheila A. Smith and Masahiro Kawai will join two panels of experts from academia, business, and the media to consider a broad range of political, economic, security, and societal issues likely to impact Japan and the U.S.-Japan alliance in the year ahead.
A bilateral group of scholars and former defense officials will assess Japan’s policy priorities and defense capabilities through the lens of its newly revised guidelines and Mid-Term Defense Plan.
Both the United States and Japan take pride in their robust scientific research communities’ contributions. However, both governments are challenged to rethink their approaches to science and technology policy and set agendas that encourage innovation toward solving big social problems.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in allocated the bulk of his political capital to inter-Korean engagement during the first year and a half of his presidency. This strategy has paid dividends thus far. However, domestic and geopolitical forces are likely to determine his agenda’s success.
Opinion polls in both Japan and the United States show continued strong support for their security alliance and economic relationship, but Trump administration trade policies, its withdrawal from international agreements, and its undermining of multilateral institutions is stressing bilateral ties in ways not seen in decades.
China’s nuclear ballistic missile submarine program is making rapid progress and is on the verge of providing Beijing with a credible sea-based deterrent. Its implications could be far reaching.