Changing Southeast Asia: The Role of China, the United States, Japan and ASEAN
Southeast Asia’s international perspective has been changing sharply in the twenty-first century. A multipolar structure has emerged, in which China, the U.S. and Japan work together with ASEAN to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region. Success in this endeavor depends largely on ASEAN’s influence and role. ASEAN understands China’s influence in the Southeast Asia is rising, while the U.S. is a “moderate superpower”; therefore, it is necessary to expand the impact and presence of the U.S. and Japan in order to counterbalance China. Despite China’s rise and the changing political landscape in Southeast Asia, the U.S. will continue to play an important role in the region.
Taiwan and the Diplomatic Squeeze
In mid-March 2023, the self-governing island of Taiwan lost another one of its already few diplomatic allies. Announcing the severing of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Honduras on Twitter on March 15, […]
South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Atmanirbhar Bharat, and the IPEF: Convergence and Commonality
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Taiwan’s Southbound Drive towards Southeast Asia
This article examines Taiwan’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia during Ma Ying-jeou’s two-term (2008–2016) and Tsai Ing-wen’s first-term (2016–2020) presidencies. It discusses the context of East Asian regionalization and regionalism, […]
Risk Reduction and Crisis Management on the Korean Peninsula
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Assessing the Development of Taiwanese Identity
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Quad Plus EU: A Viable Option for the Times?
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