During recent speeches, high-level Chinese officials delivered seemingly contradictory messages about China’s intentions as a world power. Does China intend to challenge the current world order or does it simply want to play its role within the current structure?
President Barack Obama will become the first sitting U.S. President to visit India twice when he arrives under heavy security next week. He will also become the first U.S. President to be honored as Chief Guest during the annual Republic Day celebration. But the trip will be more than ceremonial, as President Obama and his counterpart Prime Minister Modi are likely to hold comprehensive talks on the entire gamut of bilateral issues in search of ways to enhance cooperation. In this episode of NOW, Michael Kugelman tells us what to expect from this important meeting.
A range of issues and events in Europe and the Middle East have prevented the Obama Administration from fully committing to its proposed “rebalance” to the Asia-Pacific region. But beginning next week when he travels to the region, the President will have another opportunity to put relations with China and other regional partners in the spotlight. Kissinger Institute Director Robert Daly provides a preview of the trip in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.
With the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan winding down, and responsibility shifting to Afghan security forces, Michael Kugelman provides insight into what to expect for the country and the region.
"The problem here is that no one is willing to back down; the government is not going to resign, the protestors have no budged on their demand that the government needs to resign...the longer this goes, the more concern there is for the economic situation in Pakistan, which was already quite grave before this crisis began." says Michael Kugelman in this interview.
Tensions over security, access, and environmental impacts in the Arctic are rising. While members of the Arctic Council (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United States) assert their established rights under new circumstances, an increasing number of non-Arctic states (including China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore) seek an active role in the region. In this video series, "Who Owns the Arctic?" an international panel of experts describes why one of the world’s coldest environments is becoming a hot topic.
Tensions over territorial claims continue to percolate in the South China Sea. Questions and concerns about China’s intentions and actions are hot topics in the Philippines and Vietnam. Can the U.S., given the stated intention to “rebalance to Asia,” play an important role in sorting out competing claims?
In this Context interview, Marlene Laruelle, Russia expert, shared her thoughts on Russia’s leading role as an Arctic nation and how it might react to a China-US partnership in the region.
In this Context interview, Anne-Marie Brady, associate professor in Political Science at the University of Canterbury, provided insight into China’s goals for the region and possibilities for Chinese collaboration with the United States.
The Wilson Center recently partnered with the East Asia Foundation to host a half-day conference, "Asessing Threats Facing the U.S.-Korea Alliance." In the second panel discussion entitled New Trading Blocs in the Asia-Pacific?: TPP, RCEP, and US-Korea Cooperation, the Wilson Center's Asia Program director Robert Hathaway moderated a heated debate about Korea's interests and free trade regimes.