In an agreement with Washington, Pyongyang will allow nuclear inspectors into North Korea and also receive much-needed nutritional assistance to the impoverished country. David Straub and Siegfried Hecker discuss Pyongyang’s moratorium on nuclear testing. Read more »
Japanese rule in Korea was harsh but the country witnessed significant social and economic transformation. In the process, Koreans were not simply victims or passive bystanders but active participants in the formation of colonial modernity, said Gi-Wook Shin during his keynote presentation at a conference held Feb. 16 and 17 at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, CISAC, FSI Stanford, SCP Q&A: Shanghai Oriental Morning Post on February 16, 2012
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping recently visited the United States to meet with top officials and tour various cities. China experts followed the trip closely because Xi is anticipated to become China’s next president. Thomas Fingar spoke with the Shanghai Oriental Morning Post about the visit, and about the Obama administration's Asia policy. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC Corporate Affiliates News
On Feb. 14, KleenSpeed Technologies welcomed members of the Corporate Affiliates Visiting Fellows Program to see firsthand the electric vehicle technologies being developed at its Mountain View, CA headquarters. Read more »
Since opening its doors to the world in 1978, China has pursued a sometimes erratic but reasonably steady course leading to increasing global economic and political interaction. Thomas Fingar is leading a new multiphase Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center initiative to explore the nuances and complexity of China’s foreign relations and domestic issues. The project kicks off with a Mar. 19-20 workshop at the new Stanford China Center at Peking University. Read more »
Japan Studies Program News
The decades-old U.S.-Japan alliance remains a stabilizing force in the Asia-Pacific region, but it continues to evolve with changes in both countries and in the region. In January, Kenji Kushida and Phillip Lipscy joined other rising Japan studies scholars for discussions about issues confronting the relationship. Read more »
Menchik discusses the roots of religious intolerance in IndonesiaSEAF Op-ed: Jakarta Post on February 10, 2012
The origins of intolerance toward Indonesia's Muslim-minority sect Ahmadiyah go back to the early twentieth century, says Jeremy Menchik. In a Jakarta Post op-ed, he unearths the connections between the Indonesian government and anti-Ahmadiyah sentiment, and makes suggestions for how the country can prevent future violence.
Shin suggests balance, few changes as Lee's term endsKSP in the news: Korea Times on February 8, 2012
With less than a year before South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's term ends, Gi-Wook Shin says that Lee should maintain his current North Korea policy, and keep balanced relations with growing trade partner China and long-time ally the United States. Shin spoke recently with the Korea Times about Lee's final months in office.
Riding around on the back of a motorcycle in 2009, Jeremy Menchik snapped photos of hundreds of Indonesian campaign posters. That number has now grown to over 5000 images, which Menchik and Colm Fox have painstakingly coded and analyzed. The initial results of their research reveal similarities between the United States and Indonesia, and shed light on the transitional democracies of the Arab Spring. Read more »
The Asia Pacific Observatory of Health Systems and Policies is a new regional initiative to promote evidence-based health policymaking in the Asia-Pacific region. The Observatory represents a unique partnership of governments, development agencies, and the research community working together. Read more »