Myanmar is chairing ASEAN in 2014, which marks the first time the country has assumed this position since its accession in 1997. The chairship offers a pivotal opportunity for Myanmar to provide leadership and display its recent progress toward liberalization. Southeast Asia Forum Director Don Emmerson considers prospects and challenges for Myanmar as its leads ASEAN. Read more »
Op-ed: National Bureau of Asian Research on January 6, 2014
Daniel Sneider writes that relations between South Korea and Japan have noticeably deteriorated in the past few months. Sneider suggests a more active U.S. mediation role, such as appointing a special envoy or negotiating reparations, may better encourage reconciliation and normalization of relations. Read more »
North Korea's strange, bloody mistakeKSP Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on December 20, 2013
Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub analyze North Korea’s execution of Jang Song-taek and its implications on nuclear negotiation channels. They point out how Kim Jong Un’s leadership purge may prompt China to align more closely with the U.S. and South Korea on their likely push for heightened sanctions in the coming months.
- » Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (12/20/2013)
- » Revised and re-published in East Asia Forum (2/12/2014)
In this op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub discuss North Korea’s puzzling execution of Jang Song-taek and the social, economic, and political problems facing Kim Jong Un’s regime. They suggest that Jang’s execution may be an attempt to consolidate power and to shore-up support within the country. Shin and Straub point out that the revelations made to justify the purge and execution also act to delegitimize the regime by sending confused signals to the international community, in particular to China and South Korea over their recent economic engagement. They propose that the U.S., South Korea, and China may be able to use this as an opportunity to influence Kim and convince him to relinquish North Korea’s nuclear stockpile, among other goals. Read more »
CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, SCP Op-ed: The Washington Quarterly
Thomas Fingar and former CISAC Visiting Scholar Fan Jishe write that the U.S.-China relationship is stronger and more interdependent than ever, but mutual suspicion and distrust persists. They argue that four decades of stability have taught Beijing and Washington how to manage their relationship. Read more »
Diversity is Essential to InnovationKSP Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo
Korea should embrace diversity and multiculturalism in every sector of the society in order to achieve the "Creative Economy" that Park Geun-hye government promotes, says Professor Gi-Wook Shin in a Dong-A Ilbo op-ed.
CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, KSP Op-ed: The Financial Times (in Chinese language)
Shorenstein APARC experts comment that South Korean President Park Geun-hye's visit to China this week attests to the magnitude and importance of geostrategic changes in Northeast Asia. Read more »
Mr. Abe's Scattershot ReformsJapan Studies Program Op-ed: The Wall Street Journal Asia Edition on June 12, 2013
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for revitalizing the Japanese economy appears to offer something for everyone. Takeo Hoshi argues that before Mr. Abe makes any more announcements, he needs to focus his efforts on a few key priorities.
As North Korea heats up, South Korea and Japan should warm tiesOp-ed: Christian Science Monitor on May 15, 2013
Sensitive wartime memories continue to resurface in Japan-South Korea relations, impeding important security collaboration efforts in Northeast Asia. Daniel Sneider describes the historical context and discusses recent events.
Korea's new leadership should promote country abroadKSP Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo on January 14, 2013
Korea's new presidential administration should embrace the opportunity to provide more foreign aid, and to raise the profile of Korean technology and culture abroad, said Gi-Wook Shin in a recent Dong-A Ilbo op-ed.
The American pivot in Southeast AsiaSEAF Op-ed
"As much as China is front and center for the United States and Asia, the American pivot is not all about the dragon. It is also very much about the 10 member states of ASEAN," says Donald K. Emmerson in a recent opinion article.
North Korea not a major U.S. focusKSP Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo on November 10, 2012
In a recent Dong-A Ilbo op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin says that North Korea is not a priority in current U.S. foreign policy.
Protecting nuclear plants from nature's worstJapan Studies Program Op-ed: Washington Post on November 1, 2012
As the East Coast cleans up from super-storm Sandy, Phillip Lipscy and Kenji Kushida point to important lessons from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster. They say more must be done to safeguard U.S. nuclear plants from natural disasters.
Why small is beautiful in venture capitalOp-ed: VentureBeat on August 18, 2012
In a VentureBeat guest post, Rafiq Dossani responds to a Kaufmann Foundation analysis about the risks of large venture capital funds.
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.
Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, KSP Op-ed
Since news broke of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's death, the world is waiting to see what will happen next with the country's leadership, policy toward the United States and South Korea, and nuclear program. Shorenstein APARC Korea experts Gi-Wook Shin, Daniel Sneider, and David Straub weigh in. Read more »
America pivots toward ASEANSEAF Op-ed: Asia Times Online on November 23, 2011
At the conclusion of the 2011 ASEAN Summit, Donald Emmerson says that President Barack Obama's participation in the summit and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Myanmar signal a brighter future for U.S.-Southeast Asia relations.
US, China role play for ASEANSEAF Op-ed: Asia Times Online on November 19, 2011
While attending the 2011 ASEAN Summit in Bali, SEAF director Donald Emmerson wrote in the Asia Times about the balance between the respectively economic and security roles that China and the United States play in East Asia.
Japanese policymakers struggle over nuclear power questionJapan Studies Program Op-ed: YaleGlobal Online on October 5, 2011
Following March's triple disaster, Japanese policymakers are locked in a debate over nuclear power. Daniel Sneider, associate director for research at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, discusses the issues creating this political gridlock in the first op-ed of a two-part YaleGlobal series.
Andrew Walder discusses China's political "holding strategy"Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, SCP Op-ed: Boston Review on July 11, 2011
China's Soviet-style political system has not kept pace with the dramatic changes taking place within the country's social and economic systems, suggests Andrew Walder in a recent Boston Review op-ed. Keeping the lessons of the former Soviet Union in mind, he says, China's government has instead utilized a "holding strategy" to maintain its political institutions over the past twenty years.
KSP Op-ed: Seoul Shinmun on March 21, 2011
When major political change in North Korea will occur is difficult to predict, but it is inevitable, suggests David Straub, associate director of the Stanford Korean Studies Program. In a March 21, 2011, Seoul Shinmun op-ed, Straub urges, "Since we cannot predict exactly when or how change will come to North Korea or what its nature will be, South Koreans and their allies and friends abroad need to begin to prepare now for many possibilities." English- and Korean-language versions of the op-ed are both available. Read more »
Peaceful protest as a means for overcoming discriminationOp-ed: San Francisco Chronicle on March 6, 2011
In a recent San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, Rafiq Dossani asks: "Why did many Muslim Indians watch [the January 25] events in Egypt unfold with a personal interest?" He suggests that despite a difference in the governments of Mubarak-era Egypt and democratic India, the peaceful protest carried out in Egypt could serve as a positive model for overcoming discrimination.
Donald K. Emmerson contemplates recent events in Egypt and TunisiaSEAF Op-ed: Asia Times on February 22, 2011
In light of the recent ousting of the presidents of Egypt and Tunisia, Donald Emmerson, director of the Southeast Asia Forum, steps back from the continually evolving regional turbulence to consider what it may say about the future. In a February 22 Asia Times op-ed, while noting that each country's situation is unique, Emmerson argues that social networking as an aspect of globalization could trigger further transnational spread effects in years to come. Nevertheless, he warns, authoritarians will try to adapt the technology to their own purposes. Finally, noting the basically secular character of the demonstrations, he argues that the power and promise of political Islam should not be overdrawn.
Building a more mature and equal U.S.-Japan relationshipOp-ed: Foreign Policy on January 14, 2011
As U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates winds down his January 2011 tour of Northeast Asia, Shorenstein APARC's Daniel Sneider suggests in Foreign Policy that the Obama administration and the Democratic Party of Japan now demonstrate better understanding of working together on improving regional security and finding a workable solution to the issue of U.S. bases on Okinawa than they did a year ago. Sneider, however, questions whether both sides can take the next step and take what they have learned so far and move forward to a more mature and . . . more equal relationship."
Inter-Korean relationsKSP Op-ed: The Korea Times on January 4, 2011
Gi-Wook Shin, director of Shorenstein APARC and Stanford KSP, speculates on what inter-Korean relations will be like after the sinking of the Cheonan and the artillery firing at Yeonpyeong island, in a column in the The Korea Times. While predicting that tension and reconciliation efforts will go side-by-side with one another in the inter-Korean relations in the next few months, Shin further contends that the Lee Myung-bak administration should take on the task of improving inter-Korean relations by diplomatic solutions, not by military means, and that this strategy should be approached in a broader context which takes into account U.S.-Korea relations and the relations among Northeast Asian countries.