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April 10th, 2014

History Wars in Northeast Asia

Op-ed: Foreign Affairs on April 10, 2014

Shorenstein APARC director Gi-Wook Shin and associate director for research Daniel C. Sneider argue the United States needs to tackle the wartime history issue as U.S. president Barack Obama heads to the Asia-Pacific. The full article is featured in Foreign Affairs. Read more »



March 26th, 2014

Who is East Asia’s Voldemort?

Japan Studies Program Op-ed: AlJazeera America on March 26, 2014

Recent public opinion polls in China and Japan expose a “striking degree of hostility,” highlighting a clash in narratives between the two countries. Phillip Lipscy says in an op-ed in AlJazeera America that Japan’s conservatives are “misguided in seeking to reinvigorate their country by revising history,” and instead should rally the country “around dreams of the future.” Read more »



March 17th, 2014

Eyes on Crimea, China makes its move

SEAF Op-ed: Asia Times Online on March 17, 2014

As the world is distracted by events in Crimea and the missing Malaysian jet, Donald Emmerson says that China could hardly have chosen a better time to blockade Phillipine ships and extend its hold over disputed territories. He argues that China is reinforcing its two-track approach: hosting futile discussions in ASEAN, while simultaneously, changing conditions in the South China Sea.




January 8th, 2014

Challenge and opportunity for Myanmar as it assumes 2014 ASEAN chair

SEAF Op-ed: Multilateral Matters (Singapore: S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies)

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 »



January 7th, 2014

Japan-Korea Relations: Time for U.S. Intervention?

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 »



December 20th, 2013

North Korea's strange, bloody mistake

KSP 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.




December 19th, 2013

Elimination of Jang Song-taek contradicts usual narrative in North Korea

KSP Op-ed

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 »



August 26th, 2013

Diversity is Essential to Innovation

KSP 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.




June 26th, 2013

PRC-ROK summit underscores shared interests and common concerns

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 »



June 12th, 2013

Mr. Abe's Scattershot Reforms

Japan 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.




May 15th, 2013

As North Korea heats up, South Korea and Japan should warm ties

Op-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.




January 18th, 2013

Korea's new leadership should promote country abroad

KSP 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 Asia

SEAF 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.




November 15th, 2012

North Korea not a major U.S. focus

KSP 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.




November 1st, 2012

Protecting nuclear plants from nature's worst

Japan 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.




August 18th, 2012

Why small is beautiful in venture capital

Op-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.




February 13th, 2012

Menchik discusses the roots of religious intolerance in Indonesia

SEAF 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.




December 20th, 2011

After Kim Jong Il's death, Stanford experts consider North Korea's future

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 »



November 22nd, 2011

America pivots toward ASEAN

SEAF 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.




November 21st, 2011

US, China role play for ASEAN

SEAF 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.




October 6th, 2011

Japanese policymakers struggle over nuclear power question

Japan 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.




July 13th, 2011

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.




March 22nd, 2011

Prepare now for possible change in North Korea

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 »



March 8th, 2011

Peaceful protest as a means for overcoming discrimination

Op-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.




February 23rd, 2011

Donald K. Emmerson contemplates recent events in Egypt and Tunisia

SEAF 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.




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