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.
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.
Thomas Fingar: The view from BeijingCISAC, FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: Foreign Policy
In the January/February issue of Foreign Policy magazine, Thomas Fingar, the former deputy director of national intelligence for analysis, examines Chinese President Hu Jintao's assessment of the economic and political challenges his nation faces. China's "growth has bolstered national pride and earned the respect of people around the world," Fingar writes in an imagined memo from Hu. "But it has also raised expectations at home and reinforced foreign concerns about China's rise. Our successes have made it even more important to make progress on corruption, perceived injustice, and other long-standing problems." Read more »
Relations with ChinaOp-ed: New York Times on October 31, 2010
Leif-Eric Easley, 2010-2011 Northeast Asian History Fellow at Shorenstein APARC, provided a balanced perspective on U.S.-China strategic relations in response to an October 26, 2010 New York Times article.
U.S. role crucial in Northeast Asian reconciliationKSP Op-ed: Korea Times on September 14, 2010
John Roos, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, conducted a historic visit in August 2010 to Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. What is the possibility of and the implications for a similar U.S. Presidential visit? Gi-Wook Shin, director of Shorenstein APARC and the Korean Studies Program, explores this question and suggests that the U.S. must play a role in the reconciliation of World War II memories in Northeast Asia.
North Korea under Kim Jong-un: time for a paradigm shiftKSP Op-ed: Korea Times on October 5, 2010
In an op-ed in The Korea Times, Gi-Wook Shin discusses North Korea’s new leadership under Kim Jong-un. He suggests that this period of transition in North Korea might offer an opportunity for the U.S. and South Korea to attempt to stabilize their relationships with North Korea and make significant headway in the North Korean denuclearization process. He contends, also, that the stability of the new North Korean regime may act as a positive element in the promotion of peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia as a whole.
Considering China's policy towards Southeast AsiaSEAF Op-ed: Asia Times on October 5, 2010
For some time now, U.S. policymakers have said they hoped that China would become a "responsible stakeholder" in regional and global peace and prosperity. In an Asia Times op-ed, Donald Emmerson discusses China's claim to sovereignty over most of the South China Sea in the light of two recent meetings: a gathering of foreign ministers in the ASEAN Regional Forum in Hanoi in July 2010 and a U.S.-ASEAN Summit in New York in September 2010.
Did Washington bring down the Japanese prime minister?Op-ed: Slate.com on June 3, 2010
On June 2, Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, along with Democratic Party of Japan leader Ichiro Ozawa, resigned due to a dispute over plans to relocate the U.S. Marine Air Station at Futenma, in the southern part of Okinawa, to Camp Schwab, in the northern part of the island. Writing in Slate.com, Daniel Sneider considers the Obama administration's role in the debacle and asks: Is this how allies should treat each other?
Responding to North Korea, Gi-Wook Shin comments in Korean mediaKSP Op-ed: Chosun Ilbo and Hangkook Ilbo (in Korean) on May 25, 2010
Shorenstein APARC Director Gi-Wook Shin analyzes the shortcomings in South Korea's response to North Korea's sinking South Korean naval vessel Cheonan. In an op-ed column in the major Korean daily newspaper Hankook Ilbo, he notes that further sanctions on already heavily sanctioned North Korea are unlikely to do much more than result in further actions by Pyongyang. While war is not in prospect, he writes, the possibility of military clashes cannot be excluded and the rising tensions are causing anxiety in the international community. In an interview with Yonhap News Agency, published in Chosun Ilbo, Shin forecasts a prolonged stalemate on the Korean Peninsula and the suspension of Six Party Talks and other talks with the North.
Xueguang Zhou discusses the political consequences of recent school killings in ChinaSCP Op-ed: New York Times
Xueguang Zhou: Details about the school attacks remain to be sorted out — whether they are isolated or copycat acts; whether they are triggered by mental illness or based on some malicious motives. But one thing is clear: these incidents reflect widespread and rapidly rising social anxieties, frustrations and tensions in the Chinese society today.
SEAF Op-ed: East Asia Forum on May 9, 2010
Don Emmerson: How does a corrupt government stop corruption? What if that government is democratic, and must cultivate the support of political parties that are themselves corrupt? Is fostering reform in such a political economy the equivalent of trying to make snow in hell? Read more »