Brazil hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and saw more than 11,000 athletes converge to represent their nations. As a developing country with economic and political turmoil at home, Brazil used the opportunity to showcase its unique history and personality to a global audience. In this Policy Alert, we examine commentary from Brazil, China, India, Japan, and South Korea on the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.
After the July 12 ruling by a UN arbitration panel granted a victory to the Philippines in its disputes with China over the South China Sea, the new leadership in Manila has been trying to strike a new “balance” first, between domestic and international interests, and second, between the United States and China. This Policy Brief explores this topic in the context of energy and maritime strategy debates in the country.
After President Obama lifted the long-standing arms embargo on Vietnam in May 2016, this Policy Brief asks some key questions: will Vietnam soon buy U.S. weapons in a large scale? Does the unconditional termination of the embargo encourage Hanoi to further suppress human rights? How will the move affect U.S.-Vietnam relations in light of Hanoi’s current South China Sea disputes with China?
After the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, rising powers in Asia scrambled to understand what the vote means for the future of Britain and the EU.
In a landslide victory on May 9, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte was elected to be the next president of the Philippines. Duterte pledged to reverse the current government’s foreign policy by engaging China in talks to resolve escalating maritime disputes in the South China Sea. In this Policy Alert, we explore the reactions of China, the Philippines, Japan, India, and Vietnam.
On September 19, the Syrian army declared the end of a weeklong ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia. The Syrian regime accused rebels of violating the truce, Russia blamed a U.S. airstrike that …Read More »
While most observers view the “Okinawa Problem” as one of U.S. military bases, it actually involves the colonial history of the Ryukyu islands and the violation of the Okinawans’ rights as an indigenous people.
The “One Belt, One Road” policy in China has received a great deal of attention over the past few years. This policy is the focal point of Xi Jinping’s foreign policy and domestic economic plan. …Read More »
RPI author David Shambaugh discusses the reform challenges the Chinese Communist Party faces today.