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Mr. Trump’s Vietnam and Philippines Visits: How are a “Quasi-Ally” and an Ally Responding?

As part of RPI’s special coverage of US President Donald Trump’s first trip to Asia, we now examine the second leg of the tour in Vietnam and the Philippines, overlapping with the 2017 APEC Summit, the US-ASEAN Summit, and East Asia Summit. How is the Trump visit affecting thinking in Vietnam and the Philippines on this regional dispute and other bilateral matters? Read more here.

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Vietnam’s Strategy in the South China Sea and Its Implications for U.S. Policy

Policy brief vietnam scsAmong China’s rivals in the South China Sea, Vietnam stands out with the most intense experiences and the greatest interests. If the South China Sea did only in the last decade emerge as a major regional hotspot, it has been a main bone of contention between Vietnam and China since the mid-1970s. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Mr. Trump Goes to Asia – Rising Powers Wary or Welcoming?

TrumpUS President Donald Trump began his second tour abroad and first tour in Asia on Sunday. Between November 5th and 12th, Trump will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. In this policy alert, we assess the Rising Powers’ response to the first half of Trump’s Asia visit. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Rising Powers Respond to Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Las vegasOn October 1, 2017, a shooter rained bullets from his hotel window at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort upon tens of thousands of attendees at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, NV. At least 59 people were killed and over 500 were wounded in one of the deadliest shootings in United States history. US President Donald Trump termed the attack as “an act of pure evil.” This week, we review the responses of the Rising Powers and other Asian states to this American tragedy. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Rising Powers at UN Tackle North Korean Crisis and Other Priorities

UNGA HallThe 72nd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened on September 19th amidst continued tensions on the Korean Peninsula and joint military drills between China and Russia as well as South Korea, the US, and Japan.  Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Rising Powers Face Dark Backdrop at 9th BRICS Summit

BRICS 2017India, China, and Russia joined Brazil and South Africa at the 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China, on September 3 -5 under the theme “Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future.” Formal goals for the Summit included securing peace, common development, diversity, and improved global economic governance. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Rising Powers React to the Qatar Crisis

qatarAs the Qatar crisis drags on into its third month, this Policy Alert looks back to see the reactions of rising powers and how their positions have evolved over time. On June 5th, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain imposed far reaching sanctions on Qatar, severing all land, sea and air links to the nation. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Rising Powers at the 12th G-20 Summit: Staying the Course?

2017_G20_Hamburg_summit_leaders_group_photoAmerica’s U-Turn on climate change and Donald Trump’s disregard for globalization and multilateralism loomed ominously for rising powers ahead of the 12th G-20 summit at Hamburg, Germany on July 7-8. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Rising Powers Assess First-Time Trump-Modi and Trump-Moon Summits

Donald Trump, Narendra ModiThe week of June 26 was unusually busy with rising powers politics in Washington. Donald Trump met India’s Narendra Modi and South Korea’s new leader Moon Jae-in, both for the first time. Though personal chemistry loomed particularly large aside from substantive issues, Trump left little doubt that trade was his common priority across India and Korea as the US has a trade deficit with both. Read more here.

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Policy Alert: Three Rising Powers at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit: Pursuing Connectivity and Anti-Terrorism, but Different Pathways?

SCO-Summit-2017This year’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation (SCO) was held in Astana, Kazakhstan June 8-9, 2017 amidst speculation on what the induction of India and Pakistan as full members would mean for the organization. Read more here.

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