What Really Happened at the ARF?

Over the next week, as attention turns from the recently concluded midterm elections to President Obama’s upcoming trip to Asia, you will hear a lot about statements made in July at the ASEAN Regional Forum, better known as the ARF.…

Links from around the Asia Pacific

Some of the more interesting developments and commentary from Asia over the last few days: –New Zealand has released its first Defence White Paper (PDF) in thirteen years. –The Lowy Institute’s Jenny Hayward-Jones looks ahead to to Secretary of State…

Southeast Asian Sub Purchases Not Aimed at China

By Dzirhan Mahadzir, freelance defence journalist based in Malaysia, and Malaysia correspondent for Janes Defence Weekly. Joshua Kurlantzick has a post up on Asia Unbound about a Southeast Asian naval arms race. He argues that countries in the region are…

Without a loosened grip, reform will elude North Korea

By Victor Cha, professor at Georgetown University and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies The massive Communist Party rallies in North Korea this month provided the world’s first real glimpse of that mysterious country’s next leader. Kim…

ASEAN now Important to Japan's Future

By Kavi Chongkittavorn, Editorial writer for The Nation newspaper and Chairman of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance What is the prospect for Japan, a declining economic power supported by the U.S., also a declining superpower? The most frequently heard answer…

The Second US-ASEAN Leaders Meeting: Pitstop or Plateau?

By Catharin Dalpino, Visiting Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and Joan M. Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College Perhaps the most significant achievement of the second US-ASEAN Leaders Meeting co-chaired by the United…