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Japan Gets New Prime Minister, but Same Foreign Policy Challenges Remain

June 9, 2010

The new prime minister of Japan, Naoto Kan, who last week replaced Yukio Hatoyama after he abruptly resigned less than nine months into his term, certainly will have his hands full trying to reignite his country’s efforts to craft a coherent and sustained set of foreign policy goals and strategies. Hatoyama’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) […]

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Asia’s Economic Recovery: Contrasting Narratives

May 19, 2010

As tantalizing hints of recovery from the global financial crisis pop up in international economic statistics, a curious dichotomy of narratives about the status of various Asian economies has emerged in the international media: China Dominant First, there is the big story, related with relish and surprise, of unexpected and robust economic recovery in most […]

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Northeast Asian Public Views: Isolated North Korea; Good Vibes Between Japan and South Korea

April 21, 2010

The latest BBC/World Service Poll conducted in January and released earlier this week has some results in Northeast Asia that offer some food for thought—at least for anyone who thinks that public views are a potentially decisive influence on foreign policy. The two most notable results in Northeast Asia are the precipitous rise in negative […]

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Obama Attends APEC Forum on Inaugural Trip to Asia

November 11, 2009

This week Barack Obama will make his first trip to Asia as President of the United States. In addition to paying state visits to China, Japan, and South Korea, President Obama will meet with 20 national leaders in Singapore to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. Although member countries vary in economic clout […]

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President Obama Goes to Asia

November 4, 2009

On Thursday, November 5, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace will host and stream live a discussion on President Obama’s trip to Asia next week. Asia Foundation Trustee Douglas Paal, who is Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will discuss President Obama’s trip with Michael Pettis, a senior associate in […]

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Asia Foundation President Speaks on Soft Power

October 28, 2009

On October 23, Douglas Bereuter, President and CEO of The Asia Foundation, delivered the keynote address at a conference hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago, Illinois. Titled “Implications of the Financial Crisis on American, Chinese, South Korean, and Japanese Soft Power in East Asia,” the October 22-24 conference discussed the effects […]

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EVENT: The Financial Crisis and ‘Soft Power’

October 21, 2009

The world economy is slowly recovering but the effects of the financial disaster are far-reaching, especially for the U.S. Besides the immediate impact of the crisis on economic growth and employment, there are serious questions about America’s confidence in its global leadership and the future of its relationship with Asia. On October 23, Douglas Bereuter, […]

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Japan’s New Prime Minister to Tackle Economy at the G20

September 23, 2009

When Lehman Brothers collapsed one year ago, Japan entered the worst of the global financial crisis with a unique perspective. It had experienced its own asset bubble in the late 1980s, and the slowness and inadequacy of its response led to a decade of stagnation and missed economic opportunity. One result of that experience was […]

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Japan Elections Set for August 30: Ruling Party’s Half-Century Reign at Stake

August 19, 2009

As Japan nears its August 30 election, a mixture of political weariness and anticipation fills the air. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), under the leadership of Prime Minister Taro Aso, is deeply unpopular and trails badly in pre-election polls; its nearly-uninterrupted 54-year reign seems to be in its final days. The opposition Democratic Party […]

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Surin Pitsuwan Addresses ASEAN Summit

March 4, 2009

The economy was at the top of the agenda at the 14th ASEAN summit this past week in Cha-am, Thailand. Just beforehand, on February 26, 2009, Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary-General of ASEAN and a Trustee of The Asia Foundation, laid out some of the issues at the 2009 ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) in […]

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