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  • But will the risky move really bring improvement? Quick take: Jakarta’s frequent flooding and other environmental issues have prompted Indonesian leaders to plan a move to build a new capital amid the jungle of Borneo. Officials have high economic...
  • In some ways, the crisis in Europe has strengthened US relationships in Asia and the Pacific, says East-West Center VP Satu Limaye Quick Take: Key regional meetings and initiatives continue with Asia and the Pacific. The Ukraine invasion has...
  • Determined journalists draw comparisons with Ukraine Quick take: Reporters and resistance groups in Myanmar say their struggle for democracy deserves the world’s attention just as Ukraine’s does, while they watch and learn from Ukraine’s strong...
  • Panelists debate approaches to reducing tensions between Washington and Beijing Quick take: It appears there is little room for common ground as the US and China remain stalemated on many issues. To address this, the US is working on building “...
  • Quick take: As the US territory’s first female governor, ‘Lou’ Leon Guerrero says she was strongly influenced by her upbringing in the matrilineal Chamoru culture. While critics decried her imposition of strict COVID restrictions on the island, she...
  • Athletes discuss the gender imbalance in sports and how to make a difference HONOLULU (March 24, 2022) — From pay and sponsorship deals to media coverage and leadership opportunities, gender inequities continue to afflict the sports industry,...
  • By Miemie Winn Byrd, Karen Knudsen, and Charles E. Morrison Quick take: While international attention is focused on Ukraine, another struggle against totalitarianism continues in Myanmar. The military junta’s response to popular resistance has been...
  • By Denny Roy Quick Take: President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol will likely seek to bring South Korea’s foreign policy into closer alignment with US preferences in such areas as relations with China and Japan, as well as North Korean denuclearization....
  • As he consolidates absolute control, China’s Xi Jinping will also have to answer for a host of crises By Richard Hornik Quick Take: Xi Jinping seems set to become China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, but the complex challenges he faces...
  • Beyond symbolic Olympics snub, China’s market muscle brings ʻmassive challenges’ to imposing effective sanctions, experts write Quick Take: Global recognition of China’s human rights abuses is growing, but its economic, military and diplomatic...
  • An East-West Center paper cites conditions and responses in the Marshalls in considering potential Pacific-wide strategies Quick take: While extreme weather events and sea-level rise pose the most visible threats to low-lying Pacific atolls,...
  • Part 1 of a 2-part series on US-South Korea cooperation in Southeast Asia. Read part 2: “China Looms Large Over US-Korea Security Cooperation in Southeast Asia.” Quick take: Global partnerships are critical to pandemic recovery efforts in...
  • Region hoping for multilateral engagement on key issues Part 2 of a 2-part series on US-South Korea cooperation in Southeast Asia. Read part 1: “South Korea and the US: Collaborating to Aid Economic Recovery in Southeast Asia.” President Joe Biden...
  • Former top US diplomat for Asia David Stilwell cautions against one-sided overtures to Beijing Part 2 of a series on the pros and cons of reengagement with China. Read part 1, ‘Situational Engagement’  Quick take: With US-China relations at a...
  • Legal scholar Pitman Potter espouses engagement with China on issues of mutual interest, while reserving the ability to respond on disagreements Part 1 of a series on the pros and cons of reengagement with China. Read part 2, Engagement with China...
  • By Lili Song OTAGO, New Zealand (Dec. 3, 2021) – Recently, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met via video link with high-ranking officials from nine Pacific island countries and the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum in the first-ever...
  • Quick take: America’s allies are increasingly faced with competing demands for allegiance by Beijing and Washington on a range of security and economic issues. As competition intensifies, hedging—an attractive choice for many countries—becomes less...
  • A Hawai‘i collective works to ease technological inequities that have worsened in the pandemic Quick take: The COVID-19 pandemic has widened an already existing digital divide in Hawai‘i. Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, lower income...
  • Weighing the hurdles Afghan women now face, and how the international community can respond Quick take: Speakers in a recent East-West Center panel agreed that the well-being of women in Afghanistan is at grave risk. It is imperative that the...
  • Experts highlight the scope of the threat in the Indo-Pacific region Part 1 of a 2-part series. Read part 2: The Global Battle Against Illicit Fishing Quick take: Research suggests that up to one in five fish is caught and sold illegally worldwide...

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