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  • By Sumeet Saksena, Chinh Cong Tran, and Jefferson Fox HONOLULU (May 24, 2019)—All over the world, more than three billion people—particularly in rural areas—cook on open fires or inefficient stoves that burn wood, coal, or crop residues. Burning...
  • By Jagannath Panda HONOLULU (May 20, 2019)—In a 2014 speech, Xi Jinping described a multi-pronged strategy for increasing Chinese influence in Asia under the rubric “Asia for Asians.” Central to this concept is an expanding foreign relations,...
  • Many have mixed views on the bases and are more concerned with other issues HONOLULU (April 18, 2019)—A new East-West Center report on the attitudes of younger Okinawans toward the islands’ US military bases has found that many have mixed feeling...
  • By Joshua Muldavin HONOLULU (Apr. 5, 2019)—Environmental problems are a focus of both popular unrest within China and concern about the “China threat” in the rest of the world. Yet many assumptions and suggestions for how to “fix” China’s...
  • By Michael A. Tamor HONOLULU (Mar. 11, 2019)—Evidence of rising global temperatures is overwhelming. Likewise, the evidence is clear that people are causing most of this rise through their use of fossil fuels. Yet people are not behaving as if they...
  • By Andrew Mason and Sang-Hyop Lee HONOLULU (Mar. 1, 2019)—In all modern societies, children and the elderly consume more resources than they produce through their labor, while working-age adults produce more than they consume. What makes this “...
  • By Marcus Noland HONOLULU (Feb. 5, 2019)—For more than 70 years, Japan has prospered in a US-led global order. Today, however, there is a perception that the tenets of US foreign policy are changing, implying that Japan will have to take greater...
  • By Kevin M. Woods HONOLULU (Jan 29, 2019)—Myanmar’s natural resources are intertwined with a long history of armed conflict. The country’s teak forests first enticed the British during the colonial period. Then, leading up to and after independence...
  • By Eric Harwit HONOLULU (Jan. 11, 2019)—China is moving rapidly away from relying on foreign communications technologies toward developing its own innovative formats, and new homegrown applications are flourishing. One of the most successful is the...
  • By Marcus Noland HONOLULU (Jan. 8, 2019)—While there is little doubt that trade policy under the Trump administration is protectionist, there is uncertainty about the administration’s goals and how far it is willing to push confrontational tactics...
  • By Marcus Noland HONOLULU (Dec. 21, 2018)—After a nuclear weapons test and multiple intercontinental ballistic missile tests in 2017, this past year witnessed a significant shift in North Korea’s diplomatic posture, reflecting an apparent...
  • By East-West Center HONOLULU (Nov. 1, 2018)—How do the world’s two premier information-technology ecosystems—Silicon Valley and China—compete? How do they cooperate? And how has their relationship changed over the years? In an annual China Town...
  • By East-West Center HONOLULU (Oct. 24, 2018)—China’s astonishing rise over the past few decades, both in terms of economic growth and international influence, represents the most fundamental shift in the global balance of power in more than a...
  • By Choong Yong Ahn HONOLULU (Oct. 10, 2018)—The rapid growth of many East and Southeast Asian economies has been fueled primarily by exports to the United States and other economies outside the region. Trade within the region has been secondary....
  • By Kaspar Hurni and Jefferson Fox HONOLULU (Sept. 19, 2018)—Over the past 50 years, the mountainous region of mainland Southeast Asia has witnessed a dramatic expansion of commercialized agriculture. The emphasis has been on tree-based cash crops...
  • By Dr. Il SaKong SEOUL (Aug. 23, 2018)—The most urgent challenge for Korea today is how to properly adapt to the rapidly developing 4th industrial revolution and to gain competitive edge. As we all know, this paradigm shift affects not just doing...
  • By Dr. Seok-Hyun Hong  SEOUL (Aug. 23, 2018)—Looking back over the last year, the state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula have been more dynamic than any TV drama. When tensions were at their highest at the end of 2017, it seemed we were on...
  • By Jefferson Fox, Jean Christophe Castella, and Kaspar Hurni HONOLULU (Aug. 15, 2018)—Across Southeast Asia, traditional agriculture is giving way to the commercial production of high-value cash crops. And one of the most important of these new cash...
  • By Kevin Woods HONOLULU (Aug. 8, 2018)—The borderlands between Myanmar and China are mountainous and blanketed in forests. The region is inhabited by diverse populations of ethnic minorities who practice shifting cultivation, moving between small...
  • SINGAPORE (June 28, 2018)—From the Himalayas to the Korean DMZ to the South China Sea, the balance of power in Asia appears to be shifting. But beneath the rhetoric, have the fundamentals really changed? At the 2018 EWC International Media...

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