US Joins Multilateral Maritime Anti-Piracy Agency

by Jonathan Gordon
The United States recently became the 20th member of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP), a comprehensive regional maritime anti-piracy agreement.

Political and Security Exchanges Grow Oregon-Vietnam Bonds

by Sarah Wang
Teaser: Oregon and Vietnam strengthened their security partnership by hosting each other’s National Guard delegations in August and September. Oregon also provided engineering classes to Vietnamese students at Portland State University, who participated in a study abroad program financed...

Secretary Kerry Addresses Sustainability and Security During Asia Trip

by Sarah Wang
Last week, Secretary of State John Kerry made his sixth trip to Asia since taking office, and traveled to Myanmar, Australia, the Solomon Islands and Hawai‘i. Throughout the trip Secretary Kerry reiterated the importance of ASEAN as “fundamental to being able to uphold a rules-based...

First US Oil Exports in 40 Years Headed for South Korea

by Alex Forster
A shipment of US crude oil worth $40 million left a Texas port on July 30th, bound for South Korea - an important US ally and a resource-poor country with an energy-hungry economy.