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The first US-ASEAN Defense Forum emphasized not only the U.S. rebalance to Asia, but also the increasing security role of ASEAN in the region. It highlighted cooperation on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, which are growing concerns in the region.

President Obama Signs Extension of US-Korea Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

by Alex Forster
The agreement governing the US-South Korea nuclear partnership, signed in its current form in 1974, was originally set to expire this month after forty years in effect. Both sides agreed to a two-year extension of the existing agreement, which was signed by President Obama in February.

John Kerry Concludes Fifth Trip to Asia Since Taking Office

by Alex Forster
Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry concluded his fifth trip to Asia since being sworn in to lead the State Department one year ago. His itinerary this time included stops in South Korea, China and Indonesia. In each country, Secretary Kerry met with high-level officials and...

An Emergent US Security Strategy in Southeast Asia

by Jieun Choi
The foundation of US security strategy in Southeast Asia since the end of World War II has been a “hub and spoke” system of formal bilateral alliances with four countries in the region.
Domestic political gamesmanship recently caused President Barack Obama to cancel his participation in the APEC forum and the East Asia Summit...

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