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Hawai‘i Congresswoman Hanabusa Discusses the Importance of the Asia-Pacific and the Role of Hawai‘i for Relations with the Region

by Alex Forster
The Diplomat recently conducted an extended interview with Hawai‘i congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. The wide-ranging discussion included topics such as the commitment of the US to the Asia-Pacific region, the ongoing negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement,...

Keeping the World Safe for America

by Christopher Feddersen
The view from an aircraft carrier is a lesson in the optics of power. As an iconic embodiment of the naval reach of the nation it belongs to, an aircraft carrier’s gigantic dimensions overwhelm the contours of the landscape.

Latest Edition of "Korea Matters for America" Launched at Capitol Hill Event

by Alex Forster
The latest edition of the Korea Matters for America/America Matters for Korea publication was launched on Wednesday, December 11th with an event on Capitol Hill in Washington. The publication includes analysis of trade and investment levels, mutual travel and tourism rates, student...
Vice President Joe Biden spent a few days in Seoul to conclude his East Asia trip last week, after visiting Tokyo and Beijing. He held meetings with Korean President Park Geun-hye, Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, and addressed a group of students at Yonsei University.
The SCC agreement tasks Japan with two roles: to reinforce its capability to defend its own sovereign territory, specifically the Senkaku Islands, and to reach out and assist Southeast Asian countries in building up their own defensive capabilities.

ASEAN in the Power Web

by Jisoo Lee
The regional body will need to work hard, if it is to maintain its position at the center of Asia-Pacific power relations.

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