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Who Lost the Philippines?

In today’s global economy, money speaks louder than morals. The next U.S. administration must factor that into its Asia policy.

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Bad Optics

This visit won’t make the Obama Administration’s middling legacy in Asia look any better.

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NYT Admits Obama’s Asia Policy Is No Success

It will be interesting to see how the intellectual and journalistic establishments process the gap between what Obama said he would accomplish and what actually happened on his watch.

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Duterte Says He’s Sorry

Japanese influence may make the Filipino President (somewhat) manageable, and keep him from getting too close to Beijing.

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Obama’s Dictatorship Tour Goes to Hanoi

The President fails to understand that security and values are mutually reinforcing, not an either/or proposition.

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SecDef Carter Talks Tough on China

The Secretary of Defense took a strong stand against China, warning that Beijing’s territorial ambitions risk provoking a U.S.-backed coalition of regional opponents.

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China's Air Defense Zone Drives Wedge Between US, Japan

The US “pivot”, and Washington’s enduring commitment to stability and prosperity in Asia, is one of the most important geopolitical strategies of the Obama administration. It is a bipartisan goal, and whoever takes office after President Obama will likely support it. But in this sensitive time, as rising China tests the US and other Asian powers, Washington mustn’t give its Asian allies any reason to doubt that the US is anything short of fully committed to the region for the long term.

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Mixed Messages From Washington Confuse Allies

Washington needs to get its ducks in a row. The different branches of the US government can’t be sending out mixed messages. Our allies in Asia are watching very closely to gauge the depth of the US commitment to stability in Asia. Diplomatic missteps, confusion, mixed messages, and incompetence will only further convince our allies that the US ship has sailed.

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WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.

Infowar

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.

Recessional

Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

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