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    Asia Pivot Should Be More Than Just Rhetoric and Good Intentions

    President Obama’s impending trip to Asia in April is an opportunity for the U.S. to go beyond mere rhetorical commitment to the Asia pivot. At a recent event at The Heritage Foundation, experts Randy Shriver of Project 2049 and Heritage fellows Bruce Klingner and Walter Lohman laid the framework for … More

    Q&A With Foundry Contributor Israel Ortega, NBC 'Meet the Press' Guest

    The Foundry’s Israel Ortega will make his debut on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday. Ortega will join the show’s roundtable to discuss and debate breaking news on Ukraine, the missing Malaysian plane, 2014 midterm elections, 2016 prospects and the Keystone XL pipeline. NBC’s David Gregory will host the show … More

    Chinese Military Plays Greater Role in South China Sea Disputes

    China appears increasingly willing to escalate tensions along its periphery as it asserts its claims over various disputed islands and shoals. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently compared Sino–Japanese relations to 1914, suggesting not only that tensions are on the rise but that there is a real potential for conflict. … More

    Promoting Economic Freedom in Asia: Time for Secretary Lew to Step Up

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is touring Asia this week. He will visit Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam and end with a much-anticipated visit to China. What should he be promoting while meeting with high-level officials in the region? Well, economic freedom, of course. Asia is home to some of … More

    Southeast Asia and the Limits of American Soft Power

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s swing through Southeast Asia last week was notable not for the headlines and handshake photos he generated but the ones generated by the Chinese. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was hosting the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers in Beijing during the Secretary’s … More

    “Everyday High Prices” Should Not Be Trade Agency’s Slogan

    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations are taking place this week in Malaysia. Here’s a modest suggestion to help new U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman bring the TPP to a successful conclusion: eliminate the position of Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles, a job that places the welfare of one special … More

    Burma: Neighbors Call Out Regime on Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing

    Burma’s neighbors are finally speaking out about the ethnic cleansing occurring at their doorsteps. Both Indonesia and Malaysia have made public statements asking Burma to revisit its policy toward the Muslim minority Rohingya as violence continues to escalate in the nation. Earlier this week, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa called … More

    Human Trafficking Still a Major Concern in Asia

    The release of the State Department’s latest Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) revealed that Asia is home to some of the worst perpetrators of illegal human trafficking. China has now joined the ranks of Russia, North Korea, Iran, and a handful of other countries as Tier 3 violators of human … More

    China Escalating Territorial Disputes with Neighbors

    Amidst all the regional concerns about North Korea, the Senkaku dispute between China and Japan has continued to fester. This past week, the situation has escalated, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry specifically stating that the Senkakus are a “core interest.” General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of … More

    Threat of Terrorism Still Lurking in Asia

    Three individuals are currently under arrest in Malaysia for their alleged involvement in terrorist recruitment. Two of the individuals were charged with planning acts of terrorism that would have affected Syria. One of the suspects, Yazid Sufaat, was previously a high-profile individual arrested for his purported involvement in chemical and … More