Search Results for "Asia-Pacific" : 113

by / on November 21, 2015 at 2:29 pm / in Jenny Yeji Yoo, Most Recent Column, Opinion, World, World

Playing the Zero-Sum like a Positive-Sum

…ry very confident” verbal stance betrayed the harsh reality facing the pan-regional free trade deal involving 12 Asian Pacific countries. Just over four months ago, after much difficulty corralling the House Democrats, the Senate succeeded in renewing “fast-track” authority for President Obama, enabling him to maneuver trade bills quickly in Congress without the potential hazards of filibusters or amendments. While this victory for the President…

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by / on April 25, 2015 at 7:32 pm / in Asia, Jenny Yeji Yoo, Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Organizations, World

US-China Power Play, and the Fiscal Play

…tory of the increasing economic role China has sought to assume in recent years. Last November, China hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing. There, it has again pushed for the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP), which parallels United States’ Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a nexus of free trade agreements involving twelve countries. TPP seeks to cover sectors untouched by the World Trade Organization (WTO…

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by / on March 1, 2015 at 11:03 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 03/02-03/08

…policy advice in relation to these matters. Aitolkyn Kourmanova is the head of the private consultancy Central Asia Strategic Management Group, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She specializes in economic policies and regional cooperation in Central Asia. Her recent publications include Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: Nurturing from the Ground (George Washington University, 2013), Lessons from Zhanaozen. Bringing Business, Government and Soci…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm / in Asia, National Security, World

Naval State of Mind

…, but also the rest of the world. Nowhere are anti-access threats more evident than in the case of China and the Asia-Pacific region. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is openly developing a strategy to counter US naval hegemony and the means to carry it out. One of the largest threats facing the US Navy in the Western Pacific is that of sea mines. Although mines have long posed a threat to the operations of US naval forces, the potentia…

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by / on September 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm / in Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Opinion, World

A Balancing Act

…After centuries of humiliation, domination, and colonization by the West, nearly three billion residents in the Pacific region are rising to claim what is rightfully theirs: economic prosperity, diplomatic influence, and national pride.  Yet this newfound power breeds new challenges for the United States policy in Asia. The greatest headaches for US policymakers arise, of course, from the People’s Republic of China’ new aim to radically alter th…

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by / on March 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Competitive Liberalization: a Policy to Leave in the Past

…he time, the exception being when Chinese trade is also involved. Indeed, President Obama’s policy shift towards Asia shadows the Bush policy in many ways. The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a signed, but not yet enforced agreement between twelve Pacific Rim countries that is poised to eliminate tariffs and other barriers on trade between the member states. It reflects the realities of the larger narrative regarding China’s economic rise a…

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by / on October 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm / in Web Columnists

Michael Ard

by Michael Ard, CC ‘13, is an EALAC major. He is CPR’S Asian affairs correspondent. Feel free to email him at with suggestions, questions, and fan mail.   Same Old “New” CCP October 2, 2012 10:00 pm This trial, however, has nothing to do with corruption, bribery, or murder committed by a party member. It has everything to do […]

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm / in Uncategorized


by rms procurements are a great barometer for determining a state’s threat perceptions and the “pressure” of its environment. A weapons system provides discrete capabilities and is itself a response or counter to specific threats. In Southeast and East Asia, commentators have focused heavily on a perceived naval arms race. Regional states have started procuring weapon systems with a strong naval focus, with surface ships, submarines,…

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by / on October 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm / in Asia, Web Columnists, World

Anatomizing Abenomics

…’s participation in negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement. The agreement brings in all major Asian countries except China, but is centered on Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members, most prominently Malaysia, Vietnam, and Singapore. The TPP, which is highly controversial and presently stalled , promises to eliminate tariffs and non-tariff barriers, support the creation of jobs, and promote innovation across…

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by / on November 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm / in Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Opinion, World


by In spite of the rough economic times, it seems nothing can stop the expansion of American free trade agreements (FTAs) across the globe.  The Obama administration has promised that the recent passage of FTAs with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea will help boost American exports, substantially increase our GDP, and potentially support thousands of jobs. And the buck doesn’t stop there. At the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation…

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