CAPP News Archive - 2008

While China's Regional Influence Grows, U.S. Remains Key Security and Economic Partner in East Asia — Nov. 17, 2008

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A new study infers that America's key East Asian allies do not see China as a viable strategic alternative to the United States and that allied nations seek to broaden economic and diplomatic relations with both the United States and China.

The North Korean Human Rights Standoff - Jul. 7, 2008

The North Korean Human Rights Standoff

Dealing with North Korea is always an exquisite foreign-policy dilemma. The original "refusal to engage" policy resulted in nuclear weapons and suffering by the North Korean people. However, the new bilateral approach has produced positive results, as discussed in this commentary by Hahm Chaibong for PacNet.

China's Responsibility to Protect: The Nation Can Help Citizens in Myanmar, Sudan — Jun. 17, 2008

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Of all countries remiss in their responsibility to protect human rights, China bears special scrutiny because of its influence with the Myanmar and Sudanese regimes, writes David C. Gompert.

Clarifying the Yuan Debate: U.S., China Economic Imbalance Benefits Both Nations — Feb. 1, 2008

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China's surplus contributes to sustaining its high growth rates, and the U.S. deficit contributes to easing inflationary pressures while enhancing average living standards through the competitive price and quality of imports from China, writes Charles Wolf Jr.

Disoriented: In Asia, U.S. Still Guards the Fort but Surrenders the Bank - May 1, 2008

A New National Strategy for Korea

The United States owes its victory in the Cold War to a joint military and economic strategy of nation-building and reconstruction. But in recent years, the United States has abandoned this recipe for success. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Asia, as discussed in this article by William H. Overholt for RAND Review .

A New National Strategy for Korea: North Korea Threats Require Deterrence, Reconciliation - Mar. 13, 2008

A New National Strategy for Korea

Over the last five years, the South Korean government has tried to downplay the military threat posed by North Korea. However North Korea still poses a serious military threat to South Korea as discussed by Bruce Bennett in this commentary for Korea Herald.

A Post-Musharraf Pakistan Policy - Mar. 10, 2008

A Post-Musharraf Pakistan Policy

Now that the parliamentary elections in Pakistan have gone decisively against President Musharraf, will the newly elected prime minister agree to work with Musharraf? If not, what should the United States do in response? This is the subject of a new commentary by Farhana Ali for

RAND Study Offers Ways to Help North Korea Peacefully Modernize Its Political, Economic Structure - Mar. 10, 2008

Help North Korea Peacefully Modernize

An unprecedented joint report, based on a 2½-year-long collaboration between RAND and five international research institutions, recommends a new approach for North Korea to create fundamental, but peaceful, change in it’s archaic political, economic and security systems.

To Support Democracy in Pakistan — Feb. 25, 2008

Pakistan Democracy

The Pakistani people have seized an important democratic opportunity by voting decisively against retired general President Pervez Musharraf and the Islamist parties. The United States would be wise to support this action financially, diplomatically and politically as discussed by C. Christine Fair in this commentary for the Washington Times .

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, instability, and the future of U.S. policy — Jan. 16, 2008

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Testimony on U.S.-Pakistan Relations Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy presented before the Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia United States House of Representatives by C. Christine Fair.