Trump Asks Tokyo to Quadruple Payments for U.S. Troops in Japan
The move is part of the administration’s campaign to get U.S. allies to pay more for defense. South Korea is also being asked to pony up.
Japan’s Topsy-Turvy Economy Is the United States’ Economic Future
The Japanese economy has been living in a fantasy world for decades, and the U.S. economy could soon be joining it there.
Trump Is More Vulnerable Than Ever to Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Extortion
Trump’s growing impulsiveness and unilateral decision-making may signal to Kim that he can get precisely what he wants.
Bangladesh’s Child Marriage Problem Is the World’s Human Trafficking Crisis
Why fixing the second issue isn’t possible without addressing the first.
Trump Finally Found a Chinese Import He Likes: Corruption
Enlisting Beijing to interfere in the U.S. election is no joke.
Indonesia’s Activists Are Ready to Fight Together
Coalitions are forming in the face of threats to democracy and pluralism.
The Capital of Xinjiang Is Now in Turkey
Ethnic cleansing of Uighurs in China has forced an exodus to Istanbul—and a desperate effort to keep their culture alive.
The United States Should Help Mongolia Stand Up to China
On Beijing’s doorstep, Ulaanbaatar continues to defy the geopolitical odds.
Addicted in Bhutan
The country’s substance use spike is undermining its focus on gross national happiness.
Beijing’s South China Sea Aggression Is a Warning to Taiwan
China’s salami-slicing tactics can be countered—if Taipei stays smart.
Chinese Propaganda Paints Hong Kong as a Spoiled Brat
The mainland’s new nationalism comes with a heavy dose of old patriarchy.
We Lost the War in Afghanistan. Get Over It.
After 18 years of war, thousands of lives lost, and hundreds of billions of dollars squandered, the United States accomplished precisely nothing.
When Everything Is a Human Right, Nothing Is
Reemphasizing fundamental rights is the best way to keep them universal.
Asia Has Three Possible Futures
The competition between the United States and China will decide the continent’s fate—and one of them has a head start.
Asia’s Coming Era of Unpredictability
Why the crisis in Hong Kong and a deterioration in relations between South Korea and Japan are just the beginning of a broader period of flux in Asia.
Japan Started a War It Wasn’t Ready to Fight
Tokyo picked a trade brawl with Seoul—but wasn't prepared for the inevitable blowback.
Pacific Tour Tests New Pentagon Chief
Mark Esper sets out to persuade U.S. allies in Asia that the United States has their back.