Trump’s Penny-Pinching Dooms His Korean Diplomacy
The U.S. president stumbled into rare success with Pyongyang. Now he’s screwing it up.
What Trump Gets Right About Alliances
The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.
South Korea Declines to Co-Sponsor North Korea Human Rights Resolution for First Time Since 2008
Seoul may be trying to preserve its fading diplomatic outreach to Pyongyang.
Tired of U.S. Dependence, South Korea Seeks to Build—and Sell—Its Own Weapons
The military is turning its focus to domestic research and development and seeking to become a major arms supplier, and that is scaring North Korea.
How to Impeach a President (in Korea)
Democrats brought down a wannabe dictator in Seoul. The same tactics can work in Washington.
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.
The Asian Century Is Over
Beset by conflicts, stagnating economies, and political troubles, the region no longer looks set to rule the world.
K-Pop’s Big China Problem
Chinese stars are spinning off in their own orbit as politics gets in the way of profit.
How to Fix the Baby Bust
The relationship among birthrates, gender norms, and work culture is more complicated than you think.
The World This Weekend
Japan and South Korea continue a historic dispute while Turkey exits the F-35 program amid tensions with the United States.
Japan’s Trade War Is as Futile as Trump’s
Tokyo’s temper tantrum over history is mostly hurting itself.
Why Are Japan and South Korea at Each Other’s Throats?
A trade dispute has widened into a full-blown relationship crisis—and the shadow of World War II hangs over it all.
Japan and South Korea Don’t Have to Love Each Other to Be Allies
History still rankles, but the relationship is sound.