Analyzing the Korea-Central America FTA Prospects

By Gene Choi South Korea and six Central American countries under the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA) officially announced on June 19, 2015 that they will begin negotiations for the Korea-Central America Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Although the…

By the Numbers: North Korea’s Local Elections

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North Korea held local elections on July 19, for the first time since Kim Jong-un took power in December 2011. The elections for people’s assemblies were held in provincial (municipal), city (district), and county level, with the number of seats…

The Leaderboard: Oh Joon

Who is he? Oh Joon will be elected as president of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on Friday, July 24, 2015 for a one-year term. Concurrently, he is the Republic of Korea (ROK)’s ambassador and permanent representative…

CogitAsia Podcast: Prospects for the Philippines

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On the podcast this week we take a broader look at developments in the Philippines. Sumitro Chair Fellow Gregory Poling joins to discuss the candidates for next year’s election and what challenges Manila faces in ensuring both economic growth and…

The Dual Policy Challenge of the South China Sea

By Gregory Poling CSIS hosted its fifth annual South China Sea conference on July 21. The event garnered more interest and a considerably larger audience—both in CSIS’s at-capacity conference room and online—than its four predecessors. Interest in the conference reflected…

The Mystery of South China Sea Arbitration

By Michael Sheng-ti Gau On January 22, 2013, the Philippines initiated a compulsory arbitration against China according to Article 287 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, under the procedure described by Annex VII of the treaty.…

Understanding China’s Stock Market Intervention

Over the last fortnight, CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Deputy Director Scott Kennedy has appeared in numerous radio, print, and television outlets to help observers understand the Chinese government’s intervention to arrest the slide of its stock markets, primarily…

CogitAsia Podcast: Future of U.S.-Vietnam Relations

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Following General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong’s historic visit to Washington, Sumitro Chair Senior Fellow Murray Hiebert sat down with Colm Quinn to discuss the future of U.S.-Vietnam relations and what factors will shape ties…