1. East Asia Nervously Watching Events in Crimea

    China is walking a diplomatic tightrope. It doesn’t want to alienate Russia, nor set a precedent for regions of its own to break away.

    When the Crimea was voting to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, President Vladimir Putin was said to be on his proverbial hands and knees offering cheap gas and other inducements to China…
  1. Top North Korean Party Official Reportedly Arrested

    If Choe Ryong-hae is purged, it could signal that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, is concentrating power in his own hands.

    Just two months after North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un had his uncle Jang Sung-taek, a top official in the secretive communist regime, executed for treason, South Korean media report that…
  1. Snap Elections Fail to Put Thailand’s Political Crisis to Rest

    Thailand’s cycle of political unrest might only end when the army or monarchy decides it has had enough.

    Despite snap elections on Sunday, Thailand's two largest political forces remain at a stalemate and with class and ethnic divisions deepening, tensions remain high across the country. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling Pheu Thai party was…
  1. South Korea Should Study Its Past to Deal with North’s Future

    South Korea should emulate the successes and avoid the failures of previous policies in order to manage the North’s aggressions.

    North Korea is known for its exaggerated and bellicose proclamations against South Korea. Recently, it declared that strikes "without warning" would occur if protests in Seoul marking the anniversary of the death of Kim…
  1. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Has Uncle Executed for Treason

    State media accuse Jang Sung-taek, the regime’s former number two, of plotting a coup d’état.

    North Korea's state media reported on Friday that Jang Sung-taek, its leader's Kim Jong-un's uncle, had been executed for treason. If true, it caps the spectacular downfall of a man who had long been considered a power behind the throne…
  1. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Dismisses Powerful Uncle

    It is not the first time rumors have surfaced that Jang Sung-taek was sacked by North Korea’s ruling Kim family.

    Two South Korean lawmakers said on Tuesday that North Korea's ruler, Kim Jong-un, had dismissed his uncle, Jang Sung-taek, a man who was widely seen as the power behind the throne of the authoritarian communist regime. Two members of the…
  1. American Bomber Overflights Challenge China’s Assertion of Air Control

    The United States step into an island dispute between China and Japan by flying two bomber aircraft over the East China Sea.

    America sent a strong signal on Tuesday of its position in a territorial dispute between China and Japan when it conducted bomber overflights…
  1. Vietnam Expected to Loosen State Controls, If Carefully

    The Communist Party must liberalize the economy to boost growth and stay in power but doesn’t want to jeopardize its position either.

    The international community is keeping a close watch on Vietnam's National Assembly as it is convening a month long session to decide the extent to which it will amend the constitution. The session is expected to end next week with lawmakers believed ready to give the…