East Asia Insights | Managing the US-China Strategic Rivalry

The intensification of US-China tensions risks undermining regional stability in Asia Pacific. This cannot be resolved simply by ending the current trade war, and disengagement and decoupling is not a realistic option given the high level of interdependence between China and the world. So, what can be done?

JCIE Report | Advancing a Global Health Agenda in the SDG Era: Enhancing Japan’s Leadership Role in 2019–2020

In 2019 and 2020, Japan hosts a range of critical international meetings, from the G20 Summit to the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 7), and the Nutrition for Growth Summit (N4G). This report suggestions on how the Japanese government might make strategic use of these events in advancing global health.

East Asia Insights | Engaging North Korea after the Singapore Summit

On June 12, US President Donald Trump and North Korean Workers’ Party Chairman Kim Jong-un met for a historic US-DPRK summit. While the vagueness of their final statement left many skeptical of the results, Hitoshi Tanaka takes a more optimistic view, noting that the summit has changed the dynamics surrounding North Korea in a way that creates a rare chance to peacefully settle the nuclear threat and other pressing issues—but only if the United States, Japan, and other regional actors handle it properly.

JCIE Publications | Becoming Strategic Partners: Lessons for NGOs and Government Agencies from the American Experience

An analaysis of how strategic partnerships in the development field between government and NGOs operate and why they emerged, drawing 10 lessons that shed light on how Japanese NGOs might also develop the capacity to partner with government agencies to make Japanese ODA more effective and, in the process, build the foundations for deeper US-Japan cooperation on development.

East Asia Insights | Confronting Uncertainty in East Asia

From a Japanese perspective, the defining characteristic of East Asia’s regional order today appears to be the high degree of uncertainty that prevails about what might come next. Geopolitical uncertainty seems to be intensifying on all fronts, whether one looks at the disarray engulfing US politics and foreign policy, the escalation of tensions with North Korea, the challenge of managing relations with China, or even Japan’s domestic politics. How can leaders around the region work to find a way to dispel this uncertainty?

JCIE Publications | Common Ground and Common Obstacles: US-Japan Women Leaders Dialogue

Highlights of a two-day discussion among American and Japanese women leaders on the shared political, security, and societal challenges facing their countries and on ways to advance women’s leadership at home and in the US-Japan relationship.

East Asia Insights | Five Factors That Could Lead to War with North Korea

What are the five factors that could lead to war with North Korea? They include the domestic turmoil in both political systems and the fact that differences between American and North Korean political systems and the absence of normal diplomatic relations increase the possibility of misunderstandings.

East Asia Insights | Breaking the Impasse with North Korea

This report makes recommendations on how the international community can rapidly respond to the intensification of North Korea’s nuclear and missile development, in order to prevent massive bloodshed and instability in the region.

East Asia Insights | How to Manage Geopolitical Instability in East Asia

This issue discusses the concern surrounding Trump’s anti-globalization sentiment and the surge of populism associated with it, and how these developments may throw the international liberal economic and security order into uncertainty.

East Asia Insights | Shoring Up the US-Japan Alliance under the Trump Administration

This edition of East Asia Insights discusses the sense of uncertainty regarding the future role of the United States in East Asian affairs, following President Trump’s election; the report focuses on a shared US-Japan strategy to face key regional challenges, which will provide both countries with stability in regional affairs.