United States President Barack Obama kicks off a visit to Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines today, during which he'll seek to convey strong US support for allies and commitment to the Asia Pacific without derailing the US-China relationship.

Read the full Real Clear World article A Tough Week for Obama in Asia

Apr 23, 2014
Elsina Wainwright
East Asia
South Asia

America, Rising Powers, and the Tension between Rivalry and Restraint

"What’s become clear to me is that while the rising powers--principally China, India, Brazil, but also Turkey, Indonesia, Korea and others--want to increase their influence and protect their interests, the United States still occupies a central place in their thinking and their strategies. And only the U.S. can help all these players forge an effective international order." —Bruce Jones

Mar 17, 2014
Bruce Jones

Can Europeans safely ignore rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific? Many in Europe now argue that, in the context of economic crisis and the US “pivot” to Asia, the European Union’s beleaguered member states should narrow their strategic focus to their troubled neighbourhood.

Read the full ECFR article here.

Jan 14, 2014
Richard Gowan
East Asia, Europe, South Asia

In this exclusive interview with ECSSR Website Richard Gowan, talks about a range of issues related to conflict prevention and resolution. Gowan also sheds light on the progress on United Nations reforms, EU’s peacekeeping ambitions, ongoing conflict in Syria and possibilities of conflagration in the Korean peninsula. The interview was conducted on the sidelines of ECSSR’s 18th Annual Conference – The Future Warfare in the 21st Century.

Apr 15, 2013
Richard Gowan
East Asia, Europe, Middle East, Syria
United Nations

On March 10, Marzuki Darusman, the United Nations investigator who uncovered violations in the totalitarian state of North Korea, told the Human Rights Council that his eight-year probe had uncovered nine systematic patterns of abuse.

Mar 12, 2013
Richard Gowan
East Asia

After the discovery of a covert nuclear program in Iraq in 1991, the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) role transformed from promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy to verifying compliance with nonproliferation agreements. Over the next decade, the nuclear programs of three other countries - the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, South Africa, and Libya - further tested the IAEA's ability to locate nuclear weapons and dismantle them.

Mar 04, 2013
Christine Wing, Fiona Simpson

This report sets out to show how the UN can reinforce its utility and legitimacy in conflict prevention and mediation in a complex international environment. It draws on a series of case studies on conflict prevention for the NYU Center on International Cooperation (CIC)—including analyses of the Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and West Africa—which show how the UN’s engagement in the deterioration phases of a series of recent crises has prevented or reduced conflict, or at least has established a framework for later peace talks.

Jul 05, 2010
Bruce Jones, Richard Gowan, Andrew Hart, Sara Batmanglich

Richard Gowan contributed a chapter on multilateral diplomacy to a new report from the EU Institute for Security Studies on the US, EU and Asia here

Dec 18, 2012
Richard Gowan
East Asia

The Annual Review of Global Peace Operations and the Review of Political Missions have evolved into the Global Peace Operations Review, an interactive web-portal presenting in-depth analysis and detailed data on military peacekeeping operations and civilian-led political missions by the United Nations, regional organizations, and ad-hoc coalitions. The website can be accessed here Global Peace Operations Review

Sanctions imposed against Iran and North Korea have failed to curb both states' nuclear programs. Senior Fellow, W.P.S Sidhu argues that the key to more effective sanction regimes may lie with talks that cover a broader range of issues, alongside sanctions that have been endorsed by the entire international system.

Read the full Eurasia Review article here

Nov 10, 2012
WPS Sidhu
East Asia, Middle East

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