| Jun 22, 2003

We cannot forget Taiwan

TAIWAN: A Political History, by Denny Roy. Cornell University Press, 2003, 255 pp., $18.95 (paper). With international attention focused on Iraq and North Korea, the Taiwan problem has vanished from the headlines. It won’t go away, however; geography and politics guarantee that. Put this ...

Jun 15, 2003

'Propaganda' effort reflects U.S. image

HANOI — I just wrapped up a 10-day speaking tour for the U.S. State Department after participating in the department’s Public Diplomacy (PD) program, which sends folks to speak to universities, think tanks and public forums. The trip took me to the Russian Far ...

Jun 5, 2003

For Russian Far Easterners, future lies in Northeast Asia

YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, Russia — The Russian Far East is a vast territory of 6.2 million square kilometers. Although it is about one-third the size of the United States, it has less than 3 percent of the U.S. population. Largely neglected by Moscow, some 10 percent ...

May 22, 2003

Donald Rumsfeld making big waves

SEOUL — U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is the man the world loves to hate. The blunt-speaking former wrestler has managed to infuriate U.S. friends and allies, declaring the nations of “Old Europe” irrelevant and undermining British Prime Minister Tony Blair on the ...

May 18, 2003

A regime to quell nuclear fear

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Any real solution to the North Korean nuclear crisis will ultimately be a “grand bargain” with military, economic, political and diplomatic components. Fashioning that deal will require aggressive and creative thinking. The lack of trust in Pyongyang and Pyongyang’s lack ...

| May 11, 2003

Koreans make good moves

THE KOREAN DIASPORA IN THE WORLD ECONOMY, edited by C. Fred Bergsten and Inbom Choi. Washington D.C.: Institute for International Economics, Special Report 15, January 2003, 180 pp., $25 (paper) In recent years, increasing attention has been given to the social and economic role ...

May 10, 2003

The purpose of U.S. power

HONOLULU — President George W. Bush declared victory in the war against Iraq last week. Anyone expecting the president to bask in success would have been surprised by the speech: Bush made clear that Iraq is merely one campaign in the ongoing war against ...

May 4, 2003

Roh's middle way to reform

HONOLULU — South Korea’s new president, Roh Moo Hyun, hasn’t had much of a honeymoon. Since taking office two months ago, he has had to navigate a nuclear crisis with North Korea. To do that, he has had to work closely with the United ...

Apr 26, 2003

An opportunity for APEC

HONOLULU — The rapid spread of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, is a compelling demonstration of the need for a truly global health network to fight future epidemics. The particulars of this outbreak also highlight the role that the Asia-Pacific region will have ...

Apr 13, 2003

Thailand seeks an advantage

HONOLULU — Southeast Asian politicians and business professionals continue to insist that China’s rise is “an opportunity, not a threat” to their future. That sounds a lot like whistling past the graveyard. The Chinese market is so big and has such a wealth of ...