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April 5, 2018
President Nirav Patel and Abraham Denmark on When President Trump Meets North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un

The Wilson Center

The long-simmering crisis between North Korea and the United States has reached a new, consequential phase. President Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will be a decisive moment in a struggle that has lasted since the United States rst suspected North Korea of harboring nuclear ambitions in the 1980s. Regardless of how the summit may transpire, one thing is clear: this challenge, and the geopolitics of East Asia, will never be the same again.

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April 5, 2018
Director of Research Siddharth Mohandas on Trade Tensions Between the United States and China


The leaders of the world’s two biggest economies are waiting to see who backs down after firing the opening shots in a trade war.

U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at China’s plans to dominate strategic technologies Tuesday by slapping tariffs on 1,333 of the country’s products — from semiconductors to lithium batteries. Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping’s government hit back with proposed levies on key American imports including soybeans and Boeing Co. jets, a tougher response than many expected.

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March 23, 2018
Chairman & CEO Dr. Kurt M. Campbell on How the Trump-Kim Summit Outcome Hinges on South Korea

The Korea Herald

WASHINGTON — South Korea will have a large role in determining the success of a planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a former senior US diplomat said Monday.

Kurt Campbell, who served as the top US diplomat for East Asia during the Barack Obama administration, said the recent flurry of diplomacy with North Korea could set the stage for South Korea’s rise.

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March 12, 2018
President Nirav Patel and Abraham Denmark on Why Tough Diplomacy is America's Best Bet with North Korea

The National Interest

The Washington foreign-policy community’s reactions to President Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have been a mix of surprise and criticism. While the surprise is certainly justified, it’s time to offer credible and practical ideas for him and his team rather than bromides of conventional wisdom. The old rule book has gone out the window, for better or worse. We have no other option but to give the process a chance and be part of the solution.

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March 8, 2018
The Asia Group Launches Asia-Focused Podcast, Tea Leaves

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 8, 2018) – The Asia Group announced today the launch of Tea Leaves, a new podcast that will focus on the current affairs, foreign policy, business, and arts of Asia. The podcasts’ hosts, Dr. Kurt M. Campbell and Ambassador Richard Verma, will lead a series of revealing interviews with policymakers, business leaders, journalists, and artists exploring the most dynamic and consequential region in the world. 

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The Asia Group Presents: The Tea Leaves Podcast