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13 May 2022
The [North Korean] missile tests are meant to signal business as usual, and to ensure that others keep North Korea at arm’s length while it copes with a crisis. Financial Times

Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula
22 Apr 2022
North Korea is attempting to pit South Korean advocates of engagement and advocates of containment against each other. Financial Times

Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula
22 Feb 2022
Beijing will not condemn Russia’s moves nor recognize Donetsk and Luhansk’s independence, but it will also likely provide moral support — and perhaps a degree of financial support. Washington Post

Amanda Hsiao

Senior Analyst, China
19 Dec 2021
If [Ethiopian President] Abiy survives the conflict in power, he will likely be thankful to Beijing and Moscow for protecting him at the UN during the war. South China Morning Post

Richard Gowan

UN Director
27 Mar 2021
I think [the new Iran-China deal] will make Europe and the U.S. a little more nervous because it looks like Iran may have a way out of economic strangulation. The Wall Street Journal

Dina Esfandiary

Senior Advisor, Middle East and North Africa
20 Aug 2020
To say there is a partial transfer of power seems to be an exaggeration, given the system in North Korea. BloombergQuint

Duyeon Kim

Former Senior Adviser, North East Asia & Nuclear Policy

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Our Journeys / Asia

A Winter Night on the India-China Himalayan Frontier

Ladakh, a barren, frigid plateau facing Tibet, is one of India’s most vulnerable spots in its decades-old border dispute with China. In the winter months, as Crisis Group expert Praveen Donthi found, it is also one of the least hospitable places on earth.

Q&A / Asia

North Korea Plots a Course of “Heavy Agony” for 2022

The latest five-day plenum of North Korea’s ruling party focused on food insecurity, chief among the nation’s challenges. With the pandemic not yet tamed and other uncertainty on the international scene, Pyongyang may continue refraining from major provocations into 2022, but for how long is unclear.

Report / Asia

The Philippines’ Dilemma: How to Manage Tensions in the South China Sea

The maritime dispute between China and the Philippines is simmering against the backdrop of strategic competition between Beijing and Washington. To keep tensions below boiling point, Manila should push for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea as well as greater regional cooperation.

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Report / Asia

Competing Visions of International Order in the South China Sea

The disputes in the South China Sea are fundamentally about claims of sovereignty, the broadest of which are staked by Beijing. The Chinese-U.S. rivalry, meanwhile, loads the dissension with geopolitical significance. Both major powers stand to gain by accepting the constraints of international law.

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Podcast / Asia

U.S.-China Tensions and Beijing’s Show of Strength in the Taiwan Strait

In this episode of Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood is joined by Crisis Group’s China expert, Amanda Hsiao, to discuss China’s recent show of strength in the Taiwan Strait and increasingly fraught U.S.-China relations.

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Michael Kovrig

Senior Adviser, North East Asia
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Christopher Green

Senior Consultant, Korean Peninsula
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Amanda Hsiao

Senior Analyst, China
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