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German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks towards U.S. President Donald J. Trump on the second day of the G7 summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada. Getty Images/Leon Neal

Signals for the Indo-Pacific From Trump’s Summitry

Over the past four days, the world has watched U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s diplomatic practice in action with two back-to-back summits: the Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Canada, followed immediately by the “#TrumpKimSummit” in Singapore. The former gathering, a longstanding summit among the staunchest of U.S. Read More

June 12, 2018

North Korea
Singapore Summit: The Meeting Is The Message

Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un changed the trajectory of the U.S.-North Korea relationship from confrontation toward cooperation and provided dramatic images of reconciliation with their well-hyped June 12, 2018 summit meeting in Singapore. This meeting has bought time to address North Korea’s nuclear threat and reduced the risk of near-term military conflict.

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June 11, 2018

Southeast Asia
Cambodia’s Election is Pre-Determined, but What Happens Afterward?

In the run-up to Cambodia’s national elections, due in July, Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken no chances of an upset, of a political shocker similar to the opposition win in Malaysia in early May. Just to make sure that the long-ruling prime minister and his party triumph, Hun Sen has overseen a ban of the opposition party, harassed many opposition politicians into exile or tossed them in jail, and torn apart the independent Cambodian media over the past year.

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June 8, 2018

North Korea
Six Things to Look For From the Trump-Kim Summit In Singapore

With less than one week to go before the first-ever encounter between an American president and a North Korean leader, there is all manner of speculation about whether the historic Trump-Kim summit can deliver even more meaningful firsts: Voluntary abandonment of nuclear knowhow by a relatively weak and vulnerable state, despite decades of efforts cultivating such a capability, and the melting of "the last glacier" of the cold war — that is, the frozen Korean conflict.

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