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New Atlanticist

May 2, 2024

What to expect from the Solomon Islands’ new prime minister on China, the West, and more

By Parker Novak

Jeremiah Manele has emerged as the next prime minister. What does his victory mean for the country’s pro-China “Look North” policy?

Elections Indo-Pacific

New Atlanticist

Apr 12, 2024

As Sogavare seeks reelection in the Solomon Islands, China’s influence is on the ballot

By Parker Novak

The April 17 elections in the Solomon Islands will determine whether the country doubles down on its ties with China or changes course.

Economy & Business Elections

New Atlanticist

Apr 11, 2024

Experts react: Biden pursues an ambitious global agenda with Japan and the Philippines. Can they deliver?

By Atlantic Council experts

The US president met with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. this week in Washington.

Economy & Business Indo-Pacific

New Atlanticist

Apr 10, 2024

This aspect of the Biden-Kishida summit will define the military response to an Indo-Pacific crisis

By Markus Garlauskas

The US and Japan must modernize their command and control structures to ensure deterrence and defeat threats in the Indo-Pacific.

Defense Policy Indo-Pacific

New Atlanticist

Apr 5, 2024

The US and Japan are upgrading their security alliance. Here’s what needs to come next.

By Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi

The upgrades to the US-Japan Security Treaty are welcome, but their effectiveness will depend on how they are implemented in the coming years.

New Atlanticist

Mar 19, 2024

There will be no ‘short, sharp’ war. A fight between the US and China would likely go on for years.

By Brian Kerg

US policymakers and military leaders must rigorously study and plan for a broad range of implications from a years-long war against China.

China Conflict

New Atlanticist

Feb 27, 2024

To combat Chinese cyber threats, the US must spearhead a new Indo-Pacific intelligence coalition

By Victor Atkins

Such a coalition would help disrupt cyber threats, signal US resolve, and ideally help deter future cyberattacks from China.

China Cybersecurity

New Atlanticist

Feb 15, 2024

Experts react: Prabowo Subianto has claimed victory in Indonesia. What’s in store for his presidency?

By Atlantic Council experts

The current Indonesian defense minister is poised to be his country’s next president, with projections showing him easily clearing 50 percent in the February 14 election.

Elections Indo-Pacific

New Atlanticist

Feb 4, 2024

Who will lead Indonesia after Jokowi? The world’s third-largest democracy is about to decide.

By Parker Novak

On February 14, Indonesians will choose among Prabowo Subianto, Ganjar Pranowo, and Anies Baswedan. And even more than the next president is being decided.

Elections Indo-Pacific
Snow leopard in the rain

Atlantic Council Strategy Paper Series

Jan 17, 2024

Six ‘snow leopards’ to watch for in 2024

Atlantic Council foresight experts spot the underappreciated phenomena that could have outsize impact on the world, driving global change and shaping the future.

Climate Change & Climate Action Defense Technologies

New Atlanticist

Jan 13, 2024

Experts react: Taiwan just elected Lai Ching-te as president despite China’s opposition. What’s next?

By Atlantic Council experts

Atlantic Council experts explain what a Lai presidency will mean for Taiwan’s foreign policy trajectory—and how China is likely to respond.

Elections Politics & Diplomacy

New Atlanticist

Jan 13, 2024

The sentencing of a US Navy sailor is a window into Chinese espionage. Here’s how the US should respond.

By Andrew Brown

China’s intelligence services recognize that national security information does not have to be classified to provide them with value.

China Cybersecurity

New Atlanticist

Dec 8, 2023

A pivotal contest for strategic islands in the Pacific is upon us—and it’s not about Taiwan or the South China Sea

By Markus Garlauskas, Parker Novak

Time is running out for Congress to take concerted bipartisan action on agreements with Micronesia, Palau, and the Marshall Islands.

China Defense Policy

New Atlanticist

Nov 22, 2023

China’s acoustic aggression against a US ally follows a pattern. Military talks won’t help.

By Markus Garlauskas, Philip W. Yu

On November 14, a Chinese warship used its active sonar to harass and injure two Australian Royal Navy divers with high-powered sound waves.

Australia China

New Atlanticist

Nov 15, 2023

Experts react: Are the US and South Korea following through on the Washington Declaration? 

By Atlantic Council experts

US and South Korean defense officials and military leaders just met in Seoul for two meetings that, while long-standing annual events, have taken on a new urgency following the April 2023 Washington Declaration.

China Indo-Pacific

New Atlanticist

Nov 9, 2023

Jokowi comes to Washington with a sensitive yet promising to-do list

By Parker Novak

The Indonesian president, an infrequent overseas traveler, is expected to meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House on November 13.

Indo-Pacific Politics & Diplomacy

New Atlanticist

Sep 13, 2023

What the Putin-Kim authoritarian get-together means for Russia’s war and North Korea’s capabilities

By Atlantic Council experts

Experts react to Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia.

China Conflict

New Atlanticist

Aug 23, 2023

Dispatches from Taiwan: Expert perspectives from an Atlantic Council visit to Taipei

By Atlantic Council experts

A timely delegation delivers on-the-ground insights and analysis on the island democracy’s challenges and role in the Indo-Pacific.

China Conflict

New Atlanticist

Aug 18, 2023

Experts react: The US-Japan-South Korea summit was ‘historic.’ But what did it accomplish?

By Atlantic Council experts

President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and President Yoon Suk Yeol set forward a common security agenda at Camp David. Atlantic Council experts share their insights on what’s next.

China East Asia

New Atlanticist

Aug 15, 2023

Showing up is half the battle, and the United States is doing so in the Pacific Islands

By Parker Novak

USAID Administrator Power’s visit to Papua New Guinea and Fiji highlights the importance of high-level diplomacy and soft power in the strategically located region.

East Asia Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Jul 25, 2023

As Blinken visits Tonga, the US needs to think beyond China in the Pacific Islands

By Parker Novak

Geopolitics is important, but Washington’s relations with the strategically located region need to be about more than competition with Beijing.

China Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Jul 19, 2023

Experts react: South Korea embarks on a new nuclear era. How will it play out?

By Atlantic Council experts

US and South Korean officials just met in Seoul for the inaugural meeting of the Nuclear Consultative Group, a new bilateral platform to coordinate deterrence against a North Korean nuclear attack.

Crisis Management East Asia

New Atlanticist

Jun 28, 2023

Reading between the lines of the new North Korea intelligence estimate

By Markus Garlauskas

The US intelligence community has just released its National Intelligence Estimate on North Korea, a watershed analysis. But more is worth adding to the discussion.

China Intelligence

New Atlanticist

Jun 19, 2023

Experts react: Blinken makes the rounds in Beijing. Will there be a US-China thaw?

By Atlantic Council experts

The US secretary of state has just wrapped up meetings with top Chinese officials in Beijing. Read insights from Atlantic Council experts on what was revealed and what to look for next.

China Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Jun 12, 2023

What’s really behind plans for a NATO office in Japan

By Sara Bjerg Moller

What’s really behind Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s recent announcement that his government is exploring opening a NATO-liaison office in Tokyo?

China Indo-Pacific

New Atlanticist

May 20, 2023

Don’t call it a Quint, but South Korea does have a future with the Quad 

By Thomas Cynkin

There is space for South Korea to participate in aspects of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue and other minilateral structures aimed at maintaining international order and security in the Pacific.

Australia India

New Atlanticist

May 20, 2023

Experts react: A ‘game changer’ G7 summit in Japan

By Atlantic Council experts

As leaders of the Group of Seven countries gather in Hiroshima, Atlantic Council experts share their insights on what is coming out of the summit about Russia, China, the global economy, and more.

Economic Sanctions Economy & Business

Fast Thinking

Apr 27, 2023

The day the US-South Korea alliance became truly nuclear-armed

By Atlantic Council

What does the Washington Declaration mean for the alliance, and how will it play in Seoul? Will the pact hold together in the long run? Our experts weigh in.

Indo-Pacific Korea

New Atlanticist

Apr 27, 2023

Not every North Korean missile needs a response. South Korea and the US should focus more on readiness and deterrence.

By Jessica Taylor

The nuclear collaboration announced by the US and South Korean presidents this week is the type of strategic measure the allies need to focus on, rather than a reactive approach.

East Asia Indo-Pacific

New Atlanticist

Apr 26, 2023

Experts react: The US and South Korea strike a deal on nuclear weapons. What’s next for the alliance?

By Atlantic Council experts

US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol are navigating political tensions around nuclear weapons and microchips to find a common future.

Indo-Pacific Korea

New Atlanticist

Apr 3, 2023

Don’t let Beijing define the narrative of Taiwan’s relations with the world

By Markus Garlauskas

As Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen stops in the United States, Beijing is trying to paint reasonable, routine, and restrained actions as risky, worrisome, and escalatory.

China East Asia

New Atlanticist

Mar 30, 2023

Experts react: Your guide to the Taiwanese president’s trip to the US and Central America

By Atlantic Council experts

President Tsai Ing-wen’s trip comes as US tensions with China are nearing a boiling point, and Taiwan is hustling to hang on to its allies in Latin America.

China East Asia

New Atlanticist

Mar 27, 2023

Are South Korea-Japan relations finally getting back on track?

By Thomas Cynkin

The more that Japan shows its relationship with Korea is a two-way street, the more sustainable it will be in the face of Korean public opinion.

Indo-Pacific Japan

New Atlanticist

Feb 7, 2023

Tweets of the Union: Live expert analysis of Biden’s big address

By Atlantic Council experts

Find the best Twitter analysis by Atlantic Council experts of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address as he takes on Russia, China, and more.

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

New Atlanticist

Feb 6, 2023

NATO is entering a new phase in the Indo-Pacific

By Sara Bjerg Moller

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s visit to Japan and South Korea trip was striking both for its timing and for its messaging shift on China.

China East Asia