The Asian Studies Center
America's Commitment to the Pacific
Previous editions of this product have illustrated America’s resident power status in Asia and the continuing, critical importance of its commitment to leadership there. They have sought to demonstrate in graphic fashion what is at stake for the U.S. from the economy to security to human liberty.
Often overlooked in the tumult of Washington’s foreign policy debates is the remarkable consistency of U.S. foreign and trade policies over time. This is due to one immutable factor: American national interests. When U.S. policy moves away from our national interest, not only does it cease to serve its…
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is touring Asia this week. He will visit Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam and...…
The Asian Studies Center
Introduction: A New View of America's "Near West"
At The Heritage Foundation’s annual B. C. Lee Lecture this year, the Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs summed up perfectly America’s destiny as regards Asia: It is America’s “Near…
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s swing through Southeast Asia last week was notable not for the headlines and handshake...…
Three individuals are currently under arrest in Malaysia for their alleged involvement in terrorist recruitment. Two...…
According to the World Bank’s just-released Doing Business 2013—which looks into various reform measures to rank 185...…
America’s Enduring Leadership in Asia
America has been engaged in Asia since a few decades after securing its independence.
Its early interest is documented in the 1833 Treaty on Amity and Commerce between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Siam Thailand), and later in the market-opening 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan. The U.S. has, in fact, been a “resident…
Facebook's much-vaunted initial public offering is on the horizon and promises to shower a few lucky individuals with...…
The global financial crisis has had a major impact on perceptions of American power and its relationships in Asia. Many of the perceptions are not founded on facts. Among the facts often overlooked:
American companies invest far more abroad than does all of Asia combined.
For every dollar the U.S. has invested in China it has invested two in Australia…
With at least two ongoing wars, President-elect Barack Obama may
well be entering the Oval Office facing the toughest national
security landscape for any American president in some time.
A tour of the foreign policy horizon shows that America's 44th
president will have his hands full with a panoply of problems that
would vex any head of state, much less one who is…
WASHINGTON, JAN. 13, 2009--Hong Kong continues to
be the world's freest economy, according to the 2009 "Index of
Economic Freedom," published annually by The Wall Street
Journal and The Heritage Foundation.
It's the 15th straight year that Hong Kong has earned
the number-one ranking. No other economy has yet managed to surpass
it. Three other economies…
The United Nations has a well-earned reputation for
mismanagement and vulnerability to corruption and fraud. In the
past few years alone, the U.N. has been embroiled in numerous
The Iraqi Oil-for-Food scandal that Saddam Hussein used to
generate over $10 billion in illegal revenue, according to the U.S.
Hong Kong and Singapore top Index; Data show economic freedom improves overall quality of life, promotes political and social progress; Increased government spending didn't improve economic performance
WASHINGTON, JAN. 20, 2010--The level of economic freedom in the world dipped slightly in 2009 according to the 16th annual Index of Economic Freedom,…
One positive outcome of President Obama's recent trip to Asia is a U.S. commitment to reengage in long-postponed negotiations to join the Trans-Pacific Economic Strategic Partnership (TPP). Brunei, Chile, Singapore, and New Zealand -- the current members of the trade pact -- designed the TPP to serve as a model trade agreement for the Asia-Pacific region. A key…
The Bush Administration did a great deal for U.S. relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It developed the ASEAN Cooperation Plan, the Enterprise for ASEAN Initiative, the ASEAN-U.S. Enhanced Partnership, and the U.S.-ASEAN Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement. The Bush Administration also opened free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations…
Director, Asian Studies Center
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