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Yes, Naomi Osaka is Japanese. And American. And Haitian

Aoife Wilkinson, The Conversation – 27 July 2021 Naomi Osaka quickly became the face of the Tokyo Olympics this year, as she challenged Japan’s traditional ideas of cultural identity. As some question her place within Japan’s athlete committee, this article on The Conversation celebrates her mixed-race heritage. Read the full article here.

America’s Central Asian Dilemma

Charles E. Ziegler, The National Interest – 23 May 2021 Exhausted by years of instability in the Middle East, the U.S. is removing its troops from Afghanistan and gradually disengaging from Central Asia. However, as the author of this article states, Washington must still uphold key relationships within the region to help them achieve the…

One lesson the U.S. can learn from China to improve its competitiveness in technology development

Joseph Kannarkat and Norman Augustine, Brookings – 19 January 2021 China’s success story since its economic reforms has been characterised by high levels of technological development and innovation, a prominent example being its world-class high-speed railway. This article in Brookings explains why the U.S., currently stagnating in its global competitiveness, should take lessons from China’s…

A stunning assault in Washington

The Straits Times – 8 January 2021 Just as other nations within the region, Singapore’s news outlets have expressed their shock at The Capitol riots and leaders have called for peace and advocated for stability and order. The nations are adjoined in both trade and security initiatives and Singapore is a strong supporter of the…

Amid daunting security environment, Seoul should tighten alliance with US

The Korea Herald – 6 January 2021 South Korea’s alliance with the U.S. is one of the most significant in the world, with both friends sharing the same democratic values and being important trading partners for one-another. However their relations have recently encountered problems, particularly since Trump’s inauguration four years ago, with geopolitics and a…

American Carnage

The Jakarta Post – 8 January 2021 This article in The Jakarta Post, an Indonesian English-language newspaper, describes the scenes that unfolded at The Capitol on Wednesday and the outgoing president’s role in it. There is a prevailing theme among reporting on the event from all Asian countries: this was the culmination of four years…

DisUnited States

New Straits Times – 5 January 2021 Relations between Malaysia and the U.S. have been somewhat complex over the years: the two nations cooperate closely on security and are significant trading partners, however Malaysian perceptions of America have been damaged since Trump’s election and his following’s Islamophobic rhetoric. This article by New Straits Times presents…

Heartbreak, humiliation and tragedy for the United States

The Japan Times – 7 January 2021 This unforgiving headline was seen in The Japan Times’ article on the shocking events that unfolded at The Capitol building in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Japan’s reaction to the riots are a mirror of many states around the world, particularly that of close allies of the U.S.. Relations…