Foreign Service Accounts from the Oral History Archives

September 2018

August marks the 30th anniversary of the Burmese student pro-democracy demonstrations that began on “8/8/88”. The U.S. subsequently withdrew its ambassador in protest of the military regime, beginning a hiatus in relations that lasted until 2012.

The Islamic World Faces Its Future

January 2015

by Benjamin L. Landis It is apparent without further explanation that the world of Islam from the shores of the Atlantic to the extremities of the Indian Ocean is today in tumult. The causes for these chaotic conditions are rooted … Continued

Preserving the Rebalance to the Asia-Pacific Region

November 2014

By Thomas Donilon, Council on Foreign Relations Fellow Text: http://www.cfr.org/china/keynote-address-obama-china-preserving-rebalance/p33778 Review by Francis P. Sempa, Contributing Editor Thomas Donilon of the Council on Foreign Relations spoke recently at the Brookings Institution about the Obama Administration’s rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region. … Continued

Meeting the Challenge of Chinese Expansionism on the East Asian Littoral

February 2014

By Dean Cheng, Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2014/01/the-challenge-of-china-s-expansionism-in-east-asia-and-us-policy-responses Reviewed by John Sylvester A major challenge for any American administration just now is maintaining a wise balance as we cope with a rising China. It is not an expansionist power … Continued

China and Africa

April 2013

Review by Adam Clayton Powell III

China and Africa: A Century of Engagement by David H. Shinn and Joshua Eisenman, University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia PA 19104, ISBN 978-0-8122-4419-9, 523 pp.

Alliance Politics in Asia

September 2011

Reviewed by James W. White
Thomas J. Christensen, Worse Than A Monolith: Alliance Politics and Problems of Coercive Diplomacy in Asia. Princeton: Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0-691-14260-9, hard cover, (ISBN 978-0-691-14261-6 paperback), 2011, 306 pp.

Northeast Asia Regionalism and Linkages with Southeast Asia

June 2008

Along with the six-party negotiations on North Korea’s nuclear arms, talks have been quietly proceeding on broader political, economic, and security issues in Northeast Asia and a future regional “architecture” that would foster peaceful, constructive relationships into which North Korea … Continued