April 2, 2014

Is the Asian "pivot" really dead?

By Keith B. Richburg, April 2, 2014 Whatever happened to the Obama administration’s “pivot” to Asia? The strategic refocus was announced with great fanfare, coming first in […]
January 23, 2014

Corruption Threatens Chinese Regime's Legitimacy

By Keith B. Richburg, January 23, 2014 Widespread, massive corruption is the biggest threat to social stability in China and to the Communist Party’s durability in power.  […]
January 8, 2014

Democracy Faces Challenges in Asia

By Keith B. Richburg, January 8, 2014 Christmas and New Year’s holiday travel took me to three places in Asia where people were on the streets protesting […]
December 11, 2013

China Tightens Screws on Foreign Reporters

By Keith B. Richburg, December 11, 2013 Vice-president Joe Biden’s recent trip to Beijing focused a spotlight on the Chinese government’s often heavy-handed treatment of Western journalists, […]
October 7, 2013

GOP Shutdown Damages U.S. Standing

By Keith B. Richburg, October 7, 2013 Seen from abroad — and I’m in China at the moment — the U.S. government shutdown seems worse than absurd; […]
September 24, 2013

The Nairobi Siege Should Make Us Reflect

By Keith B. Richburg, September 24, 2013 The four-day siege of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, near where I once lived, is a sobering reminder yet again, […]
September 6, 2013

Echoes of Iraq, and Somalia, in Syria Intervention

By Keith B. Richburg, September 6, 2013 Generals are always fighting the last war, or so the old adage goes.  I would add my own corollary; politicians […]
August 4, 2013

Privacy v Security is a Balancing Act

By Keith B. Richburg, August 4, 2013 The precautionary closing this weekend of nearly two dozen American diplomatic facilities around the world due to a suspected terrorist […]
July 18, 2013

Fear of Talking About Race

By Keith B. Richburg, July 18, 2013 I don’t normally comment on American domestic issues, since my specialty is foreign affairs, and I’m currently in China. But […]