One of the world's worst nightmares could in fact be an unexpected opportunity.
The precise wording of UN resolutions and the smallest of concessions by Pyongyang are telltale signs that change is underway.
A small bronze statue in Busan has kicked off a surprisingly big argument.
It's all very well to be intimidating, but China needs to win people over too.
One of the world's cleaner democracies just threw out its president for corruption. How can countries do a better job of keeping their leaders clean?
The frenzied response to this year's most examined courtesy call played right into Beijing's hands.
Will the world be safer if Trump meant the things he said on the campaign trail, or if he didn't?
East Asian pupils continue to outpace their counterparts in Western schools.
China may have more to gain from Trump's rise than any other nation – but the risks of a miscalculation are enormous.
The world's most isolated country has a lot going on – and its complex internal dynamics are too often overlooked.
After North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9, the U.S. is calling for tighter global sanctions. New research shows that this strategy actually helps North Korea.
Vietnam is deeply spooked by the struggle over the South China Sea – but its friends in south-east Asia aren't so keen to stand up to Beijing.
China's stewardship of the G20 has been unusually practical and results-focused. Can the world's biggest economies live up to it?
Japan is already in the midst of one delicate constitutional debate – and now it's been confronted with another.
Two of East Asia's biggest powers are still technically at war and deadlocked over contested territories. Now one of them wants to be friends.
Speaking at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Barack Obama sounded a hopeful note – but both the US and Japan still fall short.
As the tension in the East China Sea continues to mount, Japan's militaristic conservatives are putting their country on an aggressive footing.
Some are calling on the president to issue an apology when he visits Hiroshima. But an East Asia expert says his visit will focus on remembrance, and explains why that is enough.
A rare glimpse of North Korea's political strategy offers no earth-shattering revelations, but clears up a lot of unanswered questions.
China's unpredictable neighbour is a massive liability – and one to be handled with kid gloves.