Board Member, New America Media
Mar 21 , 2020
It was the world’s most dramatic two weeks for the turmoil caused by the novel coronavirus. From the giant statues of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and scenic beauty of Patagonia, I followed with enforced detachment. The World Health Organization declared Covid-19 as a world pandemic during this period. With the coronavirus spreading to 80 countries in a blink of eye, the stock market plummeted to a level not seen since Trump came into office.
Feb 21 , 2017
The Asia Society and the University of California, San Diego, under the co-chairmanship of Orville Schell and Susan Shirk, have published a task force report on “US Policy Toward China: Recommendations for a New Administration.” Roughly two years in the making, the point of this report in light of the timing — published in February 2017 — is to serve as a guide for the Trump administration.
Dec 22 , 2016
Unfortunately for President-elect Trump, he can’t ignore the conflagration of the Middle East that he will inherit from his predecessors. But he can avoid creating more conflicts and new regional tensions elsewhere if he sticks to the idea of getting along with everybody. In the case of China, Trump has the opportunity to break cleanly from the past.
Sep 23 , 2016
September’s global summits saw the U.S. and China agreeing to abide by the Paris Accord on limiting emission of greenhouse gases, an influential and important step in encouraging others to follow their lead. On other issues, the two countries took divergent paths.
Apr 06 , 2016
Through interventionist misadventures in Iraq, Syria, and Libya, the U.S. has been a major contributing factor in the unrest and has proven incapable of maintaining peace and order by its own effort. China has a non-confrontational approach to international relations and can be an effective partner in complementing the U.S. in anti-terrorism efforts.
Jan 18 , 2016
George Koo describes how a treaty between the U.S. and North Korea was within grasp until George W. Bush’s administration halted the proceedings. Since then, dealing with Pyongyang has become a blame game between the U.S. and China.
Nov 04 , 2015
The U.S. and U.K. are practically two nations joined at the hip due to their common root in history, language and culture. Yet the outcomes of China's president Xi Jinping's state visits to the two countries weeks apart could not be more dramatically different.The future of one bilateral relations is bright, the other is much less certain. It's time to take a deep look and understand why.
Oct 19 , 2015
As the prospect of the opposition party DPP winning the Taiwan presidential election increases, cross-Straits relations could be in for a long winter. George Koo argues Beijing faces a Taiwan with fewer options, even Japan could join the U.S. to interfere in how Beijing and Taipei deal with each other.
Aug 28 , 2015
For most of his administration, Obama’s foreign policy followed the disastrous course left by his predecessor combined with his desire to offend the least number of his Congressional critics. George Koo provides four suggestions for Obama to make a positive course correction.
Aug 17 , 2015
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s speech on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII proves that he is master of words that couldn’t be reduced to substance.