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Americans Remain Committed to South Korea, View North Korea as an Adversary

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

2021 Chicago Council Survey data show that a majority of Americans hold favorable views of South Korea and would support defending the country from a North Korean attack.

North Korean missile test from September 2021.
Reuters
Public Opinion

For First Time, Half of Americans Favor Defending Taiwan If China Invades

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

2021 Chicago Council Survey data show a majority of Americans support a range of US policies towards Taiwan: recognition as an independent country, inclusion in international organizations, and a US-Taiwan free trade agreement.

Taiwan ship and flag
REUTERS
Public Opinion

Americans, Japanese, and South Koreans Wary of China's Intentions

RESEARCH
Report by Coauthors

American, Japanese, and South Korean publics see China as a more of a threat than a partner. Trilateral cooperation will be key to managing China's rise.

Sung Kim, Noh Kyu-duk, and Takehiro Funakoshi standing in front of flags on flag poles
Reuters
Public Opinion

US, Japan, and South Korea Coordination Key to Competing in Southeast Asia

RESEARCH
Report by Coauthors

In picking fronts that offer the paths of least resistance, trilateral cooperation will maximize the presence of all three countries in ASEAN, maintaining balance in the region and making collective progress toward economic and development goals.

Ships from the United States and Jpa
US Navy
Defense and Security

Cooperating, Competing, Confronting: US-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Cooperation as China Rises

RESEARCH
Report by Coauthors

A report from the Task Force on Trilateral Cooperation Amid China’s Rise recommends a new policy mix that leverages each country’s individual strengths and advantages.

ships in the south china sea
REUTERS
US Foreign Policy

Ahead of Biden-Suga Summit, Americans See Japan as the United States' Most Important Partner

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Craig Kafura and Karl Friedhoff analyze findings of a recent poll examining American public opinion on US relations with Japan.

President Joe Biden meets with the leaders of Japan, India, and Australia
The White House
Public Opinion

South Koreans See China as More Threat than Partner, But Not the Most Critical Threat Facing the Country

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

Majorities of South Koreans cite low birthrates in South Korea and North Korea’s nuclear program as larger threats than China's economic or military power.

2021 meeting between Moon, Blinken, and Austin
REUTERS
Public Opinion

American Public Divided on Cooperating with, Confronting China

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Karl Friedhoff

A March 2021 survey finds Americans see US priorities in Asia to be less about limiting the expansion of China and more about economic growth and strengthening democracy.

A guard outside the People Hall in Beijing.
REUTERS
Public Opinion

Preventing Nuclear Proliferation and Reassuring America's Allies

RESEARCH
Report by Coauthors

A task force, cochaired by Chuck Hagel, Malcolm Rifkind, and Kevin Rudd with Ivo Daalder, argues that fraying American alliances and a rapidly changing security environment have shaken America’s nuclear security guarantees and threaten the 50-year-old nuclear nonproliferation regime.

Then US Vice President Joe Biden visits Observation Post Ouellette inside the DMZ, the military border separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom in 2013.
REUTERS
Defense and Security

Divisions on US-China Policy: Opinion Leaders and the Public

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Craig Kafura, Dina Smeltz, Joshua Busby, Joshua D. Kertzer, Jonathan Monten, and Jordan Tama analyze recent surveys of foreign policy professionals and the American public on the degree of threat posed by China and how the United States should respond.

A US dollar banknote featuring American founding father Benjamin Franklin and a China's yuan banknote featuring late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong are seen among US and Chinese flags.
REUTERS/Jason Lee
Public Opinion