Mel Gurtov

Mel Gurtov is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Portland State University, Editor-in-Chief of Asian Perspective, an international affairs quarterly and blogs at In the Human Interest.

Is It Time for This War to End? Evidently Not

The Elections‑Democracy Gap

Alliance Politics in East Asia: More Security or Less?

China Calls the Shots with Russia and Europe

A Package Deal Full of Holes

Mutual Backtracking in US-China Student Exchanges

India, Israel, and America’s Double Standard

The Israel-Iran Confrontation: Episode or War?

Crimes Against Humanity in Gaza

US Complicity in Israel’s War Crimes Takes Another Step

Ending the Israel-Hamas War–Where Things Stand

Is North Korea Preparing for War?

The Taiwan Elections

The Year Ahead: Ten Issues and One Wild Card

Global Debt Is Beyond Control

Bombing Gaza–Disturbing Comparisons with Vietnam

Europe Is Moving Farther to the Right on Energy and Immigration

Myanmar’s Junta Is in Trouble

COP28–Doing Less While Pretending to Do More

Israel’s Intelligence Failure: Worse Than We Thought

When Will It End? Some Might Prefer It Didn’t

Ceasefire? Obstacles and Opportunities

Biden’s Choices

The Doubtful Future of the American Experiment

A Crisis in the Palestinian Authority

Alarm over Kim Jong Un’s Russia Trip

Vietnam and the United States: A Transformed Relationship

Evaluating Three Peace Plans for the Ukraine War

China’s Rise Hits a Wall

The Fukushima Tragedy Resurfaces

No Free Lunch: The Hidden Costs of EVs

China’s (Un)popularity

Russia, Niger, and Coup Politics in Africa

The Widening Breach, in Israel and in Israel-US Relations

China’s Faltering Economy and Its Implications

Assessing Treasury Secretary Yellen’s Beijing Journey

Who Needs Chinese Scientists? America Does

The Coup That Wasn’t

On the Trump Indictment

The Taiwan Imbroglio

Kissinger at 100

Out of Touch: The US-China Communications Gap

Nuclear Politics: The US-South Korea “Washington Declaration”

TikTok and US National Insecurity

A Political Lynching

The Climate Time Bomb

Deepening Tensions on the Korean Peninsula Demand New Thinking in Washington

No Exit: Two Ukraine Peace Proposals Going Nowhere

The Coup in Israel

More on the China Balloon Episode: Much Ado About Very Little