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.

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

The Case of the Chinese Balloon

Risky Business: Japan Steps Out

Ukraine’s Future: Peace Through War?

The Threat Business: Russia or China?

China’s COVID Uprising

The Biden-Xi Summit in Bali

A Post-Election Caution

Time to Reset Military Relations with Saudi Arabia

Europe’s Far-Right Lurch

Xi does well in Central Asia, Taiwan fares well in the US Senate

Another Missed Opportunity in US-China Relations

Brazil’s Election and the Future of the Amazon

Europe’s Great Energy Game

Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip: A Needless Provocation

Five Reasons Why Nancy Pelosi Should Postpone a Trip to Taiwan

Back to the Future: Biden in the Middle East

Water, Water, No Longer Everywhere

China’s Surveillance State and its Meaning for Us

Europe’s Uneasy Unity on the War in Ukraine

Co-opted: The UN’s Misguided Mission to Xinjiang

The Arsenal, but Not of Democracy

Biden, Taiwan, and Strategic Ambiguity

North Korea: Missiles Over Human Security

It’s “Now or Never” on Climate Change

From Cold War to Cold War

The Coming Old New Order