Pakistan’s Unenviable Position in the Intra-Arab Rift
Politics,Hotspots,South Asia
By Aditi Bhaduri - 21 Jul 2017

Pakistan’s Unenviable Position in the Intra-Arab Rift

On June 12, 2017, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to Jeddah to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He was reportedly bluntly asked by King Salman: “Are you with us or with Qatar?”
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 12 Jul 2017

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A
Politics,Hotspots

By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Jun 2017

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A

Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism

The recent London Bridge attack underscores two major trends: IS terrorists are targeting civilians in the main Western cities and they are using low-tech methods like vehicle ramming and stabbing.
By Abdul Basit - 20 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?
Environment,Hotspots

A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?

Lost amid the recent cacophony of nationalist rhetoric regarding the disputes in the South China Sea have been calls for the claimants to agree to set aside part of the area for environmental preservation. This suggestion is both idealistic and unrealistic.
Qatar and the Crisis in the Middle East
Politics,Hotspots

Qatar and the Crisis in the Middle East

On June 5, 2017, Qatar suddenly suffered diplomatic isolation and economic blockade for its alleged support of terrorism. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen, Mauritius, Mauritania, the Maldives, and the eastern government of Libya, have cut ties with Qatar.
Who Will Fire the First Shot in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots

Who Will Fire the First Shot in the South China Sea?

China and ASEAN agreed to a framework for the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea in May 2017. Hopefully, after this agreement, none of the claimants or concerned sea-powers would need to fire the first shot.  
Has Trump’s Worldview Become More Discernible?
Politics,Hotspots

Has Trump’s Worldview Become More Discernible?

Judging from Trump’s focus on making deals and building up US military forces to facilitate negotiations, he espouses a realist view of the world. He is not an idealist. He puts little stock in promoting lofty principles.
Trump And The South China Sea: Doing The Right Thing For The Wrong Reasons
Politics,Hotspots

Trump And The South China Sea: Doing The Right Thing For The Wrong Reasons

It appears that Trump has paused criticism and actions against China in exchange for its assistance in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program. This transactional approach means that his foreign policy is negotiable and not based on principles.  
Implications of Trump’s Flip-Flop on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots

Implications of Trump’s Flip-Flop on the South China Sea

US President Donald Trump’s flip-flopping policy regarding China’s claims and actions in the South China Sea have fundamental implications for the security paradigm in the region and perhaps beyond.
Cambodia’s South China Sea Dilemma Between China and ASEAN
Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s South China Sea Dilemma Between China and ASEAN

Some Cambodian political analysts have concluded that balancing between ASEAN and China on the contentious issue of the South China Sea is and will continue to be the most significant strategic challenge for Cambodia’s foreign policy in the 21st century.
Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea

Taking into consideration brief moments of hopeful peace in the past in the Korean Peninsula, there is a chance for peace in the current crisis and a return to the earlier state of functionalist constructivist cooperation if all stakeholders show the political will to do so.
By Tai Wei Lim - 01 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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