India and Russia Resetting Ties after 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations
Politics,East Asia
By Aditi Bhaduri - 28 Apr 2017

India and Russia Resetting Ties after 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Bilateral relations between India and Russia had begun drifting with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. More recent developments have caused much skepticism in Indian strategic circles. Both countries seem to be resetting ties, keeping in mind larger strategic interests.
China’s East China Sea ADIZ is Not a “Grab for Sovereignty”
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 28 Apr 2017

China’s East China Sea ADIZ is Not a “Grab for Sovereignty”

World Peace Isn’t Your Toy
Security,East Asia

By Jaewoo Choo - 27 Apr 2017

World Peace Isn’t Your Toy

Treason and Resistance to Pension Reform in Taiwan
Society,East Asia

Treason and Resistance to Pension Reform in Taiwan

Reform to Taiwan’s military pension threatens to upend its national security and upset the US security calculus in the Asia-Pacific. Anxiety among Taiwan’s military has spilled over into opposition to President Tsai Ing-wen, resulting in a growing shift of support from Taiwan to mainland China.
The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula

Japan and South Korea are working with the US to ensure all preparatory defensive measures are up to par and have sharpened their coordination in all defensive matters. Both countries have also pledged support for peace and diplomatic solutions to the Korean Peninsula crisis.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Philippines' Relations with China and Japan: A Pragmatic Approach under Duterte
Economy,East Asia,Southeast Asia

Philippines' Relations with China and Japan: A Pragmatic Approach under Duterte

In October 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte visited China and Japan, two of the country’s important economic partners. His trips earned the Philippines millions of dollars’ worth of Chinese and Japanese loans and investments.
Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?

US President Donald Trump has been advocating striking North Korea’s nuclear facilities since taking office in January. However, he will be restrained from delivering such an order for both empirical and strategic reasons. And China knows too well that it won’t happen.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities
Politics,Security,East Asia

Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities

Taking advantage of the geopolitical opening created by fleeting US foreign policy and the drawdown of Western forces from Afghanistan in 2014, Moscow is trying to outflank Washington in Afghanistan.
By Abdul Basit - 12 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Time to Downplay North Korea’s Nuclear Program
Security,East Asia

Time to Downplay North Korea’s Nuclear Program

Peter Murphy is a US Army civil affairs officer and a master’s candidate in Global Affairs and Policy at Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul. He received his Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Michigan and a Master of International Relations degree from Bond University in Australia.
By Peter Murphy - 08 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics
Society,East Asia

The Rise of Women in Japanese Politics

Opposition party leader Renho Murata is the first half-Japanese and half-Taiwanese leader to assume this important portfolio. Defence Minister, Tomomi Inada, has held impressive portfolios in the past, including the Minister in charge of promoting “Cool Japan”.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Negotiated Compromise with North Korea is Better than Status Quo
Security,East Asia

Negotiated Compromise with North Korea is Better than Status Quo

If negotiations resulted in a “freeze” in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and a lowering of the risk of war, South Korea and Japan would probably be better off than living under constant threat. To obtain this concession from North Korea, the US would have to make genuine compromises.  
South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies
Security,East Asia

South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies

On March 3, 2016, South Korea passed the Act on Anti-Terrorism for the Protection of Citizens and Public Security. The Act had been stalled for 14 years, as it envisaged the expansion of the National Intelligence Service’s powers to survey and arrest terrorist suspects and also dissenters of governmental policy more broadly.
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