The Revised US-South Korea FTA: Towards Fairer Trade?
Politics,Economy,East Asia
By Min-Hua Chiang - 17 Jan 2019

The Revised US-South Korea FTA: Towards Fairer Trade?

The revised KORUS FTA was implemented on January 1, 2019. While South Korea made concessions on automobiles, steel and aluminum, the US only promised to ease Korean textile exports to America. The FTA can be a model for US trade deals with other Asian countries.
Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 16 Jan 2019

Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan

Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 15 Jan 2019

Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization

Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?

On my first trip to Afghanistan which I had, so far, researched from distance, both the urgency of negotiations and the deteriorating security situation were palpable. One’s stay in Kabul is enough for one to realize that peace and stability are still a far cry for this country.
Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia

The unparalleled mix of the EU’s wish to have a complementary relationship with China, the priority it gives to trade, as well as the divisions within the Union that interrupt its common foreign policy, explain why it contributes little to Southeast Asian security.
Modi-Solih Pact: A Challenge to China in the Maldives
Politics,China,South Asia

Modi-Solih Pact: A Challenge to China in the Maldives

Maldives’ President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s visit to India marks a new line of engagement in strengthening the two countries’ bilateral relations, which had fallen under the shadow of a Chinese stronghold under former President Abdulla Yameen.
By Rishi Gupta - 10 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Taiwan Midterm Elections: Hints for the 2020 Presidential Election?
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan Midterm Elections: Hints for the 2020 Presidential Election?

Some celebrated the functioning democracy in Taiwan, the only Chinese society in the world to be practising liberal democracy. For some, the election results represented possibilities for retooling relations with Beijing, but others fear this would send the wrong signals to Beijing.
By Tai Wei Lim - 09 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
India-Pakistan Trade and the China Factor
Politics,Economy,South Asia

India-Pakistan Trade and the China Factor

The Kartarpur Corridor would not just provide opportunity to Sikh pilgrims to pay obeisance at one of their holiest shrines, but could also give a fillip to economic linkages between both Punjabs. China was supportive of the initiative.
Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 3)
Politics,Hotspots,China

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 3)

As Hong Kong orients itself towards the future, it needs to reinvigorate its collective consciousness. Its people must find the courage to admit to a new reality in its relations with the People’s Republic and find the voice to weave a new strategy and story that make sense.
Is India Recalibrating its Afghan Policy?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Is India Recalibrating its Afghan Policy?

It would certainly seem so. After years, nay decades, of refusal to talk to the Taliban, India sent its representatives to Moscow on November 9, 2018 to finally sit at the same table as the representatives of the militant organization at the “Moscow format.”
The Islamic State of Khorasan Expands in Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Islamic State of Khorasan Expands in Afghanistan

Following the Islamic State’s battlefield and territorial losses in the Middle East, its franchise in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the Islamic State of Khorasan, has emerged as the group’s most brutal iteration.
By Abdul Basit - 03 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
The DPP Electoral Debacle Was Predestined by Three Public Opinion Trends
Politics,East Asia

The DPP Electoral Debacle Was Predestined by Three Public Opinion Trends

The results of Taiwan’s 2018 nine-in-one local elections surprised many observers. There are three important public opinion trends that paved the way for the DPP’s debacle and the KMT’s victory.
By Dongtao Qi - 02 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
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