Trump And The South China Sea: Doing The Right Thing For The Wrong Reasons
Politics,Hotspots
By Mark J. Valencia - 19 May 2017

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.  
South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications
Politics,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 18 May 2017

South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications

The Pakistan Factor in India-Turkey Relations
Politics,South Asia

By Bawa Singh - 15 May 2017

The Pakistan Factor in India-Turkey Relations

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.
The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge

The most important area in which ASEAN can contribute is to bring about the ASEAN Community with cultures and historical backgrounds different from those of the European Union. The new global conditions present Southeast Asia with opportunities and challenges.
Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia

The Trump administration in its first 100 days has indicated its obligations to its network of allies and friends by focusing on mitigating or resolving the nuclear crisis in North Korea. The US is also working with China in contributing to the resolution of the standoff.
By Tai Wei Lim - 08 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?
Politics,East Asia

Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?

Cao Changqing is a commentator in Taiwan who often sides with the Democratic Progressive Party in criticizing China. Would he be willing to be the first martyr to die for the sake of creating the Republic of Taiwan? It is very, very doubtful.
The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy
Politics,South Asia

The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy

With the completion of the power transition in Washington DC, the Trump administration is adopting a more assertive and muscular regional policy to fill the diplomatic void and power vacuum created in South Asia during the 2016 US presidential election.  
By Abdul Basit - 04 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
 India and Russia Resetting Ties after 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations
Politics,East Asia

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.
Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?
Politics,China

Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?

The greatest concern stems from China’s potential hegemonic status in the world and “the ideological incompatibility of China with the Western value system.” However, the only aspect which can be considered a threat is when there are challenges to China’s core national interests.
ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia

ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Cambodia celebrates its 18th birthday in ASEAN. What are the challenges Cambodia has to confront and what opportunities will this regional group bring to the country?
Functionalism and Global Cooperation
Politics,Society

Functionalism and Global Cooperation

Functionalism in international relations is based on the idea of cooperation between different groups of people based on enhancing their mutual interests, detecting common needs, and sharing public goods.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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