The 2017 ASEAN Gathering of Ministers in Manila
Politics,China,Southeast Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 15 Aug 2017

The 2017 ASEAN Gathering of Ministers in Manila

At the end of the August 2017 ASEAN gathering in Manila, ASEAN overcame all obstacles and issued a communique addressing the non-militarization of the South China Sea. Both China and ASEAN have also agreed on the framework for a Code of Conduct.
Is America Losing the Soft Power Contest in Southeast Asia?
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 14 Aug 2017

Is America Losing the Soft Power Contest in Southeast Asia?

Crisis Governance in Afghanistan and Need for Devolution
Politics,Central Asia,South Asia

By Chayanika Saxena - 09 Aug 2017

Crisis Governance in Afghanistan and Need for Devolution

Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits India to Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties
Politics,South Asia

Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits India to Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraq’s Foreign Minister, held a meeting with the Indian Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, testifying to the fact that oil is high on the India-Iraq agenda. Iraq, which has always been a major source of crude for India, is back again as India’s largest crude supplier.
India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond

The India-Japan Nuclear Deal came into force on July 20, 2017. With the deal, Japan can export nuclear power plant technology to India and help India with nuclear waste management. They can also jointly manufacture nuclear power plant equipment.
Nawaz Sharif’s Fall from the Pinnacle
Politics,South Asia

Nawaz Sharif’s Fall from the Pinnacle

In the Panama Case verdict, the House of Sharif, Pakistan’s first family, has been ousted from the power-equation. This is a major blow to Nawaz Sharif’s 35-year political career and legacy.
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Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?
Politics,South Asia

Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been entangled in the Panamagate scandal revealed on April 3, 2016. The eight offshore companies listed in the Panama Papers are linked to his family members, including a daughter, two sons, and the in-laws of his brother.  
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Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Hard Choices for a Small State
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Hard Choices for a Small State

As a small state, Singapore’s foreign policy is largely premised on a realist approach to international relations. At the same time, the question as to whether realism can be harmonized with a principled approach to the practice of diplomacy is worth pondering.
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 The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy

Cambodia has recently become much closer to China in almost every respect, leading some scholars to label Cambodia-China relations as a client-patron relationship. Meanwhile, Cambodia’s bilateral relations with the US have been getting worse.
Cambodia’s Growing Defense Ties with China: What about the US?
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Growing Defense Ties with China: What about the US?

Currently, Cambodia’s foreign policy faces significant challenges amid great power rivalry for regional influence. The high-level official defense visits between China and Cambodia highlight the strong cooperation which is widely seen to be at the expense of the US.  
By Veasna Var - 17 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Pakistan’s Middle East Predicament
Politics,South Asia

Pakistan’s Middle East Predicament

In recent years, the downward spiral in Saudi-Iran relations, the worsening Syrian conflict, the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and the rise of new diplomatic rivalries between the Sunni Arab states have created new complications for Pakistan.
By Abdul Basit - 13 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
American Tianxia: A Chinese Term for American Power
Politics,East Asia

American Tianxia: A Chinese Term for American Power

Contemporary East Asia seems to resemble much more an American tianxia than a Chinese one. And not just East Asia. America’s NATO allies are tightly integrated into US-centered security institutions, and the European Union is in effect controlled by NATO countries.
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