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

By Veasna Var & Sovinda Po - 18 Apr 2017

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

ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

By Kimkong Heng - 17 Apr 2017

ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia

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...
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...
The Xi-Trump Summit: Failure or Success?
Politics,Security

The Xi-Trump Summit: Failure or Success?

President Xi’s objectives were to have a good first get-together with President Trump and dampen speculation that they would not get along or that there were explosive issues that divided them and the two countries.
The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”
Politics,Security

The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”

Trump’s “America First” rhetoric described his prioritizing of US interests above those of other countries. The new sense of “America First” that was underscored by Trump’s missile strikes returns to the older understanding of the US as first among equals amid the nations of the world.  
The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit
Politics,Security

The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit

North Korea is high on the agenda of the Xi-Trump meeting. The US is urging China to exercise its traditional friendship and influence on North Korea to persuade the regime to tone down its missile development and reverse its intention to own weapons of mass destruction.
By Tai Wei Lim - 07 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy
Politics,South Asia

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s position has been consolidated with the BJP’s convincing triumphs in two North Indian states, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The question on many people’s minds is whether he will utilize his political capital for reorienting ties with countries in the neighborhood.
China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong
Politics,Hotspots,China

China-Russia Strategic Cooperation: The West Has So Far Gotten It Wrong

Contrary to the dominant views that picture the China-Russia strategic partnership as shaky and unsustainable, the two countries have created strong institutional foundations, and only minor steps are necessary for a formal and functioning military alliance to materialize.
Trump’s Worldview: Some Preliminary Observations
Politics

Trump’s Worldview: Some Preliminary Observations

One might argue that US President Donald Trump lacks a worldview. In fact, as he was campaigning to become president, he developed a worldview. There were two choices for him: Preserve the liberal democratic globalism model, or shift to the realist, sovereign nation-state mode of maintaining world order.
Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan and the February 28 Incident: Piecing the Facts Together

The flashpoint erupted on February 27, 1947 in Taipei, when a dispute developed between an unlicensed cigarette vendor and a Tobacco and Alcohol Monopoly Bureau officer. Violence flared the following morning on February 28 and resulted in a suppression by the government.  
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