India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond
Politics,East Asia,South Asia
By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 03 Aug 2017

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

By Abdul Basit - 01 Aug 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s Fall from the Pinnacle

Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?
Politics,South Asia

By Bawa Singh - 28 Jul 2017

Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?

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.
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A
Politics,Hotspots

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A

The first FONOP under the Trump administration occurred in late May 2017, when the USS Dewey made a non-innocent passage within 12 nm of Mischief Reef. It raised questions as to the purpose and effectiveness of US FONOPs in the South China Sea.
Modi’s Visit to Israel and Indian-Israeli Relations
Politics,South Asia

Modi’s Visit to Israel and Indian-Israeli Relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel in July 2017, in a year which marks the 25th anniversary of Indian-Israeli ties, is probably amongst his most important so far. The India-Israel FTA may move forward during Modi’s visit.
The US’ China Policy: A Perspective from Asia
Politics,China

The US’ China Policy: A Perspective from Asia

This essay examines the apparent “failure” of the US’ China policy through the lens of moral relativism, and argues that if looked through China’s historical and cultural identity, the West has been successfully in engaging China economically, though not necessarily politically.
Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?
Politics,China,East Asia

Can Taiwan Officials and Politicians Play a Role in the Chinese Mainland?

In September 1981, Ye Jianying of the CPC laid down the famous nine-point proposal. The fifth point states that “The Taiwan authorities and representatives from all walks of life may serve as leadership positions in the national political institutions and participate in state administration.”
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