2018: A Year of Elections in South Asia
Politics,South Asia
By Rishi Gupta - 23 Jan 2019

2018: A Year of Elections in South Asia

Despite political deadlocks and the beginning of democratic development especially in Nepal and Bhutan, the year 2018 witnessed the successful completion of general elections in five South Asian countries.
US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 22 Jan 2019

US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks

Rising Uncertainty in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle in 2019
Politics,East Asia

By Xiaolin Duan - 18 Jan 2019

Rising Uncertainty in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle in 2019

The Revised US-South Korea FTA: Towards Fairer Trade?
Politics,Economy,East Asia

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

Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the pullout of 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan took both his allies and adversaries by surprise. It will change the calculus on the ground in Afghanistan with far-reaching consequences for regional peace and security.
By Abdul Basit - 16 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization

Singapore’s relations with China can be traced back to the precolonial period. Archeological digs have uncovered “Chinese glass beads and vessels, as well as the fragment of a rare porcelain pillow and a unique compass bowl,” suggesting “an exceptionally close relationship with China.”
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.
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