Trump’s South Asia Policy May Lead to India’s Regional Isolation
Politics,South Asia
By Bawa Singh - 14 Sep 2017

Trump’s South Asia Policy May Lead to India’s Regional Isolation

In Trump’s new South Asia policy, India has been asked to do more, while on the other hand, Pakistan has been rebuked for aiding and abetting terrorists by providing safe havens in its territory. Against this backdrop, it is anticipated that these will lead to India’s regional isolation.
Duterte’s ASEAN Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Aaron Jed Rabena - 13 Sep 2017

Duterte’s ASEAN Policy

Trump’s New Afghan Policy: Too Early for India to Celebrate
Politics,South Asia

By Chayanika Saxena - 12 Sep 2017

Trump’s New Afghan Policy: Too Early for India to Celebrate

Taiwan’s Opposition Leader Faces Internal and External Challenges
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan’s Opposition Leader Faces Internal and External Challenges

On August 20, 2017, Wu Den-yih was inaugurated as the new chairman of Taiwan’s opposition party, the Kuomintang. 2020 will be the year Taiwan has to elect a new president. Can Wu succeed in helping a KMT member to become the next president?
India and the Middle East: Walking a Diplomatic Tightrope
Politics,South Asia

India and the Middle East: Walking a Diplomatic Tightrope

India has so far dexterously balanced its relations with the different power centers in the Middle East. The countries of the GCC, led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia, together host around seven million Indian expatriate workers who remit back hefty foreign exchange.
Nawaz Sharif’s Exit and the Pakistan-China-India Triangle: Why Islamabad Needs a Serious Re-Think
Politics,China,South Asia

Nawaz Sharif’s Exit and the Pakistan-China-India Triangle: Why Islamabad Needs a Serious Re-Think

All eyes in the next few months will be on how former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will play his cards vis-à-vis the Pakistan army. If one were to look beyond the domestic ramifications, the first point which needs to be closely examined is how China has reacted to the instability.
China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea
Politics,China,East Asia

China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea

In early August 2017, Japan lodged a protest with China over its gas exploration in a disputed area of the East China Sea. Confirming the presence of a Chinese drillship close to Tokyo’s proposed median line, Japan accused China of conducting “unilateral development.”
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Trump’s Upbringing, Thoughts and Policies that Affect Sino-American Relations
Politics,China

Trump’s Upbringing, Thoughts and Policies that Affect Sino-American Relations

US President Donald Trump wrote: “China is our enemy.” He said China was an enemy because of weak and incompetent US officials that were taken to the cleaners by smart and seasoned Chinese negotiators, and he would fix that and turn China into a friend.
Will Trump Ignite a War with China?
Politics,China

Will Trump Ignite a War with China?

One of the arguments for a coming war is the Thucydides Trap theory. It goes that the situation of a status quo power (Sparta in ancient Greece) and a fast rising power that challenges the former (Athens) creates a condition wherein neither can tolerate the other.
The 2017 ASEAN Gathering of Ministers in Manila
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

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.
By Tai Wei Lim - 15 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Is America Losing the Soft Power Contest in Southeast Asia?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Is America Losing the Soft Power Contest in Southeast Asia?

For 70 years the United States has dominated Southeast Asia with both hard and soft power. While its hard power is still dominant and may even grow, its soft power seems to have declined. This decrease is both absolute and relative to that of China.
Crisis Governance in Afghanistan and Need for Devolution
Politics,Central Asia,South Asia

Crisis Governance in Afghanistan and Need for Devolution

The stilted evolution of democracy in Afghanistan has been further affected by the existence and proliferation of competing centers of power outside the scope of the constitution. Parallel structures of governance have impacted the overall democratic structure adversely.
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