Will Pakistan Stop Appeasing the Religious Right?
Politics,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 22 Nov 2018

Will Pakistan Stop Appeasing the Religious Right?

Following the Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Asia Bibi in the blasphemy case, Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan’s rabble rousing clerics provoked open mutiny within the military and issued calls to kill the three Supreme Court judges.
What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?
Politics,South Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Nov 2018

What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?

The Modi-Abe Meeting and the Emerging Strategic Equation
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

By Paras Ratna - 20 Nov 2018

The Modi-Abe Meeting and the Emerging Strategic Equation

Better Late Than Never? The Final Verdicts of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Politics,Southeast Asia

Better Late Than Never? The Final Verdicts of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

On November 16, 2018, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal handed down its verdicts for Case 002/02. The surviving top leaders of the Khmer Rouge, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, were found guilty of “various crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.”
Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China
Politics,Security,China

Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China

The Trump administration’s concept of the “Indo-Pacific” should be placed in the context of the main strategic aims of his administration: to preserve the world primacy of the US and to prevent a strong China from displacing the US in Asia.
Trump’s Asia Policy is Mostly About China
Politics,China

Trump’s Asia Policy is Mostly About China

With the exception of its attempt to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, the US’ Asia policy is mostly about China, or more accurately, what other countries can do to help it win its struggle with China for dominance in the region.
Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 1)

It is more than 21 years since Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China. Much has happened that is positive since 1997. At the same time there have been recurring political incidents and stand-offs. Could the HKSAR see a positive future within China?
Meeting China’s Rise: Proposing A New Rebalancing Strategy for ASEAN
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Meeting China’s Rise: Proposing A New Rebalancing Strategy for ASEAN

ASEAN states’ unwavering support of the “ASEAN Way,” characterized by the making of consensus in tackling regional issues, probably suggested that they maintained a prudent and pragmatic diplomatic posture towards China, in between firm rebalancing and full endorsement.
The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia

The Middle Finger that Voted: Elections in Afghanistan

Middle fingers painted in blue ink, millions of Afghans went to the polls, electing people to the lower house of the Parliament and the District Councils. Aside from macro implications, these elections demonstrated popular faith in the strengths of institutional democracy.
Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Withdrawal of EU Trade Preferences: What Choices Does Cambodia Have?

The EU warned that it would withdraw its trade preferences given to Cambodia, if Cambodia could not reverse the perceived deterioration of its human rights situation. The country should not underestimate the potential severe impact of the withdrawal on its garment industry.
Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India
Politics,South Asia

Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India

In October 2018, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa won the general elections of Bhutan while the governing party was eliminated. Many analysts believed that the new government would reduce dependence on India while strengthening cooperation with China.
By Nian Peng - 06 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Relations: From Détente to Seeking a New Normal

It’s on everybody’s lips: the smoother relationship between China and Japan, the world’s second and third economies. The conventional explanation for this round of cozying up is that the common challenge of trade wars is uniting the two Northeast Asian rivals.
By Tai Wei Lim - 05 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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