Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?
Politics,South Asia
By Bawa Singh - 28 Jul 2017

Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been entangled in the Panamagate scandal revealed on April 3, 2016. The eight offshore companies listed in the Panama Papers are linked to his family members, including a daughter, two sons, and the in-laws of his brother.  
Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Hard Choices for a Small State
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Benjamin Ho - 25 Jul 2017

Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Hard Choices for a Small State

 The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Veasna Var & Sovinda Po - 20 Jul 2017

The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy

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.”
Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea
Politics,China

Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea

The outlines of the Trump administration’s policy toward China and the South China Sea are emerging from a fog of confusing and contradictory statements and actions. It is beginning to look more or less like a continuation of that of the Obama administration, with some new twists.
The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?
Politics

The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?

The unexpected election result that saw the Conservative Party losing its parliamentary majority plunged the UK into political instability and raised the spectre of an exit from Brexit — an almost unthinkable black swan event.  
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