Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia
Politics,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 08 May 2017

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia

The Trump administration in its first 100 days has indicated its obligations to its network of allies and friends by focusing on mitigating or resolving the nuclear crisis in North Korea. The US is also working with China in contributing to the resolution of the standoff.
Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?
Politics,East Asia

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 05 May 2017

Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?

The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy
Politics,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 04 May 2017

The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy

 India and Russia Resetting Ties after 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations
Politics,East Asia

India and Russia Resetting Ties after 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Bilateral relations between India and Russia had begun drifting with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. More recent developments have caused much skepticism in Indian strategic circles. Both countries seem to be resetting ties, keeping in mind larger strategic interests.
Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?
Politics,China

Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?

The greatest concern stems from China’s potential hegemonic status in the world and “the ideological incompatibility of China with the Western value system.” However, the only aspect which can be considered a threat is when there are challenges to China’s core national interests.
ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia

ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Cambodia celebrates its 18th birthday in ASEAN. What are the challenges Cambodia has to confront and what opportunities will this regional group bring to the country?
Functionalism and Global Cooperation
Politics,Society

Functionalism and Global Cooperation

Functionalism in international relations is based on the idea of cooperation between different groups of people based on enhancing their mutual interests, detecting common needs, and sharing public goods.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities
Politics,Security,East Asia

Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities

Taking advantage of the geopolitical opening created by fleeting US foreign policy and the drawdown of Western forces from Afghanistan in 2014, Moscow is trying to outflank Washington in Afghanistan.
By Abdul Basit - 12 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Xi-Trump Summit: Failure or Success?
Politics,Security

The Xi-Trump Summit: Failure or Success?

President Xi’s objectives were to have a good first get-together with President Trump and dampen speculation that they would not get along or that there were explosive issues that divided them and the two countries.
The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”
Politics,Security

The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”

Trump’s “America First” rhetoric described his prioritizing of US interests above those of other countries. The new sense of “America First” that was underscored by Trump’s missile strikes returns to the older understanding of the US as first among equals amid the nations of the world.  
The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit
Politics,Security

The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit

North Korea is high on the agenda of the Xi-Trump meeting. The US is urging China to exercise its traditional friendship and influence on North Korea to persuade the regime to tone down its missile development and reverse its intention to own weapons of mass destruction.
By Tai Wei Lim - 07 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy
Politics,South Asia

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s position has been consolidated with the BJP’s convincing triumphs in two North Indian states, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. The question on many people’s minds is whether he will utilize his political capital for reorienting ties with countries in the neighborhood.
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