China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea
Politics,China,East Asia
By Amrita Jash - 29 Aug 2017

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.”
Trump’s Upbringing, Thoughts and Policies that Affect Sino-American Relations
Politics,China

By John F. Copper - 28 Aug 2017

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

Will Trump Ignite a War with China?
Politics,China

By John F. Copper - 21 Aug 2017

Will Trump Ignite a War with China?

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.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits India to Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties
Politics,South Asia

Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits India to Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraq’s Foreign Minister, held a meeting with the Indian Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, testifying to the fact that oil is high on the India-Iraq agenda. Iraq, which has always been a major source of crude for India, is back again as India’s largest crude supplier.
India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond

The India-Japan Nuclear Deal came into force on July 20, 2017. With the deal, Japan can export nuclear power plant technology to India and help India with nuclear waste management. They can also jointly manufacture nuclear power plant equipment.
Nawaz Sharif’s Fall from the Pinnacle
Politics,South Asia

Nawaz Sharif’s Fall from the Pinnacle

In the Panama Case verdict, the House of Sharif, Pakistan’s first family, has been ousted from the power-equation. This is a major blow to Nawaz Sharif’s 35-year political career and legacy.
By Abdul Basit - 01 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?
Politics,South Asia

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.  
By Bawa Singh - 28 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Hard Choices for a Small State
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

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

As a small state, Singapore’s foreign policy is largely premised on a realist approach to international relations. At the same time, the question as to whether realism can be harmonized with a principled approach to the practice of diplomacy is worth pondering.
By Benjamin Ho - 25 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
 The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy

Cambodia has recently become much closer to China in almost every respect, leading some scholars to label Cambodia-China relations as a client-patron relationship. Meanwhile, Cambodia’s bilateral relations with the US have been getting worse.
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