New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers
Politics,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Jun 2017

New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers

Former PM Lee Hae-chan have been given presidential orders by Moon Jae-in to conduct diplomacy with China, and media industry tycoon Hong Seok-hyun has been dispatched to the US to have a dialogue with US officials about the Korean Peninsula crisis.
GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Aditi Bhaduri - 21 Jun 2017

GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now

Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism
Politics,Security,Hotspots

By Abdul Basit - 20 Jun 2017

Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism

China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?
Politics,East Asia

China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?

On June 13, 2017, China and Panama jointly announced they had established formal diplomatic relations, and Panama declared it was breaking ties with Taiwan. The reaction in Taiwan reflected more hurt and anger than usual over the exit of a friend and “ally.”
It’s a Man’s World: Why Female Political Leaders Are Having a Hard Time
Politics,Society

It’s a Man’s World: Why Female Political Leaders Are Having a Hard Time

A cursory look around the world today will reveal that there are many examples of female political leaders; however, many of them have also suffered setbacks in their political journeys.
Hong Kong, 20 Years After the Reunion
Politics,East Asia

Hong Kong, 20 Years After the Reunion

July 1, 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty. The biggest bump in the journey led to the Umbrella Movement and inspired the emergence of fringe elements fighting for the unrealistic goal of Hong Kong independence.  
Qatar and the Crisis in the Middle East
Politics,Hotspots

Qatar and the Crisis in the Middle East

On June 5, 2017, Qatar suddenly suffered diplomatic isolation and economic blockade for its alleged support of terrorism. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen, Mauritius, Mauritania, the Maldives, and the eastern government of Libya, have cut ties with Qatar.
The Shangri-La Dialogue: Fundamental South China Sea Questions Left Unanswered
Politics,Security

The Shangri-La Dialogue: Fundamental South China Sea Questions Left Unanswered

Defense ministers, officials and analysts flocked to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to hear the US and its allies bash China, who wisely sent a relatively low-level delegation. Lost in the bluster and bravado were fundamental questions regarding the strategic future of Asia.
Trump’s Taiwan Policy: What Now?
Politics,East Asia

Trump’s Taiwan Policy: What Now?

After nearly six months of seeing giant shifts in one direction and then the other in Donald Trump’s Taiwan policy, many observers are wondering what is to come next. There are plenty of good reasons to believe that Trump wants to keep the status quo.
Moon Jae-in’s Election: Hope for the Korean Peninsula?
Politics,East Asia

Moon Jae-in’s Election: Hope for the Korean Peninsula?

With nuclear tension escalating in the Korean Peninsula, it is anticipated that South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in will foster warmer ties with North Korea. There is possibility of peace and stability if Moon is able to translate his intentions into reality.
By Bawa Singh - 31 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Great Power Rivalry in Afghanistan: Challenges for India
Politics,South Asia

Great Power Rivalry in Afghanistan: Challenges for India

During the recent visit of US National Security Advisor Herbert McMaster to South Asia, he had stated that “the best way to pursue Pakistan’s interests in Afghanistan and elsewhere is through the use of diplomacy, and not through the use of proxies that engage in violence.”
The Postwar Rise of Vietnam: Economic and Political Feats
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

The Postwar Rise of Vietnam: Economic and Political Feats

In 1986, Vietnam instituted economic reforms known as Doi Moi. In 1995, former US President Bill Clinton normalized relations with Vietnam. With US support, Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization.
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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