Taiwan’s Defense Budget: Promises Made, Promises Not Kept
Politics,East Asia
By John F. Copper - 26 Jul 2018

Taiwan’s Defense Budget: Promises Made, Promises Not Kept

Since early 2016 when Tsai Ing-wen became president and her party, the Democratic Progressive Party, took control of the legislature, Taiwan’s defense spending has been below par. It has also been lower than Tsai promised.
The New Space Race
Politics,Society

By Tai Wei Lim - 20 Jul 2018

The New Space Race

The Long Road to Peace in Afghanistan
Politics,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 19 Jul 2018

The Long Road to Peace in Afghanistan

The New Status Quo in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute?
Politics,China,East Asia

The New Status Quo in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands Dispute?

In May 2018, China and Japan agreed to start operating a maritime and air liaison mechanism, aiming to avert accidental clashes and avoid military misunderstanding and misjudgment in the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.
By Xiaolin Duan - 18 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Chinese and Japanese Investment in ASEAN: From Competition to Cooperation?
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Chinese and Japanese Investment in ASEAN: From Competition to Cooperation?

ASEAN’s plans to strengthen connectivity has prompted and heightened competition between the two Asian giants of China and Japan, particularly in the areas of infrastructure financing and high-speed rail construction.
By Hong Zhao - 16 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US-China Trade War: Much-needed Recalibration or No-win Situation?
Politics,Economy,China

US-China Trade War: Much-needed Recalibration or No-win Situation?

The US is preparing for a new round of tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese products, following an earlier 25 percent tax on USD 34 billion in Chinese imports. The second wave of tariffs includes finished products sought after by the average US consumer.
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Haley’s Visit and Possible US Sanctions on Indian Imports of Iranian Oil
Politics,Economy,South Asia

Haley’s Visit and Possible US Sanctions on Indian Imports of Iranian Oil

The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley Randhawa, recently visited India. During her visit, Haley met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed a gamut of issues pertaining to the India-US bilateral relationship.
Understanding Donald Trump May Help to Avoid US-China Trade War
Politics,Economy,China

Understanding Donald Trump May Help to Avoid US-China Trade War

President Donald Trump announced the US would be applying tariffs amounting to USD 34 billion on certain Chinese goods imported by the US, commencing from midnight of July 6, 2018. The liberal Western media responded as if the sky was going to fall.
Albinos at Risk in Africa
Politics,Society

Albinos at Risk in Africa

The recent announcement that six albinos in Malawi plan to fight the violent prejudice against albinism by contesting in next year’s elections has brought renewed attention to the plight of albinos in Malawi and other African countries.
The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia

The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy

In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
Nepal Asking UNDPA to Leave: A Case of Assertive Diplomacy?
Politics,South Asia

Nepal Asking UNDPA to Leave: A Case of Assertive Diplomacy?

Nepal has asked the United Nations to draw down its Department of Political Affairs in Nepal. The request was conveyed on the grounds that the “peace process” which began in 2006 has been achieved.
By Rishi Gupta - 02 Jul 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Fate of TTP after the Killing of Mullah Fazlullah
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Fate of TTP after the Killing of Mullah Fazlullah

The killing of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah in a US drone strike in Afghanistan is a major blow to the terror group. Fazlullah’s killing will further undermine TTP’s organizational coherence, possibly paving way for more defections.
By Abdul Basit - 29 Jun 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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