Between the Barbs: Afghanistan in the US-Iran Tussle
Politics,South Asia
By Chayanika Saxena - 23 May 2018

Between the Barbs: Afghanistan in the US-Iran Tussle

Caught in a quarrel that has nothing to do with it per se, Afghanistan has been a theatre where Iran and the US have exhibited their mutual suspicions towards each other.
Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 17 May 2018

Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor

Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Tuan Yuen Kong and Jianyue Xue - 15 May 2018

Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?

The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?
Politics,Southeast Asia

The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?

Malaysia’s 92-year old Dr Mahathir Mohamad is voted back into power. He is likely to reach out to other opposition figures as well as anti-Najib factions within the former ruling party, as he pursues justice for the scandals plaguing Malaysian politics.
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Mahathir: The Strongman Returns
Politics,Southeast Asia

Mahathir: The Strongman Returns

On the morning of May 10, 2018, Malaysians woke up to the return of their long-time political strongman Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir had a decisive victory and it seemed voters in rural as well as urban areas were in favor of bringing him back.
By Tai Wei Lim - 10 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

ASEAN needs to make substantive adjustments to meet new challenges and adapt to new situations. They need to discuss and communicate with Beijing and come up with a role for ASEAN that plays to its strengths in the process.
By Hong Zhao - 09 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

ASEAN Summit Discusses Smart Cities Network and Trade Tensions

The 32nd ASEAN Summit was held in Singapore from April 25-28, 2018. Top of the agenda was ASEAN’s call to form a grid of smart cities by connecting Southeast Asia’s top tiered cities. ASEAN was also concerned about the trade tensions between the US and China.
By Tai Wei Lim - 03 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The New US Perception of China
Politics,China

The New US Perception of China

The American perception of China has gone through an intriguing transition over the last century. Once, compassion was dominant. Today, increasing hostility is prominent with rumbles of a serious trade war in the air.
East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism
Politics,Economy,East Asia

East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism

Major players in global trade will consider possible countermeasures and strategies to moderate the medium- and long-terms impacts of Donald Trump’s trade protectionism. Amid the trade war, China, Japan, and South Korea are reviving the delayed agenda of East Asia integration.
By Xiaolin Duan - 24 Apr 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China’s New Arctic Policy Needs Close Analysis
Politics,Economy,China

China’s New Arctic Policy Needs Close Analysis

Now that the dust has settled on China’s big policy announcement, it is time to take a fresh look at China’s Arctic Policy and assess what it means for the US and the other five states that have a coastline on the Arctic Sea: Canada, Greenland (Denmark), Russia, Norway, and Iceland.
The Tug of War between Taiwan and the PRC
Politics,East Asia

The Tug of War between Taiwan and the PRC

After the Taiwan Travel Act is signed, Taiwan’s independence activists and supporters are elated. After decades of struggle, the tug of war has now become a contest between Taiwan and the PRC.
Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China
Politics,China

Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China

China scrapped its presidential two-term limit, allowing President Xi Jinping to seek a third term in 2022. The change was criticized by numerous Western pundits as “dangerous,” “regressive,” and “potentially disastrous.” Are such criticisms warranted?
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