It’s a Man’s World: Why Female Political Leaders Are Having a Hard Time
Politics,Society
By Yongnian Zheng - 16 Jun 2017

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

By Michael S. H. Heng - 15 Jun 2017

Hong Kong, 20 Years After the Reunion

Qatar and the Crisis in the Middle East
Politics,Hotspots

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 12 Jun 2017

Qatar and the Crisis in the Middle East

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...
Has Trump’s Worldview Become More Discernible?
Politics,Hotspots

Has Trump’s Worldview Become More Discernible?

Judging from Trump’s focus on making deals and building up US military forces to facilitate negotiations, he espouses a realist view of the world. He is not an idealist. He puts little stock in promoting lofty principles.
Trump And The South China Sea: Doing The Right Thing For The Wrong Reasons
Politics,Hotspots

Trump And The South China Sea: Doing The Right Thing For The Wrong Reasons

It appears that Trump has paused criticism and actions against China in exchange for its assistance in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program. This transactional approach means that his foreign policy is negotiable and not based on principles.  
South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications
Politics,East Asia

South Korea’s Presidential Election and its Implications

On May 9, 2017, South Koreans overwhelmingly selected Moon Jae-in as their next leader. What are the implications for the Korean Peninsula crisis and the region? Of greater concern to voters were their perceptions of the need to regulate the private sector conglomerates.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 18 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Pakistan Factor in India-Turkey Relations
Politics,South Asia

The Pakistan Factor in India-Turkey Relations

Although India and Turkey have enjoyed civilizational and geo-cultural relations since recorded history, the relations between both countries have been paralyzed due to the Pakistan factor in the post-colonial era.
By Bawa Singh - 15 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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