US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?
Politics,Hotspots

US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?

US mid-term election results reveal that the electorate is divided in its support of President Donald J. Trump and his policies. As the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019, do not expect House Democrats to seek immediate and drastic changes in US foreign policy.
Taiwan’s Mid-term Elections: Tsai’s Policy Failures and KMT’s Revival
Politics,East Asia

By Xiaolin Duan - 01 Dec 2018

Taiwan’s Mid-term Elections: Tsai’s Policy Failures and KMT’s Revival

Sub-national Ties Strong Despite China-US Trade Tensions
Politics,Economy,China

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 30 Nov 2018

Sub-national Ties Strong Despite China-US Trade Tensions

Imran Khan’s China Visit: A Much-needed Reality Check
Politics,China,South Asia

Imran Khan’s China Visit: A Much-needed Reality Check

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan went to China eyeing immediate financial assistance to negotiate a bailout package from the International Monitory Fund. The joint statement issued marking the end of Khan’s visit did not mention any assistance package.
By Abdul Basit - 29 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit
Politics,Hotspots

Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit

The Omani media reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had visited the sultanate of Oman in the last week of October 2018, and met with its Sultan Qaboos Said al Said, something that Netanyahu’s office also confirmed.
Explaining the Results of Taiwan’s Mid-Term Election
Politics,East Asia

Explaining the Results of Taiwan’s Mid-Term Election

On November 24, 2018, Taiwan held its mid-term election or its “Nine-in-One Election.” By almost every measure, the KMT won big, and the DPP lost big. President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as chair of the DPP, signifying the failures of her administration.
Will Pakistan Stop Appeasing the Religious Right?
Politics,South Asia

Will Pakistan Stop Appeasing the Religious Right?

Following the Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Asia Bibi in the blasphemy case, Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan’s rabble rousing clerics provoked open mutiny within the military and issued calls to kill the three Supreme Court judges.
By Abdul Basit - 22 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?
Politics,South Asia

What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?

Ranil Wickremesinghe was fired as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on October 26, 2018. Shortly before sacking Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and suspended the parliament.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The Modi-Abe Meeting and the Emerging Strategic Equation
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

The Modi-Abe Meeting and the Emerging Strategic Equation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan on October 28, 2018 as part of the 13th annual summit between the two countries had brought to the fore the dynamics of the Indo-Japan bilateral relationship amidst the shifting contours of global politics.
Better Late Than Never? The Final Verdicts of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Politics,Southeast Asia

Better Late Than Never? The Final Verdicts of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

On November 16, 2018, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal handed down its verdicts for Case 002/02. The surviving top leaders of the Khmer Rouge, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, were found guilty of “various crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions.”
Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China
Politics,Security,China

Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China

The Trump administration’s concept of the “Indo-Pacific” should be placed in the context of the main strategic aims of his administration: to preserve the world primacy of the US and to prevent a strong China from displacing the US in Asia.
Trump’s Asia Policy is Mostly About China
Politics,China

Trump’s Asia Policy is Mostly About China

With the exception of its attempt to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, the US’ Asia policy is mostly about China, or more accurately, what other countries can do to help it win its struggle with China for dominance in the region.
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