Implications of Trump’s Flip-Flop on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots
By Mark J. Valencia - 12 May 2017

Implications of Trump’s Flip-Flop on the South China Sea

US President Donald Trump’s flip-flopping policy regarding China’s claims and actions in the South China Sea have fundamental implications for the security paradigm in the region and perhaps beyond.
The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

By Michael S. H. Heng - 09 May 2017

The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia
Politics,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 08 May 2017

Trump’s First 100 Days: US Diplomacy in East Asia

Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?
Politics,East Asia

Will Taiwanese Sacrifice Themselves for Their Country?

Cao Changqing is a commentator in Taiwan who often sides with the Democratic Progressive Party in criticizing China. Would he be willing to be the first martyr to die for the sake of creating the Republic of Taiwan? It is very, very doubtful.
The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy
Politics,South Asia

The Trump Administration’s South Asia Policy

With the completion of the power transition in Washington DC, the Trump administration is adopting a more assertive and muscular regional policy to fill the diplomatic void and power vacuum created in South Asia during the 2016 US presidential election.  
By Abdul Basit - 04 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
 India and Russia Resetting Ties after 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations
Politics,East Asia

India and Russia Resetting Ties after 70 Years of Diplomatic Relations

Bilateral relations between India and Russia had begun drifting with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. More recent developments have caused much skepticism in Indian strategic circles. Both countries seem to be resetting ties, keeping in mind larger strategic interests.
Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?
Politics,China

Does a “Rising China” Pose a Threat to the US and the Region?

The greatest concern stems from China’s potential hegemonic status in the world and “the ideological incompatibility of China with the Western value system.” However, the only aspect which can be considered a threat is when there are challenges to China’s core national interests.
ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

ASEAN at 50: Challenges and Opportunities for Cambodia

ASEAN celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and Cambodia celebrates its 18th birthday in ASEAN. What are the challenges Cambodia has to confront and what opportunities will this regional group bring to the country?
Functionalism and Global Cooperation
Politics,Society

Functionalism and Global Cooperation

Functionalism in international relations is based on the idea of cooperation between different groups of people based on enhancing their mutual interests, detecting common needs, and sharing public goods.  
By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities
Politics,Security,East Asia

Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities

Taking advantage of the geopolitical opening created by fleeting US foreign policy and the drawdown of Western forces from Afghanistan in 2014, Moscow is trying to outflank Washington in Afghanistan.
By Abdul Basit - 12 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Xi-Trump Summit: Failure or Success?
Politics,Security

The Xi-Trump Summit: Failure or Success?

President Xi’s objectives were to have a good first get-together with President Trump and dampen speculation that they would not get along or that there were explosive issues that divided them and the two countries.
The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”
Politics,Security

The Xi-Trump Summit and the Two Senses of “America First”

Trump’s “America First” rhetoric described his prioritizing of US interests above those of other countries. The new sense of “America First” that was underscored by Trump’s missile strikes returns to the older understanding of the US as first among equals amid the nations of the world.  
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