Taiwan Travel Act: New Dynamics in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle
Politics,East Asia
By Xiaolin Duan - 20 Mar 2018

Taiwan Travel Act: New Dynamics in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle

On March 16, 2018, US President Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act, which will encourage and allow for official exchanges between Taipei and Washington at all levels. Beijing expressed its strong dissatisfaction with the Act but has not clarified its countermeasures so far.
US and Pakistan Mending Bilateral Ties
Politics,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 16 Mar 2018

US and Pakistan Mending Bilateral Ties

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Richard Cullen - 09 Mar 2018

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong

The Kabul Peace Process: Can it Deliver the Final Push?
Politics,South Asia

The Kabul Peace Process: Can it Deliver the Final Push?

In a bid to secure reconciliation, the Afghan government continued the Kabul Peace Process with both international and regional involvement. It extended an olive branch to the Taliban by agreeing to hold talks with it “without preconditions.”
South Africa and the Global Indigenous Struggle for Land
Politics,Society

South Africa and the Global Indigenous Struggle for Land

On February 27, 2018, South Africa’s National Assembly voted to begin a process to amend Section 25 of the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation, potentially redistributing the 72 percent of farmland currently owned by whites to black ownership.
India-Pakistan Ties: Domestic Politics and External Players
Politics,South Asia

India-Pakistan Ties: Domestic Politics and External Players

Bilateral ties between India and Pakistan have been on a consistent downward spiral since 2016. Some recent developments have been important, raising renewed hope that both countries are looking at a revival of engagement.
The Fall of Tsai’s Middle Way in Taiwan
Politics,East Asia

The Fall of Tsai’s Middle Way in Taiwan

Tsai Ing-wen’s leadership of the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan has drawn much criticism for its inability to accommodate election promises, over-inclusivity of interest groups, and preserving the status quo of cross-Strait relations.
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US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit
Politics,Economy,China

US-China Trade Spat Unlikely to Worsen Despite Deficit

Contrary to Trump’s comments at the World Economic Forum, a trade war remains unlikely despite the ongoing US-China trade deficit, as criticism of China is part of the campaign narrative and making China a scapegoat for things going wrong is old hat.
Transnational Crime and the Isolation of Taiwan
Politics,East Asia

Transnational Crime and the Isolation of Taiwan

The Spanish 2017 extradition of 121 Taiwanese suspects to mainland China met with Taipei’s protests. However, it suggests a deep acceptance of Taiwan’s international isolation based on Beijing’s “One China Principle”.
What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?
Politics,Economy,South Asia

What is “Development” in the South Asian Context?

Bhutan and Nepal, categorized as Least Developed Countries, rank second and third best among South Asian countries in the 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report. This points to differences in the way “development” is defined.
India-UAE Relations: From Transactional to Strategic
Politics,South Asia

India-UAE Relations: From Transactional to Strategic

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited the United Arab Emirates as part of his Middle East trip. Modi also attended the World Government Forum as Guest of Honour, an occasion for those deemed important by the Gulf sheikhdom.
Wakanda and the Mirror of History
Politics,Economy,Society

Wakanda and the Mirror of History

The Marvel Studios production Black Panther has opened internationally to great acclaim, largely in part to its presentation of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda as an Afrofuturist utopia, an “African country that was never colonized and is the most advanced nation in the world.”
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