The Global Ransomware Outbreak and the Challenge for Cybersovereignty
Security,Cyberspace
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 17 May 2017

The Global Ransomware Outbreak and the Challenge for Cybersovereignty

Among the victims were Renault and Federal Express, UK hospitals, Chinese universities, Russia’s Ministry of Interior, and Spanish telecommunications and energy companies. The efforts of countries like China to impose law and order on the internet are likely to see an urgent boost.
The Threat of a Nuclear War Today
Security,East Asia

By Wen Xin Lim - 04 May 2017

The Threat of a Nuclear War Today

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 01 May 2017

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea

The Murder of Mashal Khan and its Implications for the CPEC
Economy,Security,South Asia

The Murder of Mashal Khan and its Implications for the CPEC

The recent lynching of a university student in Pakistan who had been falsely accused of blasphemy highlights the fact that terrorist and separatist violence are not the sole security threats facing the successful completion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Do US Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law?
Security,Cyberspace,Hotspots

Do US Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law?

The US flies hundreds of ISR missions every year to collect communications between the target country’s command-and-control centers and radar and weapons systems. The initial deployment of the Carl Vinson strike force was to the South China Sea. Are these probes and the deployment a violation of the UN Charter?  
The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula

Japan and South Korea are working with the US to ensure all preparatory defensive measures are up to par and have sharpened their coordination in all defensive matters. Both countries have also pledged support for peace and diplomatic solutions to the Korean Peninsula crisis.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan
Security,South Asia

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Terrorist networks can recover from territorial setbacks, infrastructural damage, and manpower losses, but ideological de-legitimization neutralizes their popular appeal. The Pakistani government must challenge the militants in the realm of ideas as well.
By Abdul Basit - 18 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
After the Xi-Trump Summit, Focus is on Trade and North Korea
Economy,Security

After the Xi-Trump Summit, Focus is on Trade and North Korea

In order for US-China relations to move towards more cooperation, reducing US trade deficit and increasing Chinese investments in the US to create more jobs, and the multilateral dismantlement of the North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, are the likely positive starting points.  
By Wei Luo - 14 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?

US President Donald Trump has been advocating striking North Korea’s nuclear facilities since taking office in January. However, he will be restrained from delivering such an order for both empirical and strategic reasons. And China knows too well that it won’t happen.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 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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