Elements of a South China Sea Deal: Saving Face and Making Money
Security,Hotspots,China
By Mark E. Rosen - 21 Oct 2016

Elements of a South China Sea Deal: Saving Face and Making Money

Some US academics suggest that a US-China grand bargain to establish a balance of power is a precondition for peace in the South China Sea region. Or, will a legal deal establishing a joint development regime and disengagement from illegal maritime assertions solve most of the current problems?
The 8th BRICS Summit at Goa, India
Economy,Security

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 20 Oct 2016

The 8th BRICS Summit at Goa, India

Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction
Security,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 19 Oct 2016

Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction

The South China Sea: After the Big Bang
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea: After the Big Bang

It has now been nearly three months since the arbitral panel ruling against China’s claims to maritime space in the South China Sea. The decision has set in motion political and military adjustments. But none of them contribute to the resolution of the conflicting claims or to the contest between the US and China.
Submarine Acquisitions in East Asia: A Reflection of Geopolitics
Security,East Asia

Submarine Acquisitions in East Asia: A Reflection of Geopolitics

Submarine acquisitions in East Asia reflect ongoing geopolitical movements and trends. The ultimate fear is that submarines may become the capital ships in sea-lane denial missions. Submarine acquisitions are as much for bilateral diplomacy as they are military hardware acquisitions.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Dialogue and Water Cooperation in the Brahmaputra River Basin
Economy,Security,South Asia

Dialogue and Water Cooperation in the Brahmaputra River Basin

The key challenge in the Brahmaputra River Basin is the rising suspicion and distrust, and the lack of open communications between the countries. Negotiations that have happened so far are essentially bilateral and confidential with no public participation.
North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Nuclear Calculus

North Korea knows that the world is unfair, as all the five permanent members on the United Nations Security Council have nuclear weapons, while the rest of the world cannot. Or wait a minute, a few others can also have nuclear weapons. So why can’t North Korea have nukes?
By Dingli Shen - 14 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Terrorism and Geopolitics in South Asia
Politics,Security,South Asia

Terrorism and Geopolitics in South Asia

2016 has proven to be a busy year thus far for diplomats of the major world powers as they flew into South Asia’s capitals to cut deals and cooperate in combating terrorism as well as extending areas of cooperation with geopolitical implications.
By Tai Wei Lim - 08 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand
Security,Southeast Asia

Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand

The Mother’s Day bombings were followed with a double bombing in the southern provincial capital city of Pattani. The Thai military government soon turned its attention to the Malay Muslim insurgents of southern Thailand, in particular the military wing of the Patani Malay National Revolutionary Front.
The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation
Security,China,Southeast Asia

The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation

The river security of the Mekong has emerged as another area of growing contestation and despite its lower international profile and arguably lower global impact, this sub-region will have a determining factor on China’s relations with Southeast Asia.  
By Huong Le Thu - 25 Aug 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Asia’s Future: Become Another Middle East or Avoid South China Sea War
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Asia’s Future: Become Another Middle East or Avoid South China Sea War

Since the announcement of the ruling, all concerned parties are still mulling their next moves. The actions they take will decide which direction Asia heads to: spiral into a Middle Eastern type of crisis, or avoid war and head towards peace and stability.
The Quetta Massacre and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor
Security,China,South Asia

The Quetta Massacre and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

On August 8, 2016, over 70 people were killed and more than 120 injured in a suicide bombing in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province. As Balochistan is the location of Gwadar Port, the southern terminus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, the massacre highlights the security risks facing CPEC.
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