The Shangri-La Dialogue: Fundamental South China Sea Questions Left Unanswered
Politics,Security
By Mark J. Valencia - 08 Jun 2017

The Shangri-La Dialogue: Fundamental South China Sea Questions Left Unanswered

Defense ministers, officials and analysts flocked to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to hear the US and its allies bash China, who wisely sent a relatively low-level delegation. Lost in the bluster and bravado were fundamental questions regarding the strategic future of Asia.
Who Will Fire the First Shot in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 02 Jun 2017

Who Will Fire the First Shot in the South China Sea?

The Siege of Marawi and the Declaration of Martial Law over Mindanao
Security,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 30 May 2017

The Siege of Marawi and the Declaration of Martial Law over Mindanao

The Global Ransomware Outbreak and the Challenge for Cybersovereignty
Security,Cyberspace

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

The Threat of a Nuclear War Today

With 14,900 nuclear weapons in the world, Global Zero reports that “even a minor nuclear conflict — one that uses only a fraction of the nuclear weapons currently in existence — could wreak havoc on the global climate and affect billions of people.”  
Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in North Korea

Taking into consideration brief moments of hopeful peace in the past in the Korean Peninsula, there is a chance for peace in the current crisis and a return to the earlier state of functionalist constructivist cooperation if all stakeholders show the political will to do so.
By Tai Wei Lim - 01 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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...
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