The Islamic State of Khorasan Expands in Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 03 Jan 2019

The Islamic State of Khorasan Expands in Afghanistan

Following the Islamic State’s battlefield and territorial losses in the Middle East, its franchise in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the Islamic State of Khorasan, has emerged as the group’s most brutal iteration.
Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Dec 2018

Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea

The Long Walk to Dawn: Peace Processes and Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Chayanika Saxena - 14 Dec 2018

The Long Walk to Dawn: Peace Processes and Afghanistan

The Quad and a “Rules-based Order” in the Indo-Pacific Region
Security,East Asia,South Asia

The Quad and a “Rules-based Order” in the Indo-Pacific Region

Making the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) more than a buzzword, on 15 November 2018, leaders of Australia, India, Japan and the United States met on the sidelines of the 13th East Asian Summit in Singapore.
By Amrita Jash - 13 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines

Washington DC based analysts sharply criticized the policy and actions of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration regarding China’s actions in the South China Sea, reflecting the US government concern that under Duterte it is “losing” the Philippines.
South China Sea: What’s Behind the Conflict between China and the US?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: What’s Behind the Conflict between China and the US?

China-US disputes over FONOPs in the South China Sea do not involve conflicts of core interests. Neither China nor the US should raise them to a full military confrontation.
By Xiaobo Liu - 05 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Will the Sino-Myanmar Railway be Revived?
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia

Will the Sino-Myanmar Railway be Revived?

In October 2018, the MoU on the feasibility study of the Muse-Mandalay railway, a part of the USD 20 billion Sino-Myanmar railway, was signed. This led to the speculation that the canceled Sino-Myanmar railway might be resumed.
By Nian Peng - 04 Dec 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
South China Sea: Drone Development and Use Outpacing International Law
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: Drone Development and Use Outpacing International Law

The US and China are increasingly confronting each other militarily in the South China Sea. The US is deploying new undersea drones in multiple sizes and diverse payloads. China’s use of drones in the East China Sea has already raised political hackles.
Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China
Politics,Security,China

Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China

The Trump administration’s concept of the “Indo-Pacific” should be placed in the context of the main strategic aims of his administration: to preserve the world primacy of the US and to prevent a strong China from displacing the US in Asia.
Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”
Security,China

Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “Lagging behind on the military front is lethal to the security of the country. I have read a lot on China’s modern history, and it gives me great pain whenever I come across a time when we dropped back (in military building) and fell victim to invasions”.
By Amrita Jash - 15 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The “Blueprints for Management of the South China Sea”: A Critique
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The “Blueprints for Management of the South China Sea”: A Critique

A robust, binding code of conduct for the South China Sea has become a “holy grail” for analysts and decision makers alike. Many have tried to find it and failed. The Blueprint for a South China Sea Code of Conduct is likely to fail to gain wide acceptance too.
Where Should We Go Next? Opportunities and Challenges in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Where Should We Go Next? Opportunities and Challenges in the South China Sea

With more than two years of relative peace and stability in the South China Sea since the conclusion of the South China Sea arbitration, there are now sporadic and occasional tensions in that region.
By Shicun Wu - 31 Oct 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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