After the Xi-Trump Summit, Focus is on Trade and North Korea
Economy,Security
By Wei Luo - 14 Apr 2017

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.  
Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Apr 2017

Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?

Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities
Politics,Security,East Asia

By Abdul Basit - 12 Apr 2017

Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities

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.  
Time to Downplay North Korea’s Nuclear Program
Security,East Asia

Time to Downplay North Korea’s Nuclear Program

Peter Murphy is a US Army civil affairs officer and a master’s candidate in Global Affairs and Policy at Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul. He received his Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Michigan and a Master of International Relations degree from Bond University in Australia.
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The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit
Politics,Security

The North Korean Agenda in the Xi-Trump Summit

North Korea is high on the agenda of the Xi-Trump meeting. The US is urging China to exercise its traditional friendship and influence on North Korea to persuade the regime to tone down its missile development and reverse its intention to own weapons of mass destruction.
By Tai Wei Lim - 07 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Revelations of China’s Construction in the South China Sea: Hype Not Helpful
Security,Hotspots

Revelations of China’s Construction in the South China Sea: Hype Not Helpful

Some US and foreign media have used the information to convince the Trump administration that China presents an imminent threat to US interests in the South China Sea. But the burgeoning drumbeat for the US to confront China should be considered with a healthy dose of skepticism.  
Cambodia’s Defense Policy: Challenges and the Way Ahead
Security,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Defense Policy: Challenges and the Way Ahead

The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces has been rehabilitating physical infrastructure, building and repairing roads for communication and irrigation systems, demining, rescuing people during natural disasters and participating in international peacekeeping missions.
By Veasna Var - 03 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Cambodia’s Defense Policy: The Defense Reform Program
Security,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Defense Policy: The Defense Reform Program

The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is at a major crossroads with respect to reforming its forces. The Cambodian government is strongly committed to rebuilding the armed forces to an appropriate size and quality to be able to defend the country in wartime and peacetime.
Negotiated Compromise with North Korea is Better than Status Quo
Security,East Asia

Negotiated Compromise with North Korea is Better than Status Quo

If negotiations resulted in a “freeze” in North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and a lowering of the risk of war, South Korea and Japan would probably be better off than living under constant threat. To obtain this concession from North Korea, the US would have to make genuine compromises.  
South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies
Security,East Asia

South Korea’s Human Rights and Counter-Terrorist Fantasies

On March 3, 2016, South Korea passed the Act on Anti-Terrorism for the Protection of Citizens and Public Security. The Act had been stalled for 14 years, as it envisaged the expansion of the National Intelligence Service’s powers to survey and arrest terrorist suspects and also dissenters of governmental policy more broadly.
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