Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 28 Jan 2019

Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?

Ahead of the second Trump-Kim summit, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un made a visit to Beijing between January 8-9, 2019. The North Koreans may be using this visit to pursue what Kim calls an “alternative path” in his New Year speech.
US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 22 Jan 2019

US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks

A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 19 Jan 2019

A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?

Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the pullout of 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan took both his allies and adversaries by surprise. It will change the calculus on the ground in Afghanistan with far-reaching consequences for regional peace and security.
By Abdul Basit - 16 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?

On my first trip to Afghanistan which I had, so far, researched from distance, both the urgency of negotiations and the deteriorating security situation were palpable. One’s stay in Kabul is enough for one to realize that peace and stability are still a far cry for this country.
Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia

The unparalleled mix of the EU’s wish to have a complementary relationship with China, the priority it gives to trade, as well as the divisions within the Union that interrupt its common foreign policy, explain why it contributes little to Southeast Asian security.
Is India Recalibrating its Afghan Policy?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Is India Recalibrating its Afghan Policy?

It would certainly seem so. After years, nay decades, of refusal to talk to the Taliban, India sent its representatives to Moscow on November 9, 2018 to finally sit at the same table as the representatives of the militant organization at the “Moscow format.”
The Islamic State of Khorasan Expands in Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

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.
By Abdul Basit - 03 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea

The US is incrementally increasing its frequency and type of FONOP in the South China Sea, so as to reassure its allies of its resolve and to put the onus on China to take the risk of conflict. Employing this tactic has negative implications for its standing in the region.
The Long Walk to Dawn: Peace Processes and Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Long Walk to Dawn: Peace Processes and Afghanistan

There are two major international peace efforts that are currently underway to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan: the recently galvanized American push for peace led by Zalmay Khalilzad and the year-old Moscow-led consultations.
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.
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