Will Trump’s New Afghan Policy Deliver?
Security,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 25 Aug 2017

Will Trump’s New Afghan Policy Deliver?

US President Donald Trump unveiled his Afghan policy on August 21, 2017, announcing to ramp up the war effort in Afghanistan. The policy seems to be a compromise between Trump (who wanted complete withdrawal) and his generals (who wanted to ramp up the war effort).
Questioning the Objectivity of a Venerable Washington Think Tank
Security,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 24 Aug 2017

Questioning the Objectivity of a Venerable Washington Think Tank

The Japanese White Paper on North Korea
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 18 Aug 2017

The Japanese White Paper on North Korea

Weaponized Cars and the Deadly Contagion of Everyday Terrorism
Security

Weaponized Cars and the Deadly Contagion of Everyday Terrorism

A deliberate car crash aimed directly at protestors on August 12, 2017 at Charlottesville, Virginia has highlighted the contagious spread of the use of everyday vehicles like cars and trucks as weapons of terror.  
The Kasai Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Society,Security

The Kasai Crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Kamuina Nsapu rebellion in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has rapidly emerged as one of the world’s major humanitarian crises. By late July 2017, the conflict had displaced 1.4 million people and led to over 3,000 deaths.  
The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate
Security,Hotspots,China

The China-US Maritime “Spying” Debate

A Chinese incursion in Australia’s EEZ has sparked a debate. Many say China is hypocritical because it is undertaking ISR missions in other countries’ EEZs while opposing those of the US in its own EEZ. But there are differences between what China and the US are doing.  
The ASEAN Security Summits and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The ASEAN Security Summits and the South China Sea

From August 2-8, 2017, ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners, including rivals China and the United States, will have a series of key security meetings in the Philippines. Casting a shadow upon these meetings will be recent developments regarding the South China Sea.
The Marawi Crisis and its Implications for the Philippines and Beyond
Security,Southeast Asia

The Marawi Crisis and its Implications for the Philippines and Beyond

The Philippine city of Marawi was overrun by IS-linked insurgents in May 2017. The persistence of the insurgency has dragged out the battle with government forces. As of July 25, at least 453 militants, 109 government troops, and 45 civilians had been killed in the fighting.
China, India and the Panchsheel Agreement
Security,China,South Asia

China, India and the Panchsheel Agreement

Despite the agreement being in place for peaceful coexistence and respect for each other’s sovereignty, if their armies are standing eyeball-to-eyeball for whatever reasons, then China and India need to revisit the Panchsheel Agreement.
Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea

Joseph Bosco’s critique of China’s actions in the South China Sea, the Obama administration’s response and other issues raises the fundamental questions of the purpose and necessity of Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea.  
Insecurity and Vigilante Violence in Nigeria
Society,Security

Insecurity and Vigilante Violence in Nigeria

The crime wave of the Badoo Gang in Lagos has in turn triggered a wave of reprisal killings by vigilante groups. The first crime attributed to the gang occurred last year with the rape and murder of a schoolteacher, whose “skull was smashed with a stone.”
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity

US FONOPs in the South China Sea are controversial. Their targeting of China’s “excessive” claims there, their resumption under President Donald Trump, and China’s increasingly strident objections raise questions regarding their intent, effectiveness and necessity.
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