South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists
Society,Security,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 19 Jan 2017

South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists

In the last two years, since the advent of the Islamic State terrorist group, a new breed of educated jihadists from the urban middle and upper middle class has emerged in South Asia. This new breed has two nodes of presence: self-radicalised cells and lone-wolf individuals.
The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 10 Jan 2017

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing
Society,Security

By Abdul Basit - 06 Jan 2017

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye
Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye

On 16 December, the US Department of Defense announced that it had issued a formal protest to China demanding the return of an underwater drone. After several days of verbal tit-for tat, China returned the drone. The US Navy is determining whether the seizure was a “low-level” action by the sailors or a top down message by senior Chinese leaders.
The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity
Security,Hotspots,China

The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

The US asserted that the underwater drone seized by China enjoyed sovereign immunity. Its argument is legally flawed if one takes a closer look at the rules of sovereign immunity in the law of the sea and how the US navy applies the drone to its missions.
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The Rising Specter of a Security Dilemma in Asia
Politics,Security,East Asia

The Rising Specter of a Security Dilemma in Asia

Asia is ripe for rivalry after Donald J. Trump became US President-elect in November 2016, and the root of the ensuing conflict is the uncertainty of US commitment toward its Asian allies, which will lead to a security dilemma of two different directions.
The South China Sea Disputes: What’s Next?
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Disputes: What’s Next?

China should take advantage of the favorable situation in the South China Sea region to maintain stability. China should also keep improving the situation by strengthening its relations with the US, the other claimant countries, and the ASEAN countries.
By Shicun Wu - 01 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
US Military Presence in the Asia-Pacific
Security,Hotspots

US Military Presence in the Asia-Pacific

The US’ military deployments and activities in the Asia-Pacific region are important manifestations of its “rebalancing” strategy. Since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the US global military strategy has been to shift its focus and priority toward the Asia-Pacific region.
No Restraint: Judicial Activism in the South China Sea Ruling
Security,Hotspots

No Restraint: Judicial Activism in the South China Sea Ruling

Although the tribunal enjoyed ample latitude to carve out a constructive, mid-path interpretation of a critically important but ill-defined provision of maritime law, it chose to indulge in a tortuous train of legal thought that lacked basis in case law and produced a zero-sum outcome that overwhelmingly favored Manila.  
Trump and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Trump and the South China Sea

“Make America Great Again” was Trump’s campaign slogan. This probably translates to a Reaganesque “peace through strength” approach. Implementing such a policy in Southeast Asia is likely to be accompanied by blusters, threats and shows of force and gunboat diplomacy.
New Dynamics in ASEAN’s Stance on South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

New Dynamics in ASEAN’s Stance on South China Sea

The success of Duterte’s visits to Beijing and Tokyo has initiated new dynamics in ASEAN’s position on the South China Sea issue. The Philippines will assume the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN next year and its success in lowering tensions on the South China Sea issue will likely become the ASEAN stand.
Trump and Borders
Security

Trump and Borders

Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border wall was inspired by Israel’s 700 km separation barrier from the Palestinian West Bank. While the Palestinians see the barrier as an “apartheid wall,” the Israelis see it as an “anti-terrorist fence,” and Trump views it as a “successful … security fence.”
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