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

By Sourabh Gupta - 18 Nov 2016

No Restraint: Judicial Activism in the South China Sea Ruling

Trump and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

By Mark J. Valencia - 15 Nov 2016

Trump and the South China Sea

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.”
Why the US-China Contest for the South China Sea Is So Dangerous
Security,Hotspots,China

Why the US-China Contest for the South China Sea Is So Dangerous

A debate between Kurt Campbell, the architect of the US pivot to Asia, and Australian strategic thinker Hugh White makes clear that the South China Sea has become the cockpit of US-China competition for domination of Asia. The outcome may determine whose principles, values and “order” will shape the future of Asia.
China’s Cyber War Against the US: How True?
Security,Cyberspace,China

China’s Cyber War Against the US: How True?

In recent years, “engaging in cyber warfare” has become part of the parlance used by those who discuss US-China relations. Its use has become even more frequent in the last two or three years. How true are these charges? What is the evidence?
Elements of a South China Sea Deal: Saving Face and Making Money
Security,Hotspots,China

Elements of a South China Sea Deal: Saving Face and Making Money

Some US academics suggest that a US-China grand bargain to establish a balance of power is a precondition for peace in the South China Sea region. Or, will a legal deal establishing a joint development regime and disengagement from illegal maritime assertions solve most of the current problems?
The 8th BRICS Summit at Goa, India
Economy,Security

The 8th BRICS Summit at Goa, India

The Goa Declaration that was issued at the conclusion of the 8th BRICS summit “strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” — including the “recent attacks against some BRICS countries” — and also pledged that the BRICS nations would work with the G20 to promote “robust and sustainable trade and investment to propel global growth.”  
Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction
Security,South Asia

Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction

On September 29, 2016, it was announced that India had carried out “surgical strikes” across the Line of Control and destroyed so-called “terror launch pads” where terrorists had allegedly assembled to infiltrate Indian-administered Kashmir. Pakistan responded by rejecting them as an over-exaggeration and fabrication of the truth.
By Abdul Basit - 19 Oct 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea: After the Big Bang
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea: After the Big Bang

It has now been nearly three months since the arbitral panel ruling against China’s claims to maritime space in the South China Sea. The decision has set in motion political and military adjustments. But none of them contribute to the resolution of the conflicting claims or to the contest between the US and China.
Submarine Acquisitions in East Asia: A Reflection of Geopolitics
Security,East Asia

Submarine Acquisitions in East Asia: A Reflection of Geopolitics

Submarine acquisitions in East Asia reflect ongoing geopolitical movements and trends. The ultimate fear is that submarines may become the capital ships in sea-lane denial missions. Submarine acquisitions are as much for bilateral diplomacy as they are military hardware acquisitions.
By Tai Wei Lim - 23 Sep 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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