Do US Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law?
Security,Cyberspace,Hotspots
By Mark J. Valencia - 24 Apr 2017

Do US Actions in the South China Sea Violate International Law?

The US flies hundreds of ISR missions every year to collect communications between the target country’s command-and-control centers and radar and weapons systems. The initial deployment of the Carl Vinson strike force was to the South China Sea. Are these probes and the deployment a violation of the UN Charter?  
The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Apr 2017

The Possibilities for Conflict Resolution on the Korean Peninsula

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan
Security,South Asia

By Abdul Basit - 18 Apr 2017

Countering Violent Extremism in Pakistan

After the Xi-Trump Summit, Focus is on Trade and North Korea
Economy,Security

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.  
By Wei Luo - 14 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Will Trump Order a Strike on North Korea?

US President Donald Trump has been advocating striking North Korea’s nuclear facilities since taking office in January. However, he will be restrained from delivering such an order for both empirical and strategic reasons. And China knows too well that it won’t happen.  
By Jaewoo Choo - 13 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities
Politics,Security,East Asia

Russia’s Afghan Initiative: Perils and Possibilities

Taking advantage of the geopolitical opening created by fleeting US foreign policy and the drawdown of Western forces from Afghanistan in 2014, Moscow is trying to outflank Washington in Afghanistan.
By Abdul Basit - 12 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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.
By Peter Murphy - 08 Apr 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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...
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