Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election
Politics,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2017

Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election

Boosted by an upturn in his popularity ratings, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe may be aiming for an election in October 2017. Another factor is that the political opposition is in some form of reorganization following the resignation of the Democratic Party leader.
Trump’s South Asia Policy May Lead to India’s Regional Isolation
Politics,South Asia

By Bawa Singh - 14 Sep 2017

Trump’s South Asia Policy May Lead to India’s Regional Isolation

Duterte’s ASEAN Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Aaron Jed Rabena - 13 Sep 2017

Duterte’s ASEAN Policy

Nawaz Sharif’s Exit and the Pakistan-China-India Triangle: Why Islamabad Needs a Serious Re-Think
Politics,China,South Asia

Nawaz Sharif’s Exit and the Pakistan-China-India Triangle: Why Islamabad Needs a Serious Re-Think

All eyes in the next few months will be on how former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will play his cards vis-à-vis the Pakistan army. If one were to look beyond the domestic ramifications, the first point which needs to be closely examined is how China has reacted to the instability.
Trump’s Upbringing, Thoughts and Policies that Affect Sino-American Relations
Politics,China

Trump’s Upbringing, Thoughts and Policies that Affect Sino-American Relations

US President Donald Trump wrote: “China is our enemy.” He said China was an enemy because of weak and incompetent US officials that were taken to the cleaners by smart and seasoned Chinese negotiators, and he would fix that and turn China into a friend.
Will Trump’s New Afghan Policy Deliver?
Security,South Asia

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).
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Will Trump Ignite a War with China?
Politics,China

Will Trump Ignite a War with China?

One of the arguments for a coming war is the Thucydides Trap theory. It goes that the situation of a status quo power (Sparta in ancient Greece) and a fast rising power that challenges the former (Athens) creates a condition wherein neither can tolerate the other.
Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?
Politics,South Asia

Will Panamagate Politically Paralyze Pakistan?

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been entangled in the Panamagate scandal revealed on April 3, 2016. The eight offshore companies listed in the Panama Papers are linked to his family members, including a daughter, two sons, and the in-laws of his brother.  
By Bawa Singh - 28 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea
Politics,China

Trump’s Emerging Policy Towards China and the South China Sea

The outlines of the Trump administration’s policy toward China and the South China Sea are emerging from a fog of confusing and contradictory statements and actions. It is beginning to look more or less like a continuation of that of the Obama administration, with some new twists.
New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers
Politics,East Asia

New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers

Former PM Lee Hae-chan have been given presidential orders by Moon Jae-in to conduct diplomacy with China, and media industry tycoon Hong Seok-hyun has been dispatched to the US to have a dialogue with US officials about the Korean Peninsula crisis.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
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