The Quad and a “Rules-based Order” in the Indo-Pacific Region
Security,East Asia,South Asia
By Amrita Jash - 13 Dec 2018

The Quad and a “Rules-based Order” in the Indo-Pacific Region

Making the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) more than a buzzword, on 15 November 2018, leaders of Australia, India, Japan and the United States met on the sidelines of the 13th East Asian Summit in Singapore.
Understanding the Sino-US Trade War
Politics,Economy,China

By Yu Fu - 12 Dec 2018

Understanding the Sino-US Trade War

The Challenge of the Gilets Jaunes to the French Government
Politics,Economy,Society

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 11 Dec 2018

The Challenge of the Gilets Jaunes to the French Government

US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?
Politics,Hotspots

US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?

US mid-term election results reveal that the electorate is divided in its support of President Donald J. Trump and his policies. As the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019, do not expect House Democrats to seek immediate and drastic changes in US foreign policy.
Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit
Politics,Hotspots

Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit

The Omani media reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had visited the sultanate of Oman in the last week of October 2018, and met with its Sultan Qaboos Said al Said, something that Netanyahu’s office also confirmed.
Explaining the Results of Taiwan’s Mid-Term Election
Politics,East Asia

Explaining the Results of Taiwan’s Mid-Term Election

On November 24, 2018, Taiwan held its mid-term election or its “Nine-in-One Election.” By almost every measure, the KMT won big, and the DPP lost big. President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as chair of the DPP, signifying the failures of her administration.
What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?
Politics,South Asia

What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?

Ranil Wickremesinghe was fired as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on October 26, 2018. Shortly before sacking Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and suspended the parliament.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China
Politics,Security,China

Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China

The Trump administration’s concept of the “Indo-Pacific” should be placed in the context of the main strategic aims of his administration: to preserve the world primacy of the US and to prevent a strong China from displacing the US in Asia.
Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”
Security,China

Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “Lagging behind on the military front is lethal to the security of the country. I have read a lot on China’s modern history, and it gives me great pain whenever I come across a time when we dropped back (in military building) and fell victim to invasions”.
By Amrita Jash - 15 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections
Politics,South Asia

Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections

The recent by-election results in Pakistan should serve as a wake-up call for the PTI government led by Imran Khan. While renegotiation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with China has helped in the long run, the economy is in the doldrums and patience is clearly wearing thin.
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