The Marawi Crisis and its Implications for the Philippines and Beyond
Security,Southeast Asia
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 27 Jul 2017

The Marawi Crisis and its Implications for the Philippines and Beyond

The Philippine city of Marawi was overrun by IS-linked insurgents in May 2017. The persistence of the insurgency has dragged out the battle with government forces. As of July 25, at least 453 militants, 109 government troops, and 45 civilians had been killed in the fighting.
China, India and the Panchsheel Agreement
Security,China,South Asia

By Bawa Singh and Parvaiz Ahmad Thoker - 26 Jul 2017

China, India and the Panchsheel Agreement

Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 24 Jul 2017

Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea

Insecurity and Vigilante Violence in Nigeria
Society,Security

Insecurity and Vigilante Violence in Nigeria

The crime wave of the Badoo Gang in Lagos has in turn triggered a wave of reprisal killings by vigilante groups. The first crime attributed to the gang occurred last year with the rape and murder of a schoolteacher, whose “skull was smashed with a stone.”
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity

US FONOPs in the South China Sea are controversial. Their targeting of China’s “excessive” claims there, their resumption under President Donald Trump, and China’s increasingly strident objections raise questions regarding their intent, effectiveness and necessity.
China and US Forge Common Stance against Terrorism
Security,China

China and US Forge Common Stance against Terrorism

The US has asked China to step up their efforts in combating terrorism. It is leveraging on China’s own national interests in fighting terrorism as a self-motivated incentive for the Chinese government to ramp up its security efforts against terror groups.
By Tai Wei Lim - 04 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
An Electronic and Cyber Warfare Doctrine to Contain North Korea’s Provocations
Security,Cyberspace,East Asia

An Electronic and Cyber Warfare Doctrine to Contain North Korea’s Provocations

Through a strategic doctrine of electronic and cyber warfare containment, it would be possible for certain strategically significant actors to contain North Korea, while other strategically significant actors simultaneously work toward a peaceful resolution to the issue.
GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now
Politics,Security,South Asia

GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now

A major concern for India is Pakistan’s involvement in the Saudi-led Islamic military coalition. After all, India had expended considerable political and diplomatic capital to isolate Pakistan for terror attacks emanating from its territory which target India and Indian interests.
Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism

The recent London Bridge attack underscores two major trends: IS terrorists are targeting civilians in the main Western cities and they are using low-tech methods like vehicle ramming and stabbing.
By Abdul Basit - 20 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Role of Mutual Respect in Improving Cambodia-Thailand Relations
Security,Southeast Asia

The Role of Mutual Respect in Improving Cambodia-Thailand Relations

The relations between Cambodia and Thailand can be appropriately labelled as a love-hate relationship. Given their current political, economic and diplomatic relations, both countries can enhance their generally troubled relationship through a reciprocal exchange of mutual respect.
The Shangri-La Dialogue: Fundamental South China Sea Questions Left Unanswered
Politics,Security

The Shangri-La Dialogue: Fundamental South China Sea Questions Left Unanswered

Defense ministers, officials and analysts flocked to the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore to hear the US and its allies bash China, who wisely sent a relatively low-level delegation. Lost in the bluster and bravado were fundamental questions regarding the strategic future of Asia.
Who Will Fire the First Shot in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots

Who Will Fire the First Shot in the South China Sea?

China and ASEAN agreed to a framework for the Code of Conduct on the South China Sea in May 2017. Hopefully, after this agreement, none of the claimants or concerned sea-powers would need to fire the first shot.  
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