Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?

    By Mark J. Valencia Oct. 17, 2017
    On October 10, 2017, the US executed yet another FONOP challenging what it says are illegal Chinese claims in the South China Sea. So why does the US Navy deem it necessary to keep repeating specific kinetic challenges to the same specific claim?

    Why US Pressure Will Not Work on Pakistan

    By Tridivesh Singh Maini on Oct. 19, 2017

    China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal

    By Yongnian Zheng on Oct. 16, 2017

    China’s 19th Party Congress and Implications for Hong Kong

    By Tai Wei Lim on Oct. 13, 2017
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Why US Pressure Will Not Work on Pakistan
Politics,South Asia

Why US Pressure Will Not Work on Pakistan

Both New Delhi and Washington have recently launched scathing attacks on Pakistan for providing support to terrorist groups. It remains to be seen how the US deals with Pakistan. A number of analysts in India and the US are skeptical about Washington taking such steps.
By Tridivesh Singh Maini   |  Oct.19, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?
Hotspots,China

Are Redundant US Naval FONOPs in the South China Sea Necessary?

On October 10, 2017, the US executed yet another FONOP challenging what it says are illegal Chinese claims in the South China Sea. So why does the US Navy deem it necessary to keep repeating specific kinetic challenges to the same specific claim?
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Oct.17, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis Escalates with Call for Independence
Politics,Security

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis Escalates with Call for Independence

Cameroon has experienced a violent escalation in its Anglophone crisis. The voices of protestors, which initially focused on calling for the restoration of federalism, are now increasingly dominated by calls for secession and the establishment of an independent Anglophone Republic of Ambazonia.
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim   |  Oct.12, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China Invests in Canada’s Alberta Oil Sands
Economy,China

China Invests in Canada’s Alberta Oil Sands

China’s major investment in Canada’s energy sector, in particular the Alberta oil sands, marks China’s continuing diversification strategy away from overdependence on Middle Eastern crude oil.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Oct.11, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea
Hotspots,China

China, US Both Using Lawfare in the South China Sea

Lawfare is “a form of asymmetric warfare, consisting of using the legal system against an enemy, such as by damaging or delegitimizing them, tying up their time or winning a public relations victory.” China and the US both use it with regard to the South China Sea.  
By Mark J. Valencia   |  Oct.09, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Kulsoom Nawaz Wins Pakistan By-Election: Who’s Next in the Leadership
Politics,South Asia

Kulsoom Nawaz Wins Pakistan By-Election: Who’s Next in the Leadership

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz won the NA-120 seat by-election, which was vacated after Sharif resigned from his Prime Minister position and Parliament in July 2017 after a Supreme Court ruling.
By Tridivesh Singh Maini  |  Oct.04, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects
Economy,China

China Pledges Billions of Dollars for Belt and Road Projects

As of July 2017, China has allocated more than USD 100 billion to pay for Belt and Road Initiaitve projects, including the massive USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and a pan-Asian high-speed railway.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Oct.03, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The “South Pacific Way”: A New Model of Global Governance?
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

The “South Pacific Way”: A New Model of Global Governance?

Australia and New Zealand may hold potential to offer an alternative pathway to realpolitik in international relations (like the current Sino-US geopolitical rivalry) — a model of global governance which valorizes democracy, but free from the intention to establish hegemony.
By Bo Yuan Chang   |  Oct.02, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar: Misperceptions and Differences in Opinions
Security,Southeast Asia

The Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar: Misperceptions and Differences in Opinions

Rohingya militants launched raids on Rakhine law enforcement outposts on August 25, 2017 and killed 12 law enforcers. The response led by the Myanmarese military triggered off a massive exodus of refugees, including women and children, from Rohingya villages into nearby Bangladesh.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Sep.29, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
BRICS: A Coolant for China and India?
Politics,China,South Asia

BRICS: A Coolant for China and India?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s bonhomie towards India at the 9th BRICS Summit ran contrary to his earlier hardline rhetoric during the two-month long Doklam stand-off. It can be rightly argued that BRICS acted as a coolant for Sino-Indian tension.
By Amrita Jash  |  Sep.28, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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The South China Sea Ruling: Akin to Opening Pandora’s Box

Uzbekistan’s New Leadership and Relations with China

Uzbekistan’s New Leadership and Relations with China

Weaponized Cars and the Deadly Contagion of Everyday Terrorism

Weaponized Cars and the Deadly Contagion of Everyday Terrorism

China’s Economic Gifts as Extension of its Foreign Policy

China’s Economic Gifts as Extension of its Foreign Policy

Problems with the US Proposal for Interdiction of North Korean Ships

Problems with the US Proposal for Interdiction of North Korean Ships

Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction

Indian Claims of Surgical Strikes: Separating Fact from Fiction

India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond

India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond

Sixteen Years after 9/11, is Al-Qaeda Still in Business?

Sixteen Years after 9/11, is Al-Qaeda Still in Business?

The South China Sea: After the Big Bang

The South China Sea: After the Big Bang

On Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea

On Freedom of Navigation in the South China Sea

Can the US–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Do Anything about the South China Sea?

Can the US–China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Do Anything about the South China Sea?

The South China Sea: The Pots Are Calling the Kettle Black

The South China Sea: The Pots Are Calling the Kettle Black

The Recent China-US Airplane Incident: More than Meets the Eye

The Recent China-US Airplane Incident: More than Meets the Eye

Is China Building a Maritime Militia?

Is China Building a Maritime Militia?

The South China Sea Dispute: Peering into the Crystal Ball

The South China Sea Dispute: Peering into the Crystal Ball

Behind China’s E-Commerce Success Story

Behind China’s E-Commerce Success Story

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