Between the Barbs: Afghanistan in the US-Iran Tussle

    By Chayanika Saxena May. 23, 2018
    Caught in a quarrel that has nothing to do with it per se, Afghanistan has been a theatre where Iran and the US have exhibited their mutual suspicions towards each other.

    The Evolving Dynamics of Religious Extremism in Xinjiang

    By Yu Fu on May. 25, 2018

    BIMSTEC and People-to-People Connectivity

    By Sampa Kundu on May. 24, 2018

    New Technologies to Boost China’s Smart Cities Project

    By Tai Wei Lim on May. 22, 2018
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The Evolving Dynamics of Religious Extremism in Xinjiang
Politics,Society,China

The Evolving Dynamics of Religious Extremism in Xinjiang

China has often been condemned for being repressive in Xinjiang. If we look beyond the political rhetoric and propaganda, we can see that the rise of modern religious extremism in Xinjiang was an inevitable outcome of Chinese history.
By Yu Fu   |  May.25, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
BIMSTEC and People-to-People Connectivity
Economy,South Asia

BIMSTEC and People-to-People Connectivity

In the context of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multisectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, there are a few approaches that can be adopted to rejuvenate the sense of a common identity within the sub-region.
By Sampa Kundu  |  May.24, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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The South China Sea: Realpolitik Does Indeed Trump Moralpolitik
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: Realpolitik Does Indeed Trump Moralpolitik

In a recent posting in The Diplomat, Tuan N. Pham denies that realpolitik can triumph or has triumphed over moralpolitik and urges the US not to “back down” in the South China Sea.
By Mark J. Valencia   |  May.21, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision

A team of legal experts from the Chinese Society of International Law has just published a major critique of the PCA arbitral award in the case of Philippines v. China on their South China Sea dispute in the Chinese Journal of International Law.
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim  |  May.18, 2018  |  1 comments Read more...
Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor
Politics,Southeast Asia

Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s election victory should be understood as being less about Mahathir and more about the Malaysian electorate’s anger with former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his government.
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim   |  May.17, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
China-India Border Dispute: Stabilizing Military Relations is Key to Peace
China,South Asia

China-India Border Dispute: Stabilizing Military Relations is Key to Peace

The unresolved boundary question has evolved to become the characteristic feature of India-China relations. Having been peaceful and stable for over six decades since the 1962 War, it was the 2017 Doklam stand-off that brought back the boundary dilemma to the fore.
By Amrita Jash  |  May.16, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?

Hours after the Mahathir-led opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan clinched a surprising victory at the Malaysian 14th General Election, Mahathir told reporters that his new government “may renegotiate” some deals with China.
The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?
Politics,Southeast Asia

The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?

Malaysia’s 92-year old Dr Mahathir Mohamad is voted back into power. He is likely to reach out to other opposition figures as well as anti-Najib factions within the former ruling party, as he pursues justice for the scandals plaguing Malaysian politics.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  May.14, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Are China-US Relations Entering a Dangerous New Phase in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Are China-US Relations Entering a Dangerous New Phase in the South China Sea?

Most analysts agree that China and the US are locked in a seminal long-term struggle for dominance in Asia. A new and more dangerous phase in their troubled relationship may be beginning and one window on this dynamic is their behavior in the South China Sea.
By Mark J. Valencia   |  May.11, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Mahathir: The Strongman Returns
Politics,Southeast Asia

Mahathir: The Strongman Returns

On the morning of May 10, 2018, Malaysians woke up to the return of their long-time political strongman Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir had a decisive victory and it seemed voters in rural as well as urban areas were in favor of bringing him back.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  May.10, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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Reconstruction of the Chinese Empire for China’s Peaceful Rise (II)

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Decoding India’s UN Vote against the US Jerusalem Decision

On CPEC, India Should Be Tough but Not Rigid

On CPEC, India Should Be Tough but Not Rigid

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong

The Role of Mutual Respect in Improving Cambodia-Thailand Relations

The Role of Mutual Respect in Improving Cambodia-Thailand Relations

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Elements of a South China Sea Deal: Saving Face and Making Money

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Brexit Vote: The Predicaments of Western Democracy

Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Police and its Representations in India

Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Police and its Representations in India

Modi’s Job Creation Promise for India

Modi’s Job Creation Promise for India

The South China Sea Award: Paradox of the Historic Argument

The South China Sea Award: Paradox of the Historic Argument

India and the Middle East: Walking a Diplomatic Tightrope

India and the Middle East: Walking a Diplomatic Tightrope

China Moves to Further Cool Housing Market Frenzy

China Moves to Further Cool Housing Market Frenzy

 The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy

The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy

The South China Sea Dispute: Truth and Fiction

The South China Sea Dispute: Truth and Fiction

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Q&A

China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity

China’s Deadly Floods in 2016: A Stress Test for Government Capacity

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