The Marawi Crisis and its Implications for the Philippines and Beyond

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    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.

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The Marawi Crisis and its Implications for the Philippines and Beyond
Security,Southeast Asia

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.
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim   |  Jul.27, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China, India and the Panchsheel Agreement
Security,China,South Asia

China, India and the Panchsheel Agreement

Despite the agreement being in place for peaceful coexistence and respect for each other’s sovereignty, if their armies are standing eyeball-to-eyeball for whatever reasons, then China and India need to revisit the Panchsheel Agreement.

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 The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy

Cambodia has recently become much closer to China in almost every respect, leading some scholars to label Cambodia-China relations as a client-patron relationship. Meanwhile, Cambodia’s bilateral relations with the US have been getting worse.
By Veasna Var & Sovinda Po   |  Jul.20, 2017  |  1 comments Read more...
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.”
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim  |  Jul.18, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Cambodia’s Growing Defense Ties with China: What about the US?
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Growing Defense Ties with China: What about the US?

Currently, Cambodia’s foreign policy faces significant challenges amid great power rivalry for regional influence. The high-level official defense visits between China and Cambodia highlight the strong cooperation which is widely seen to be at the expense of the US.  
By Veasna Var   |  Jul.17, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China Moves to Further Cool Housing Market Frenzy
Economy,China

China Moves to Further Cool Housing Market Frenzy

China’s Government Working Report proposed that future real estate measures would tailor to the regional circumstances, that is, de-stocking policies in regions with high housing inventories and strict regulations in some cities to constrain the excessive increase in housing prices.  
By Zhihua Zhou  |  Jul.14, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Pakistan’s Middle East Predicament
Politics,South Asia

Pakistan’s Middle East Predicament

In recent years, the downward spiral in Saudi-Iran relations, the worsening Syrian conflict, the Saudi-led war in Yemen, and the rise of new diplomatic rivalries between the Sunni Arab states have created new complications for Pakistan.
By Abdul Basit   |  Jul.13, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
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.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Jul.12, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Why are Chinese Internet Users Paying for Digital Content?
Economy,Cyberspace,China

Why are Chinese Internet Users Paying for Digital Content?

China’s knowledge sharing platforms have gained popularity recently as celebrities and professionals have started to turn their knowledge into cash and make money from news and digital content.
By Wen Xin Lim   |  Jul.11, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, and National Security
Cyberspace

Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, and National Security

Some in the intelligence community and private sector solutions providers are advocating artificial intelligence as a solution to resolving cyber security vulnerabilities. Artificial intelligence can greatly improve human capabilities in cyber security.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Jul.10, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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