Maldives Mends Ties with India
Politics,South Asia
By Aditi Bhaduri - 25 Jan 2019

Maldives Mends Ties with India

Maldives is a mere 700 km away from India’s Lakshwadeep island chain. Located along major sea lanes in the Indian Ocean through which much of the world’s trade takes place, it has been traditionally considered to be part of India’s sphere of influence.
America and China: Long-Term Friends or Enemies?
Politics,China

By John F. Copper - 24 Jan 2019

America and China: Long-Term Friends or Enemies?

2018: A Year of Elections in South Asia
Politics,South Asia

By Rishi Gupta - 23 Jan 2019

2018: A Year of Elections in South Asia

US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks
Politics,Security,South Asia

US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks

Pakistan’s influence on the Afghan Taliban is misunderstood by the US. While Pakistan retains a modicum of influence on the Taliban, it is not able to dictate terms to them. It can convince the Taliban to enter peace talks but what comes out of these talks is not in its hands.
By Abdul Basit - 22 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Rising Uncertainty in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle in 2019
Politics,East Asia

Rising Uncertainty in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle in 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted the necessity and urgency to think about possible ways of political unification. This was widely considered as Xi’s public demonstration of his determination to resolve the Taiwan issue within his term as the Chinese leader.
By Xiaolin Duan - 18 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
The Revised US-South Korea FTA: Towards Fairer Trade?
Politics,Economy,East Asia

The Revised US-South Korea FTA: Towards Fairer Trade?

The revised KORUS FTA was implemented on January 1, 2019. While South Korea made concessions on automobiles, steel and aluminum, the US only promised to ease Korean textile exports to America. The FTA can be a model for US trade deals with other Asian countries.
Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the pullout of 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan took both his allies and adversaries by surprise. It will change the calculus on the ground in Afghanistan with far-reaching consequences for regional peace and security.
By Abdul Basit - 16 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Relations with China before Decolonization

Singapore’s relations with China can be traced back to the precolonial period. Archeological digs have uncovered “Chinese glass beads and vessels, as well as the fragment of a rare porcelain pillow and a unique compass bowl,” suggesting “an exceptionally close relationship with China.”
Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?

On my first trip to Afghanistan which I had, so far, researched from distance, both the urgency of negotiations and the deteriorating security situation were palpable. One’s stay in Kabul is enough for one to realize that peace and stability are still a far cry for this country.
Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia

The unparalleled mix of the EU’s wish to have a complementary relationship with China, the priority it gives to trade, as well as the divisions within the Union that interrupt its common foreign policy, explain why it contributes little to Southeast Asian security.
Modi-Solih Pact: A Challenge to China in the Maldives
Politics,China,South Asia

Modi-Solih Pact: A Challenge to China in the Maldives

Maldives’ President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s visit to India marks a new line of engagement in strengthening the two countries’ bilateral relations, which had fallen under the shadow of a Chinese stronghold under former President Abdulla Yameen.
By Rishi Gupta - 10 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Taiwan Midterm Elections: Hints for the 2020 Presidential Election?
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan Midterm Elections: Hints for the 2020 Presidential Election?

Some celebrated the functioning democracy in Taiwan, the only Chinese society in the world to be practising liberal democracy. For some, the election results represented possibilities for retooling relations with Beijing, but others fear this would send the wrong signals to Beijing.
By Tai Wei Lim - 09 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
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