What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia
By Somanith Samath Chan - 23 Jul 2019

What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?

Being caught at the crossroad of great powers’ competition for sphere of influences, ASEAN has become a center of geo-political and geo-economic gravity of battleground. What is ASEAN’s outlook in the rising volatility and dynamism of the Indo-Pacific region?
The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 15 Jul 2019

The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around

The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation
Politics,Security,Hotspots

By Mark J. Valencia - 08 Jul 2019

The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation

Xi Jinping’s Visit to North Korea: China is a Useful Leverage?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Xi Jinping’s Visit to North Korea: China is a Useful Leverage?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to North Korea in June 2019 grabbed the world’s attention. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rolled out a grand welcome for the leader of his country’s closest ally.
By Tai Wei Lim - 04 Jul 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?

Economic coercion is a major instrument of Trump’s policy towards Iran. Economic force explains why Trump imposed new unilateral sanctions against Iran to stem the alleged militarization of its nuclear program.
Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War

Between all the warnings and threats, none of America’s Middle East allies would want a war, even as they would like to see Iran weakened. Trump also wants to avoid war, embarking on the path of even harsher sanctions and building up a coalition to guard the Strait of Hormuz.
Implications of Islamic State’s Expansion in South Asia
Politics,Security,South Asia

Implications of Islamic State’s Expansion in South Asia

Following territorial losses in Syria, the Islamic State declared Wilayahs in India and Pakistan on May 10 and 15, 2019, respectively. In a recent statement, IS also threatened a fresh wave of attacks in India and Bangladesh.
By Abdul Basit - 19 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea

There is no universal agreement on the interpretation of key provisions in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Indeed, important differences are emerging between Southeast Asian nations and the US regarding the theory and enforcement of freedom of navigation.
The Shangri-La Dialogue: The Confrontation That Never Was
Politics,Security

The Shangri-La Dialogue: The Confrontation That Never Was

This year’s Shangri-La Dialogue was anticipated to display a region-shaking US-China clash or compromise. Indeed, several analysts predicted “fireworks”. But what actually transpired was “not a bang but an anti-climactic whimper”.
The Shangri-La Dialogue: Great Expectations and the Positives
Politics,Security

The Shangri-La Dialogue: Great Expectations and the Positives

There were great expectations for the annual Track 1.5 Shangri-La Dialogue that was held in June 2019 in Singapore. Many considered it to be a cautiously successful event all round. There were many reasons to support this view.
By Tai Wei Lim - 07 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical

Three US Senators have reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act. Its purpose is to “impose sanctions against Chinese entities that participate in Beijing’s attempts to assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions.”
A Third Trump-Kim Meeting in the Works?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

A Third Trump-Kim Meeting in the Works?

On April 12, 2019, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un finally uttered publicly he was open to a third summit with US President Donald J Trump. Trump himself does not appear to rule out the possibility of a third summit.
By Tai Wei Lim - 16 May 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
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