The Challenge of the Gilets Jaunes to the French Government
Politics,Economy,Society
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 11 Dec 2018

The Challenge of the Gilets Jaunes to the French Government

Following the astonishing display of violence in Paris on the third weekend of the hitherto peaceful gilets jaunes (yellow vest) protests in France, the movement has suddenly been transformed into a major crisis for the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.
US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?
Politics,Hotspots

By Ross Darrell Feingold and Elizabeth Freund Larus - 03 Dec 2018

US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?

Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit
Politics,Hotspots

By Aditi Bhaduri - 28 Nov 2018

Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit

Explaining the Results of Taiwan’s Mid-Term Election
Politics,East Asia

Explaining the Results of Taiwan’s Mid-Term Election

On November 24, 2018, Taiwan held its mid-term election or its “Nine-in-One Election.” By almost every measure, the KMT won big, and the DPP lost big. President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as chair of the DPP, signifying the failures of her administration.
What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?
Politics,South Asia

What’s Behind the Sri Lankan Political Crisis?

Ranil Wickremesinghe was fired as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka on October 26, 2018. Shortly before sacking Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister and suspended the parliament.
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Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China
Politics,Security,China

Why Trump’s Indo-Pacific Concept Cannot Be a Strategy to Counter China

The Trump administration’s concept of the “Indo-Pacific” should be placed in the context of the main strategic aims of his administration: to preserve the world primacy of the US and to prevent a strong China from displacing the US in Asia.
Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”
Security,China

Xi Jinping’s Dictum of “Building a World Class Military”

Chinese President Xi Jinping said: “Lagging behind on the military front is lethal to the security of the country. I have read a lot on China’s modern history, and it gives me great pain whenever I come across a time when we dropped back (in military building) and fell victim to invasions”.
By Amrita Jash - 15 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections
Politics,South Asia

Lessons for Imran Khan from the Recent Pakistani By-Elections

The recent by-election results in Pakistan should serve as a wake-up call for the PTI government led by Imran Khan. While renegotiation of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor with China has helped in the long run, the economy is in the doldrums and patience is clearly wearing thin.
Will Trump Jilt Taiwan?
Politics,East Asia

Will Trump Jilt Taiwan?

In recent weeks, some top members of Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s party have warned her that US President Donald Trump will likely terminate and may even reverse America’s recent pro-Taiwan actions and policies.
Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women

Both are daughters of former heads of state, and their political pedigrees befitted their status in history. The conspicuous resemblance of South Korea’s Park Geun-hye (2013-2017) and the Philippines’ Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2009) is eerily apparent.
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