US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia
By Stephen R. Nagy - 21 Sep 2018

US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.
A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 20 Sep 2018

A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

Cooling Temperatures and Defense Postures in East Asia
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 06 Sep 2018

Cooling Temperatures and Defense Postures in East Asia

China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

China’s Warning to “Spy” Planes in the South China Sea

A US Navy Poseidon 8-A flew over or “near” four of China’s occupied features in the South China Sea. A radio voice identifying itself as “the Chinese military” requested the plane to “leave immediately and keep off to avoid any misunderstanding.”
The Turkish Lira Crisis
Economy,Hotspots

The Turkish Lira Crisis

Turkey’s currency dropped by 1/5 of its value against the US dollar on August 10, 2018. One of the most significant rescue packages came from Qatar which came up with USD 15 billion worth of investments for Turkey.
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America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

America’s Grand Asian Strategy and the South China Sea

The US should have a grand strategy for Asia and determine the role of the South China Sea in it. But what are the US goals in Asia and does it have a “grand strategy” to achieve them?
 The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Intensifying US-China Soft Power Struggle for the South China Sea

At the ASEAN meetings, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated an indirect but obvious warning to China that Washington was committed to the rule of law in the South China Sea. He then announced a security aid package to Southeast Asia prioritizing maritime security.
A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Look at the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting

Singapore hosted the 51st ASEAN Ministerial Meeting from July 30 to August 4, 2018. ASEAN will certainly seek to augment its community building in a world where geopolitical shifts and disruptive forces are taking place.
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 Aug 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Mattis’ China Visit and Rising Tension in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Mattis’ China Visit and Rising Tension in the South China Sea

In the run up to US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ first visit to China from June 27-28, 2018, he said: “I want to go in without poisoning the well and do a lot of listening.” Well he certainly got an earful regarding the South China Sea.
The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Philippines’ Internal War Over the South China Sea: Idealists vs Realists

A recent poll purports to show that there is a huge domestic opposition to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “soft” approach to China supposedly gathering steam.
North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Reframing of Human Rights Discourse Might Help

By reframing the issue, the perceived threat to the DPRK’s ideological and psychological security may be reduced. A common discursive ground may then be found to engage the DPRK without a breakdown in dialogue on denuclearization, peace and the normalization of relations.
North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

North Korea’s Denuclearization: Echoes of China’s Reform and Opening-up?

For Beijing, the denuclearization drama playing out on the Korean Peninsula has strong parallels with China’s own reform and opening-up process led by Deng Xiaoping beginning in 1978.
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