South Korea-Japan Frictions: From Trade Conflict to Security Issues
Politics,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 19 Sep 2019

South Korea-Japan Frictions: From Trade Conflict to Security Issues

Whenever South Korea and Japan became closer, the bilateral relationship somehow always broke apart in the end when historical memories surfaced. The two countries co-hosted the football World Cup in 2002, perhaps the greatest upswing in their relationship.
Is “One Country, Two Systems” Doomed To Fail?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 18 Sep 2019

Is “One Country, Two Systems” Doomed To Fail?

Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s First Year in Office
Politics,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 17 Sep 2019

Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s First Year in Office

Has the US Approach to Iran Devolved into Bullying, Blackmail and “Terrorism”?
Politics,Hotspots,South Asia

Has the US Approach to Iran Devolved into Bullying, Blackmail and “Terrorism”?

A US official tried to bribe the captain of a tanker carrying Iranian oil to deliver the ship into US hands. He emailed, “With this money, you can have any life you wish and be well-off in old age…If you choose not to take this easy path, life will be much harder for you.”
Is a Strong Leader Enough to Fight Corruption? Evidence from India and China
Politics,China,South Asia

Is a Strong Leader Enough to Fight Corruption? Evidence from India and China

Compared with China’s high-profile anti-corruption campaign, the so-called “tiger hunt”, India has been more impressive on promoting a clean government, based on data from the Corruption Perception Index over the past few years.
Argentina On Verge of Default: Can IMF Save It?
Politics,Economy

Argentina On Verge of Default: Can IMF Save It?

Argentine has defaulted on its sovereign debt eight times since independence in 1816, and the country has been punctuated with regular economic crises in the past 70 years. The issue on hand is not so much about Argentine default, but the judgement and approach of the IMF.
Whither Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent?
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Whither Hong Kong’s Summer of Discontent?

On September 4, 2019, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that she will officially withdraw the extradition bill which caused much anguish and anxiety in Hong Kong. Protestors did not accept Lam’s withdrawal of the bill as it came too little, too late.
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Modi’s Bahrain Visit Affirms Strong Mid-East Ties
Politics,Economy,South Asia

Modi’s Bahrain Visit Affirms Strong Mid-East Ties

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Bahrain came amidst much fanfare and interest. He is the very first Indian prime minister to visit the Gulf state, considering that the two countries have shared close ties for centuries.
G7 Summit and Iran: Why India Would be Watching Closely
Politics,Economy,South Asia

G7 Summit and Iran: Why India Would be Watching Closely

India has immense interest in the reduction of tensions between Washington and Tehran. The removal of tensions is important for India in the context of its oil needs as well as the Chabahar Port project which is India’s gateway to Afghanistan.
Trump is Pushing Iran Closer to China
Politics,Economy,China

Trump is Pushing Iran Closer to China

Even as the US threatens Iran with oil sanctions and war, China goes ahead with trade and infrastructure building there. Iran’s dependence on China highlights their shared interests against the US in the Middle East, Central and South Asia.
Strategic Challenges of India in Globalization
Politics,Society,South Asia

Strategic Challenges of India in Globalization

There are three major sets of challenges for India’s foreign policy. Firstly, meeting strategic challenges; secondly, responding to challenges of globalization and managing critical issues; and thirdly, evolving a national consensus on India’s national interests.
Whither China’s “State Capitalism”?
Politics,Economy,China

Whither China’s “State Capitalism”?

Instead of the flashpoint of an economic Cold War, China’s state sector can become a site of meaningful reforms if Washington and Beijing come to a better understanding of its past and future.
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