Trump’s New Afghan Policy: Too Early for India to Celebrate
Politics,South Asia
By Chayanika Saxena - 12 Sep 2017

Trump’s New Afghan Policy: Too Early for India to Celebrate

Seeking more “economic assistance” from India in Afghanistan, Trump did appear to signal who the “good guy” is in the South Asian region. However, India was effectively brought into an unsavory quid pro quo equation.
Taiwan’s Opposition Leader Faces Internal and External Challenges
Politics,East Asia

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 08 Sep 2017

Taiwan’s Opposition Leader Faces Internal and External Challenges

India and the Middle East: Walking a Diplomatic Tightrope
Politics,South Asia

By Aditi Bhaduri - 07 Sep 2017

India and the Middle East: Walking a Diplomatic Tightrope

Nawaz Sharif’s Exit and the Pakistan-China-India Triangle: Why Islamabad Needs a Serious Re-Think
Politics,China,South Asia

Nawaz Sharif’s Exit and the Pakistan-China-India Triangle: Why Islamabad Needs a Serious Re-Think

All eyes in the next few months will be on how former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will play his cards vis-à-vis the Pakistan army. If one were to look beyond the domestic ramifications, the first point which needs to be closely examined is how China has reacted to the instability.
China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea
Politics,China,East Asia

China, Japan and the Energy Quest in the East China Sea

In early August 2017, Japan lodged a protest with China over its gas exploration in a disputed area of the East China Sea. Confirming the presence of a Chinese drillship close to Tokyo’s proposed median line, Japan accused China of conducting “unilateral development.”
By Amrita Jash - 29 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Trump’s Upbringing, Thoughts and Policies that Affect Sino-American Relations
Politics,China

Trump’s Upbringing, Thoughts and Policies that Affect Sino-American Relations

US President Donald Trump wrote: “China is our enemy.” He said China was an enemy because of weak and incompetent US officials that were taken to the cleaners by smart and seasoned Chinese negotiators, and he would fix that and turn China into a friend.
Will Trump Ignite a War with China?
Politics,China

Will Trump Ignite a War with China?

One of the arguments for a coming war is the Thucydides Trap theory. It goes that the situation of a status quo power (Sparta in ancient Greece) and a fast rising power that challenges the former (Athens) creates a condition wherein neither can tolerate the other.
The 2017 ASEAN Gathering of Ministers in Manila
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

The 2017 ASEAN Gathering of Ministers in Manila

At the end of the August 2017 ASEAN gathering in Manila, ASEAN overcame all obstacles and issued a communique addressing the non-militarization of the South China Sea. Both China and ASEAN have also agreed on the framework for a Code of Conduct.
By Tai Wei Lim - 15 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Is America Losing the Soft Power Contest in Southeast Asia?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Is America Losing the Soft Power Contest in Southeast Asia?

For 70 years the United States has dominated Southeast Asia with both hard and soft power. While its hard power is still dominant and may even grow, its soft power seems to have declined. This decrease is both absolute and relative to that of China.
Crisis Governance in Afghanistan and Need for Devolution
Politics,Central Asia,South Asia

Crisis Governance in Afghanistan and Need for Devolution

The stilted evolution of democracy in Afghanistan has been further affected by the existence and proliferation of competing centers of power outside the scope of the constitution. Parallel structures of governance have impacted the overall democratic structure adversely.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits India to Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties
Politics,South Asia

Iraqi Foreign Minister Visits India to Reinvigorate Bilateral Ties

Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraq’s Foreign Minister, held a meeting with the Indian Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, testifying to the fact that oil is high on the India-Iraq agenda. Iraq, which has always been a major source of crude for India, is back again as India’s largest crude supplier.
India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond
Politics,East Asia,South Asia

India-Japan Ties: The China Factor and Beyond

The India-Japan Nuclear Deal came into force on July 20, 2017. With the deal, Japan can export nuclear power plant technology to India and help India with nuclear waste management. They can also jointly manufacture nuclear power plant equipment.
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