Can Tokyo and Seoul Afford to Drift Apart?
Politics,East Asia
By Tai Wei Lim - 12 Feb 2019

Can Tokyo and Seoul Afford to Drift Apart?

The international media has been playing up difficulties between Tokyo and Seoul over a number of issues. Seoul is canceling the foundation set up by both countries in 2016 that promotes reconciliation and healing over the comfort women issue.
Packs Americana and India’s Afghanistan Redux
Politics,South Asia

By Chayanika Saxena - 11 Feb 2019

Packs Americana and India’s Afghanistan Redux

Internal Divisions Will Appear in the UK after Brexit
Politics,Society

By Li Xue and He Liu - 01 Feb 2019

Internal Divisions Will Appear in the UK after Brexit

Could Regional Diplomacy Stabilize Afghanistan?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Could Regional Diplomacy Stabilize Afghanistan?

The US, China, India, Iran and Russia want stability in Afghanistan. But their roles in any peace parleys will be shaped by their own national or regional interests. What are their concerns? If they could agree on a strategy, could they open the door to a stable Afghanistan?
Cambodia after the 2018 Election: The Issue of Legitimacy
Politics,Southeast Asia

Cambodia after the 2018 Election: The Issue of Legitimacy

Following Cambodia’s national election in July 2018, there are a number of key challenges facing Prime Minister Hun Sen. He and his government need both internal and external political legitimacy to survive.
Maldives Mends Ties with India
Politics,South Asia

Maldives Mends Ties with India

Maldives is a mere 700 km away from India’s Lakshwadeep island chain. Located along major sea lanes in the Indian Ocean through which much of the world’s trade takes place, it has been traditionally considered to be part of India’s sphere of influence.
America and China: Long-Term Friends or Enemies?
Politics,China

America and China: Long-Term Friends or Enemies?

Since the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, relations between the United States and China have witnessed extremes in friendliness and cordiality on the one hand and hostility and antagonisms on the other hand.
2018: A Year of Elections in South Asia
Politics,South Asia

2018: A Year of Elections in South Asia

Despite political deadlocks and the beginning of democratic development especially in Nepal and Bhutan, the year 2018 witnessed the successful completion of general elections in five South Asian countries.
By Rishi Gupta - 23 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks
Politics,Security,South Asia

US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks

Pakistan’s influence on the Afghan Taliban is misunderstood by the US. While Pakistan retains a modicum of influence on the Taliban, it is not able to dictate terms to them. It can convince the Taliban to enter peace talks but what comes out of these talks is not in its hands.
By Abdul Basit - 22 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Rising Uncertainty in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle in 2019
Politics,East Asia

Rising Uncertainty in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle in 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping highlighted the necessity and urgency to think about possible ways of political unification. This was widely considered as Xi’s public demonstration of his determination to resolve the Taiwan issue within his term as the Chinese leader.
By Xiaolin Duan - 18 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
The Revised US-South Korea FTA: Towards Fairer Trade?
Politics,Economy,East Asia

The Revised US-South Korea FTA: Towards Fairer Trade?

The revised KORUS FTA was implemented on January 1, 2019. While South Korea made concessions on automobiles, steel and aluminum, the US only promised to ease Korean textile exports to America. The FTA can be a model for US trade deals with other Asian countries.
Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the pullout of 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan took both his allies and adversaries by surprise. It will change the calculus on the ground in Afghanistan with far-reaching consequences for regional peace and security.
By Abdul Basit - 16 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
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