US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 01 Mar 2019

US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea

A very distinguished unofficial “task force” of US-China experts has issued a rather alarming report regarding the China threat to US security overall and in the South China Sea in particular. The group suggests that the US pressures China to comply with “global norms”.
The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Incremental Progress towards Needed Diplomacy
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Stephen R. Nagy - 25 Feb 2019

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Incremental Progress towards Needed Diplomacy

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Regional Responses, Prospects and Challenges
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

By Hak Yin Li and Tai Wei Lim - 22 Feb 2019

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Regional Responses, Prospects and Challenges

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Vietnam’s Place in the Sun
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

The 2nd Trump-Kim Summit: Vietnam’s Place in the Sun

The announcement of Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi as the site of the second Trump-Kim summit has truly marked the Southeast Asian nation’s coming of age. It shows that Vietnam has truly come into prominence on the global stage.
By Tai Wei Lim - 21 Feb 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US Says “Rules” Should Be “Enforced” in the South China Sea

US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson met with senior Chinese military leaders in Beijing in January 2019. The discussions focused primarily on how to manage increasingly dangerous encounters between vessels and aircraft of the two navies.
Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy

Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, Philippine relations with China have experienced a remarkable renaissance. Duterte’s accommodating policy towards the Chinese government has however caused increasing anxiety among the Filipino public.
Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?

A well-known Washington DC based think tank has widely disseminated its latest “revelation” regarding the “nefarious” activities and intentions of China’s fishing fleet in the disputed Spratlys.
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?
Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?

Ahead of the second Trump-Kim summit, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un made a visit to Beijing between January 8-9, 2019. The North Koreans may be using this visit to pursue what Kim calls an “alternative path” in his New Year speech.
By Tai Wei Lim - 28 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...
A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,China

A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?

Bolton is an iconoclast and an extreme American nationalist. He believes that US sovereignty and freedom of action are wrongly constrained by international law, multilateral organizations and global treaties.
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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