East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism

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    Major players in global trade will consider possible countermeasures and strategies to moderate the medium- and long-terms impacts of Donald Trump’s trade protectionism. Amid the trade war, China, Japan, and South Korea are reviving the delayed agenda of East Asia integration.

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East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism
Politics,Economy,East Asia

East Asian Integration and Trump’s Trade Protectionism

Major players in global trade will consider possible countermeasures and strategies to moderate the medium- and long-terms impacts of Donald Trump’s trade protectionism. Amid the trade war, China, Japan, and South Korea are reviving the delayed agenda of East Asia integration.
By Xiaolin Duan   |  Apr.24, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems
Society,Security

The Use of AI and Robotics in Weapon Systems

New technologies can bring military applications to new heights. The X-41 Common Aero Vehicle Falcon program is a glimpse of the future. The X-41 operates like a missile that can fly at high altitude and carry nuclear and non-nuclear warheads.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Apr.23, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China
Politics,China

Xi Jinping and the Removal of Presidential Term Limits in China

China scrapped its presidential two-term limit, allowing President Xi Jinping to seek a third term in 2022. The change was criticized by numerous Western pundits as “dangerous,” “regressive,” and “potentially disastrous.” Are such criticisms warranted?
By Dennis V. Hickey   |  Apr.17, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A “New Normal” in the South China Sea?

The US and China have apparently reached a tacit agreement to disagree and to maintain a leaky status quo, a “new normal.” Not coincidentally, relations on this issue between the ASEAN claimants and between ASEAN and China are more or less at the same place.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Apr.16, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recently met with US Vice President Mike Pence. One of the challenges which the US is facing is that despite taking tough measures on Pakistan lately, there has been no visible change in Islamabad’s approach towards terror groups.
By Tridivesh Singh Maini   |  Apr.13, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan
Politics,Society,South Asia

Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan have made use of democratic practices, such as popular sit-ins, social media activism, and even satire, as ways to make themselves heard even if their faith in the government and the administration continues to diminish by the day.
By Chayanika Saxena  |  Apr.12, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?

On March 16, 2018, the Philippines began the process of its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court. The decision ultimately discredits the Philippines’ democratic credentials that are supposedly grounded on the ideals of human rights.
By Andrea Chloe Wong   |  Apr.11, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
What is Structural Blindness?
Politics,Society

What is Structural Blindness?

The recent discovery of a hitherto-unrecognized human organ, the interstitium, has provided an example of the phenomenon of structural blindness: the inability of people to see something not because of a defect in their eyes, but because of a long-standing feature of the world.
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim  |  Apr.10, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Disputes: Will Taiwan’s Role Be Enhanced?

Taiwan’s interests and role in the South China Sea disputes have essentially been officially ignored. With the election of US President Donald Trump and appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor, its influence and involvement may increase substantially.
By Mark J. Valencia   |  Apr.09, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
How India Should Deal with Developments within SAARC
Politics,South Asia

How India Should Deal with Developments within SAARC

What India should be closely observing is not just China’s steady clout in the region, but also Pakistan’s ties with other countries in India’s immediate neighborhood and attempts by Islamabad to revive the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation process.
By Tridivesh Singh Maini  |  Apr.06, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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