The Quad: Whistling by its Grave

    By Mark J. Valencia Mar. 20, 2019
    After China issued formal diplomatic protests to Quad members asking their intention, Australia withdrew from the Quad and meetings ceased. Indeed, the concept is more likely to go the way of the dodo than rise from its ashes like a phoenix.

    Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?

    By Tai Wei Lim on Mar. 19, 2019

    The Afghan Endgame in the Eyes of the US

    By Pervaiz Ali Mahesar on Mar. 18, 2019

    Xenophobia in Cambodia: Is It an Issue?

    By Kimkong Heng and Veasna Var on Mar. 14, 2019
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The Quad: Whistling by its Grave
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The Quad: Whistling by its Grave

After China issued formal diplomatic protests to Quad members asking their intention, Australia withdrew from the Quad and meetings ceased. Indeed, the concept is more likely to go the way of the dodo than rise from its ashes like a phoenix.
By Mark J. Valencia   |  Mar.20, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...
Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?

Many had expected some form of peace deal to be inked at the end of the second Trump-Kim summit, but were disappointed when both leaders left without having lunch, sparking off worries that the breakdown was less than amicable.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Mar.19, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...

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Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Should the US Step Up its Military Presence in the South China Sea?

A recent article in The National Interest posed the question “Are [US] Freedom of Navigation Operations in East Asia enough?” If FONOPs are to demonstrate non-acquiescence to what the US views as a violation of international law, they may be unnecessary.
By Mark J. Valencia   |  Mar.12, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...
The Sino-Indo-US Great Game in the Indian Ocean
Politics,China,South Asia

The Sino-Indo-US Great Game in the Indian Ocean

China’s growing economic and naval presence in the Indian Ocean region challenges India, the major South Asian power in the Indian Ocean area, and the US, the primary power since 1945. The question is why.
By Anita Inder Singh  |  Mar.11, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...
South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: How China Should Address the US-China Dispute

The underlying cause of the South China Sea dispute between the US and China is about dominance in Asia-Pacific and maintenance of the current world order. One influential factor is the abundance of natural resources in the South China Sea.
By Yu Fu   |  Mar.08, 2019  |  2 comments Read more...
Sino-Japanese Rapprochement: Where Is It Heading in 2019?
Politics,China,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Rapprochement: Where Is It Heading in 2019?

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made deliberate attempts to reach out to China at the November 2014’s APEC Summit in Beijing. This was known as the ice-thawing mission from the Abe administration to the Xi administration.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Mar.07, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...
First India-Central Asia Dialogue: Resetting Ties
Politics,Central Asia,South Asia

First India-Central Asia Dialogue: Resetting Ties

On January 12-13, 2019, India and the five Central Asian countries, Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, held their first ever ministerial dialogue in the beautiful and historic Uzbek city of Samarkand.
By Aditi Bhaduri   |  Mar.06, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...
US, Russia and China in the Arctic: Seeking Cooperation despite Increasing Competition
Politics,Economy,China

US, Russia and China in the Arctic: Seeking Cooperation despite Increasing Competition

Some call it a new cold war which sees Russia, China and the US all vying for influence and control in the Arctic. The recent policy shift of the US is also driven by its concern on this increasing influence of Russia and China and the cooperation between the two.
By Nong Hong  |  Mar.05, 2019  |  3 comments Read more...
Paradigm Change in Nepal-India Relations
Politics,South Asia

Paradigm Change in Nepal-India Relations

On January 24, 2019, Nepal’s Department of Labor and Occupational Safety issued a directive, asking employers to provide the total number of Indian nationals working in their companies and ensure that the workers have a valid legal work permit to work in Nepal.
By Rishi Gupta   |  Mar.04, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...
US-China Policy Task Force Warns of China Threat in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

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”.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Mar.01, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...

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