The Long Walk to Dawn: Peace Processes and Afghanistan

    By Chayanika Saxena Dec. 14, 2018
    There are two major international peace efforts that are currently underway to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan: the recently galvanized American push for peace led by Zalmay Khalilzad and the year-old Moscow-led consultations.

    The Quad and a “Rules-based Order” in the Indo-Pacific Region

    By Amrita Jash on Dec. 13, 2018

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    By Yu Fu on Dec. 12, 2018

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The Long Walk to Dawn: Peace Processes and Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Long Walk to Dawn: Peace Processes and Afghanistan

There are two major international peace efforts that are currently underway to restore peace and stability in Afghanistan: the recently galvanized American push for peace led by Zalmay Khalilzad and the year-old Moscow-led consultations.
By Chayanika Saxena   |  Dec.14, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
The Quad and a “Rules-based Order” in the Indo-Pacific Region
Security,East Asia,South Asia

The Quad and a “Rules-based Order” in the Indo-Pacific Region

Making the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) more than a buzzword, on 15 November 2018, leaders of Australia, India, Japan and the United States met on the sidelines of the 13th East Asian Summit in Singapore.
By Amrita Jash  |  Dec.13, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 2)
Politics,Economy,China

Hong Kong in China: Rethinking the Hong Kong-Mainland Relationship (Part 2)

It is more than 21 years since Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of China. Much has happened that is positive since 1997. At the same time there have been recurring political incidents and stand-offs. Could the HKSAR see a positive future within China?
The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The US Should Change its Approach to the Philippines

Washington DC based analysts sharply criticized the policy and actions of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration regarding China’s actions in the South China Sea, reflecting the US government concern that under Duterte it is “losing” the Philippines.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Dec.07, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Analyzing the Outcomes of the ASEAN Summit
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Analyzing the Outcomes of the ASEAN Summit

The outcomes of the ASEAN Summit can be divided into two main categories: the “cautious optimism” view, and the “missed opportunity” interpretation, against the backdrop of a G2 titans’ clash between the US and China.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Dec.06, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
South China Sea: What’s Behind the Conflict between China and the US?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

South China Sea: What’s Behind the Conflict between China and the US?

China-US disputes over FONOPs in the South China Sea do not involve conflicts of core interests. Neither China nor the US should raise them to a full military confrontation.
By Xiaobo Liu  |  Dec.05, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Will the Sino-Myanmar Railway be Revived?
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia

Will the Sino-Myanmar Railway be Revived?

In October 2018, the MoU on the feasibility study of the Muse-Mandalay railway, a part of the USD 20 billion Sino-Myanmar railway, was signed. This led to the speculation that the canceled Sino-Myanmar railway might be resumed.
By Nian Peng   |  Dec.04, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?
Politics,Hotspots

US Mid-term Elections: Indication of Continuity or Harbinger of Change?

US mid-term election results reveal that the electorate is divided in its support of President Donald J. Trump and his policies. As the 116th Congress convenes in January 2019, do not expect House Democrats to seek immediate and drastic changes in US foreign policy.
Taiwan’s Mid-term Elections: Tsai’s Policy Failures and KMT’s Revival
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan’s Mid-term Elections: Tsai’s Policy Failures and KMT’s Revival

In the local elections in late November 2018, the KMT was surprisingly revived thanks to the DPP’s policy failures. The KMT not only successfully won three special municipalities, it also occupied more seats than the DPP in five special municipalities’ parliaments.
By Xiaolin Duan   |  Dec.01, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Sub-national Ties Strong Despite China-US Trade Tensions
Politics,Economy,China

Sub-national Ties Strong Despite China-US Trade Tensions

One of the important dimensions of the China-US relationship are the sub-national linkages between Chinese provinces and US states. Links between Chinese and US cities, and Chinese provinces as well as US states, have played a role in giving a fillip to economic relations.
By Tridivesh Singh Maini  |  Nov.30, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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