US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

    By Stephen R. Nagy Sep. 21, 2018
    An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.

    A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

    By Mark J. Valencia on Sep. 20, 2018

    The Need for a More Nuanced Approach towards the BRI

    By Tridivesh Singh Maini on Sep. 19, 2018

    What’s with the Recent Tension in US-China Relations?

    By John F. Copper on Sep. 18, 2018
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US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

US Midterm Elections and North Korean Denuclearization Calculations

An unfavorable outcome in the mid-term elections for Trump will likely be leveraged by the Kim regime to extract a maximum number of concessions from the US and stakeholders to pursue economic development and retain his strategic nuclear deterrent.
By Stephen R. Nagy   |  Sep.21, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Blueprint for Cooperative Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea

The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative recently released a “A Blueprint for Oil and Gas Production in the South China Sea.” It is an important contribution to thinking about interim solutions to these seemingly intractable disputes.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Sep.20, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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North Korea’s Economy in Retrospect and its Prospects
Economy,East Asia

North Korea’s Economy in Retrospect and its Prospects

North Korea’s economy suffered a negative growth of 3.5 percent in 2017, its worst setback in a decade. The disagreement with the US over its denuclearization process could delay the lifting of sanctions, while China-US competition in the Korean Peninsula may add additional uncertainty.
By Min-Hua Chiang   |  Sep.17, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Mike Pompeo’s Visit to Pakistan
Politics,South Asia

Mike Pompeo’s Visit to Pakistan

The US decision to cancel USD 300 million in military aid on September 1, 2018, just four days before Pompeo’s visit, came in for heavy criticism from sections of the Pakistan media as well as the political class.
By Tridivesh Singh Maini  |  Sep.14, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
The Vostok-18 War Games: Russia Launches Largest Military Exercise with China
Politics,Security,China

The Vostok-18 War Games: Russia Launches Largest Military Exercise with China

Vostok-18 is the largest military exercise hosted by Moscow since the 1980s. It involves a massive 300,000 troops and 1,000 aircraft joined by 3,200 soldiers from China’s People’s Liberation Army armed with 900 military equipment and 30 helicopters.
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Sep.13, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Freedom of Navigation: A Lost Legal Doctrine
Politics,Security,China

Freedom of Navigation: A Lost Legal Doctrine

Is the legal substance and function of freedom of navigation lost in translation when it has become a central point of major power competition and an instrumental role in broader strategic debates?
By Nong Hong  |  Sep.12, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Afghanistan’s Irresolvable Conflict: Destructive Obsession with Everything Strategic
Politics,South Asia

Afghanistan’s Irresolvable Conflict: Destructive Obsession with Everything Strategic

The strategic prioritization of Afghanistan for the world over its political, economic and cultural development for itself has been at the heart of the things that continue to go wrong here.
By Chayanika Saxena   |  Sep.11, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women
Politics,East Asia,Southeast Asia

Arroyo and Park: The Nations behind the Women

Both are daughters of former heads of state, and their political pedigrees befitted their status in history. The conspicuous resemblance of South Korea’s Park Geun-hye (2013-2017) and the Philippines’ Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2009) is eerily apparent.
By Andrea Chloe Wong   |  Sep.10, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Freedom of Navigation and the Environment
Politics,Environment

Freedom of Navigation and the Environment

The US has recently designated a critical habitat for the insular false killer whale, encompassing 17,500 square miles of waters around Hawaii extending well into the US EEZ, and it has placed restrictions on military activities there.
By Mark J. Valencia   |  Sep.07, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Cooling Temperatures and Defense Postures in East Asia
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Cooling Temperatures and Defense Postures in East Asia

With cooling regional temperatures in East Asian affairs and politics, some wonder if the defense budgets in the region will also cool down correspondingly. The Trump-Kim summit in Singapore set the way for the possibility of lasting peace in East Asia.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Sep.06, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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US Embassy’s Relocation to Jerusalem: Beijing’s View

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Trump-Kim Summit: Singapore as Inspiration for the North Korean Economy?

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The South China Sea: Scrutinizing Some Common US Assertions

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Trump’s “Kill the Terrorists” Speech Shows Holes in US-Afghan Policy

Trump’s “Kill the Terrorists” Speech Shows Holes in US-Afghan Policy

Will Cooperation Redefine the New World Order?

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The Pakistan Puzzle: How Will Trump Deal with It?

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China’s Continuing Regional Efforts in 2018

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Lessons Drawn from TV Series Depicting the KMT and CPC Contest

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Netanyahu’s Visit to India: More than Just Defense and Trade

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US and Pakistan Mending Bilateral Ties

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Peace and Regional Connectivity Via Afghanistan

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Trump’s New Afghan Policy: Too Early for India to Celebrate

Trump’s New Afghan Policy: Too Early for India to Celebrate

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