The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea

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The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea
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The 2018 US Human Rights Reports and North Korea

On March 13, 2019, the US Department of State released the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. Twenty-nine pages are dedicated to reporting on human rights violations in North Korea.
By Rachael M. Rudolph   |  Mar.25, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...
Saudi Arabia Looks East with Crown Prince’s Visits
Politics,Economy,China

Saudi Arabia Looks East with Crown Prince’s Visits

In February 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman traveled to three Asian capitals: Islamabad, New Delhi, and Beijing. In each of the three capitals that he visited, the Crown Prince signed deals worth billions of dollars.
By Aditi Bhaduri  |  Mar.22, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...

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Korean Peninsula Peace: What Is the Roadmap Ahead?
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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...
The Afghan Endgame in the Eyes of the US
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The Afghan Endgame in the Eyes of the US

Afghanistan enters into its 18th year of conflict since America responded to the September 11 attacks in 2001. The US is planning to exit from Afghanistan by 2024.
By Pervaiz Ali Mahesar  |  Mar.18, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...
Xenophobia in Cambodia: Is It an Issue?
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

Xenophobia in Cambodia: Is It an Issue?

Xenophobia in Cambodia is a serious issue which should not be ignored or taken lightly. One example was a violent riot against Thai embassy and Thai businesses in Phnom Penh in 2003. This incident was obviously motivated by anti-Thai sentiments among Cambodians.
By Kimkong Heng and Veasna Var   |  Mar.14, 2019  |  0 comments Read more...
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?
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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
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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...

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