The Long Walk to Dawn: Peace Processes and Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia
By Chayanika Saxena - 14 Dec 2018

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.
Understanding the Sino-US Trade War
Politics,Economy,China

By Yu Fu - 12 Dec 2018

Understanding the Sino-US Trade War

The Challenge of the Gilets Jaunes to the French Government
Politics,Economy,Society

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 11 Dec 2018

The Challenge of the Gilets Jaunes to the French Government

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?
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 - 06 Dec 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 - 01 Dec 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.
Imran Khan’s China Visit: A Much-needed Reality Check
Politics,China,South Asia

Imran Khan’s China Visit: A Much-needed Reality Check

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan went to China eyeing immediate financial assistance to negotiate a bailout package from the International Monitory Fund. The joint statement issued marking the end of Khan’s visit did not mention any assistance package.
By Abdul Basit - 29 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit
Politics,Hotspots

Decoding Netanyahu’s Oman Visit

The Omani media reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had visited the sultanate of Oman in the last week of October 2018, and met with its Sultan Qaboos Said al Said, something that Netanyahu’s office also confirmed.
Explaining the Results of Taiwan’s Mid-Term Election
Politics,East Asia

Explaining the Results of Taiwan’s Mid-Term Election

On November 24, 2018, Taiwan held its mid-term election or its “Nine-in-One Election.” By almost every measure, the KMT won big, and the DPP lost big. President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as chair of the DPP, signifying the failures of her administration.
Will Pakistan Stop Appeasing the Religious Right?
Politics,South Asia

Will Pakistan Stop Appeasing the Religious Right?

Following the Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Asia Bibi in the blasphemy case, Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan’s rabble rousing clerics provoked open mutiny within the military and issued calls to kill the three Supreme Court judges.
By Abdul Basit - 22 Nov 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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