Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia
By Andrea Chloe Wong - 14 Feb 2019

Philippine Realities in Duterte’s China Policy

Since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office, Philippine relations with China have experienced a remarkable renaissance. Duterte’s accommodating policy towards the Chinese government has however caused increasing anxiety among the Filipino public.
Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 08 Feb 2019

Is the Threat of China’s “Maritime Militia” Being Hyped?

Could Regional Diplomacy Stabilize Afghanistan?
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Anita Inder Singh - 31 Jan 2019

Could Regional Diplomacy Stabilize Afghanistan?

Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Is Kim Jong-un Seeking “Alternative Path” Ahead of 2nd Trump-Kim Summit?

Ahead of the second Trump-Kim summit, North Korea leader Kim Jong-un made a visit to Beijing between January 8-9, 2019. The North Koreans may be using this visit to pursue what Kim calls an “alternative path” in his New Year speech.
By Tai Wei Lim - 28 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks
Politics,Security,South Asia

US-Pakistan Relations in the Shadow of Ongoing Afghan Peace Talks

Pakistan’s influence on the Afghan Taliban is misunderstood by the US. While Pakistan retains a modicum of influence on the Taliban, it is not able to dictate terms to them. It can convince the Taliban to enter peace talks but what comes out of these talks is not in its hands.
By Abdul Basit - 22 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,China

A Coming Shift in US Security Policy in the South China Sea?

Bolton is an iconoclast and an extreme American nationalist. He believes that US sovereignty and freedom of action are wrongly constrained by international law, multilateral organizations and global treaties.
Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

Implications of the US Drawdown from Afghanistan

US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the pullout of 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan took both his allies and adversaries by surprise. It will change the calculus on the ground in Afghanistan with far-reaching consequences for regional peace and security.
By Abdul Basit - 16 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Afghanistan: Packing the Bags but Where to Go?

On my first trip to Afghanistan which I had, so far, researched from distance, both the urgency of negotiations and the deteriorating security situation were palpable. One’s stay in Kabul is enough for one to realize that peace and stability are still a far cry for this country.
Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

Why the EU is not a Major Security Player in Southeast Asia

The unparalleled mix of the EU’s wish to have a complementary relationship with China, the priority it gives to trade, as well as the divisions within the Union that interrupt its common foreign policy, explain why it contributes little to Southeast Asian security.
Is India Recalibrating its Afghan Policy?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Is India Recalibrating its Afghan Policy?

It would certainly seem so. After years, nay decades, of refusal to talk to the Taliban, India sent its representatives to Moscow on November 9, 2018 to finally sit at the same table as the representatives of the militant organization at the “Moscow format.”
The Islamic State of Khorasan Expands in Afghanistan
Politics,Security,South Asia

The Islamic State of Khorasan Expands in Afghanistan

Following the Islamic State’s battlefield and territorial losses in the Middle East, its franchise in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the Islamic State of Khorasan, has emerged as the group’s most brutal iteration.
By Abdul Basit - 03 Jan 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China

Implications of US “Incrementalism” in the South China Sea

The US is incrementally increasing its frequency and type of FONOP in the South China Sea, so as to reassure its allies of its resolve and to put the onus on China to take the risk of conflict. Employing this tactic has negative implications for its standing in the region.
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