Discourse is Power: How HK Leaders Could Win Back Public Trust
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia
By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 16 Aug 2019

Discourse is Power: How HK Leaders Could Win Back Public Trust

The ability to mobilize several thousand misinformed youths to paralyze airport operations showed the mastery of the radicals to use modern media platforms to spread false or fake news to rally the crowd.
Hong Kong’s Time of Reckoning is Close
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 07 Aug 2019

Hong Kong’s Time of Reckoning is Close

Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult
Politics,Security,Hotspots

By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Jul 2019

Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult

Philippines Justice Carpio’s Carping is Becoming Quixotic
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Philippines Justice Carpio’s Carping is Becoming Quixotic

Philippines Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio has responded to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to him to suggest practical approaches to enforce the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration victory against China.
Communication Is More Than Listening: Lessons from the HK Extradition Fiasco
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Communication Is More Than Listening: Lessons from the HK Extradition Fiasco

A proposed extradition law that is supposed to address the legal loopholes allowing fugitives to hide in Hong Kong boomeranged and triggered the worst political crisis in the city since the 1997 handover.
The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around

On June 9, 2019, there was a collision between two fishing boats in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone, one a China-flagged vessel and one a Philippines-flagged fishing boat. The incident elicited wild accusations and demands for precipitous retaliatory action.
The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation
Politics,Security,Hotspots

The Hormuz Strait Initiative: Legal Obstacles to Participation

The US is proposing a “coalition of the willing” to protect “freedom of navigation” in the Strait of Hormuz. This cooperative protection might take the form of maritime and air surveillance, a “picket line of ships” or military escorts for tankers.
Xi Jinping’s Visit to North Korea: China is a Useful Leverage?
Security,Hotspots,East Asia

Xi Jinping’s Visit to North Korea: China is a Useful Leverage?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to North Korea in June 2019 grabbed the world’s attention. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rolled out a grand welcome for the leader of his country’s closest ally.
By Tai Wei Lim - 04 Jul 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Accountability of Hong Kong Leaders Is at Stake
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Accountability of Hong Kong Leaders Is at Stake

The Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam stressed that the proposed amendment to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance stemmed primarily from a murder, and was not a mandate from the central government.
By Alfred M. Wu - 02 Jul 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?
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Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?

Economic coercion is a major instrument of Trump’s policy towards Iran. Economic force explains why Trump imposed new unilateral sanctions against Iran to stem the alleged militarization of its nuclear program.
Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Why the Middle East Does Not Want a War

Between all the warnings and threats, none of America’s Middle East allies would want a war, even as they would like to see Iran weakened. Trump also wants to avoid war, embarking on the path of even harsher sanctions and building up a coalition to guard the Strait of Hormuz.
A New Social Movement Against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

A New Social Movement Against Hong Kong’s Extradition Bill

Although there were regular mass demonstrations, the Occupy Central campaign, and later on the Umbrella Movement, many people did not expect that around two million Hong Kong people would take to the streets to protest the controversial extradition bill.
By Hak Yin Li - 21 Jun 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
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