China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal
Politics,China
By Yongnian Zheng - 16 Oct 2017

China’s 19th Party Congress and Leadership Renewal

In the lead up to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, there have been many predictions about who’s in and who’s out of the Politburo Standing Committee, fueled by observers’ fascination about political struggles, cliques, successor regime, etc.
China’s 19th Party Congress and Implications for Hong Kong
Politics,China

By Tai Wei Lim - 13 Oct 2017

China’s 19th Party Congress and Implications for Hong Kong

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis Escalates with Call for Independence
Politics,Security

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 12 Oct 2017

Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis Escalates with Call for Independence

Kulsoom Nawaz Wins Pakistan By-Election: Who’s Next in the Leadership
Politics,South Asia

Kulsoom Nawaz Wins Pakistan By-Election: Who’s Next in the Leadership

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz won the NA-120 seat by-election, which was vacated after Sharif resigned from his Prime Minister position and Parliament in July 2017 after a Supreme Court ruling.
The “South Pacific Way”: A New Model of Global Governance?
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

The “South Pacific Way”: A New Model of Global Governance?

Australia and New Zealand may hold potential to offer an alternative pathway to realpolitik in international relations (like the current Sino-US geopolitical rivalry) — a model of global governance which valorizes democracy, but free from the intention to establish hegemony.
BRICS: A Coolant for China and India?
Politics,China,South Asia

BRICS: A Coolant for China and India?

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s bonhomie towards India at the 9th BRICS Summit ran contrary to his earlier hardline rhetoric during the two-month long Doklam stand-off. It can be rightly argued that BRICS acted as a coolant for Sino-Indian tension.
By Amrita Jash - 28 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election
Politics,East Asia

Factors behind Japanese PM’s Plan for Snap Election

Boosted by an upturn in his popularity ratings, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe may be aiming for an election in October 2017. Another factor is that the political opposition is in some form of reorganization following the resignation of the Democratic Party leader.
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order
Politics,East Asia

The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order

China, Japan, and India have plenty of geopolitical and economic space to grow and work together. All of them have strong ties or regular working relationships with the US, which is the only major power in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and the only global superpower.
By Tai Wei Lim - 20 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Modi’s Myanmar Visit: Did New Delhi Strike a Balancing Act?
Politics,South Asia,Southeast Asia

Modi’s Myanmar Visit: Did New Delhi Strike a Balancing Act?

All eyes were on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Myanmar from September 5-7, 2017. Firstly, it followed his visit to China, where he had gone to attend the BRICS Summit. Second, the visits to both China and Myanmar came soon after the end of the Doklam standoff.
Trump’s South Asia Policy May Lead to India’s Regional Isolation
Politics,South Asia

Trump’s South Asia Policy May Lead to India’s Regional Isolation

In Trump’s new South Asia policy, India has been asked to do more, while on the other hand, Pakistan has been rebuked for aiding and abetting terrorists by providing safe havens in its territory. Against this backdrop, it is anticipated that these will lead to India’s regional isolation.
By Bawa Singh - 14 Sep 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Duterte’s ASEAN Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia

Duterte’s ASEAN Policy

The possible rationales for Manila’s diplomatic course of action may be defined according to Duterte’s “independent foreign policy,” which remarkably, coincides with the Philippines’ 2017 ASEAN Chairmanship.
Trump’s New Afghan Policy: Too Early for India to Celebrate
Politics,South Asia

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

Seeking more “economic assistance” from India in Afghanistan, Trump did appear to signal who the “good guy” is in the South Asian region. However, India was effectively brought into an unsavory quid pro quo equation.
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