How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan
Security,South Asia
By Abdul Basit - 17 Mar 2017

How to Respond to the Evolving Terrorist Threat in Pakistan

In February 2017, three terrorist groups, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, and the Islamic State of Khurasan carried out multiple attacks on Pakistan’s major cities. The spate of attacks indicated an urgent need to revisit existing counter-terrorism policies.
Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box
Politics,Security,South Asia

By Tridivesh Singh Maini - 15 Mar 2017

Dealing with Trump: India Needs to Think Outside the Box

Resurgence of Violence on the China-Myanmar Border
Security,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 14 Mar 2017

Resurgence of Violence on the China-Myanmar Border

Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?
Politics,Security,South Asia

Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?

In recent days, India’s attention has been on some of the changes introduced by the administration of US President Donald Trump. They include restrictions on H1-B visas, as well as the US’ attempt to get the UN to impose a ban on Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-E-Mohammed.
Time for Asia-Pacific Middle Powers to Do More for Regional Security?
Security,East Asia

Time for Asia-Pacific Middle Powers to Do More for Regional Security?

South Korea and Australia, being established middle powers and allies of the US, are facing the challenge of the changing nature of the cordial relationship with the Washington. Unlike the smaller players, they are in a position to take a more active role in shaping the regional order.
By Huong Le Thu - 21 Feb 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists
Society,Security,South Asia

South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists

In the last two years, since the advent of the Islamic State terrorist group, a new breed of educated jihadists from the urban middle and upper middle class has emerged in South Asia. This new breed has two nodes of presence: self-radicalised cells and lone-wolf individuals.
By Abdul Basit - 19 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects
Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: Parsing the Legal Aspects

US underwater drones can be categorized as Force Net, Sea Shield, Sea Strike and Sea Base. Force Net includes the missions of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance and oceanography. Some may even be weaponized. Thus, it is easy to be uncertain regarding the mission of particular UUVs.
The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing
Society,Security

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing

Since the International Security Assistance Force drawdown from Afghanistan in December 2014, America’s ad-hoc and confusing policies, the incompetence of the Afghan government, and the Taliban’s inflexibility to peace talks have complicated the stalemate of the Afghan conflict.
By Abdul Basit - 06 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye
Security,Hotspots,China

The US-China Underwater Drone Incident: More Than Meets the Eye

On 16 December, the US Department of Defense announced that it had issued a formal protest to China demanding the return of an underwater drone. After several days of verbal tit-for tat, China returned the drone. The US Navy is determining whether the seizure was a “low-level” action by the sailors or a top down message by senior Chinese leaders.
The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity
Security,Hotspots,China

The US Underwater Drone is not Entitled to Sovereign Immunity

The US asserted that the underwater drone seized by China enjoyed sovereign immunity. Its argument is legally flawed if one takes a closer look at the rules of sovereign immunity in the law of the sea and how the US navy applies the drone to its missions.
By Yan Yan - 27 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Rising Specter of a Security Dilemma in Asia
Politics,Security,East Asia

The Rising Specter of a Security Dilemma in Asia

Asia is ripe for rivalry after Donald J. Trump became US President-elect in November 2016, and the root of the ensuing conflict is the uncertainty of US commitment toward its Asian allies, which will lead to a security dilemma of two different directions.
The South China Sea Disputes: What’s Next?
Security,Hotspots,China

The South China Sea Disputes: What’s Next?

China should take advantage of the favorable situation in the South China Sea region to maintain stability. China should also keep improving the situation by strengthening its relations with the US, the other claimant countries, and the ASEAN countries.
By Shicun Wu - 01 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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