Wakanda and the Mirror of History

    By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim Feb. 23, 2018
    The Marvel Studios production Black Panther has opened internationally to great acclaim, largely in part to its presentation of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda as an Afrofuturist utopia, an “African country that was never colonized and is the most advanced nation in the world.”

    Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

    By Tai Wei Lim on Feb. 22, 2018

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    By Chayanika Saxena on Feb. 21, 2018

    The South China Sea: A Confused and Confusing Dialogue

    By Mark J. Valencia on Feb. 20, 2018
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Wakanda and the Mirror of History
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Wakanda and the Mirror of History

The Marvel Studios production Black Panther has opened internationally to great acclaim, largely in part to its presentation of the fictional kingdom of Wakanda as an Afrofuturist utopia, an “African country that was never colonized and is the most advanced nation in the world.”
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim   |  Feb.23, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Maritime Security in Southeast Asia
Economy,Security,Southeast Asia

Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

Facilitated by under-the-radar low-tech boats, collusion with local corrupt officials, and integration with legal trade and activities, piracy in Southeast Asia remains a challenging problem. Multinational agencies are cooperating to counteract.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Feb.22, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Hong Kong in China: Trends, Explanations and Policy Options

Through re-examining survey data on political identities in Hong Kong since 1997, we refute the widespread assumption that national and local identities are in a zero-sum relationship and argues for a measurement of identities different from the standard approach.
The New Concept of “Sharp Power” in International Politics: A Critique
Politics,China

The New Concept of “Sharp Power” in International Politics: A Critique

Christopher Walker and Jessica Ludwig penned an article entitled “The Meaning of Sharp Power: How Authoritarian States Project Influence.” In this piece the authors coin a new term, sharp power, for observers of global affairs.
By John F. Copper  |  Feb.15, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’
Politics,China

Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’

President Donald Trump’s administration and the US Congress have released major documents and passed key pieces of legislation over the course of time that signal the potential for a shift in the US’ “One China Policy.”
By Judith Norton   |  Feb.14, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Why Is Taiwanese Nationalism Declining?
Politics,East Asia

Why Is Taiwanese Nationalism Declining?

At the end of 2017 and the start of 2018, public opinion surveys in Taiwan showed a decline in Taiwanese nationalism. The percentage of people who identify as Taiwanese-only went down, while that of dual-identity (of both Taiwanese and Chinese) went up.
By Dongtao Qi  |  Feb.13, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road”
Economy,China

China’s Need to Build the “Polar Silk Road”

The Chinese agenda is to build the “Polar Silk Road” through developing the Arctic shipping routes. What makes it an essential need is the strategic significance of the Northern Sea Route, a potential key trading route between the eastern, western and northern hemispheres.
By Amrita Jash   |  Feb.12, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Sino-Japanese Ties and the Political Thaw in Northeast Asia
Politics,China,East Asia

Sino-Japanese Ties and the Political Thaw in Northeast Asia

On January 27-28, 2018, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono visited Beijing to improve bilateral relations between the two countries. The Chinese side reciprocated and publicly announced its intention to improve relations with Japan.
By Tai Wei Lim  |  Feb.09, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
US Cuts Security Aid to Pakistan: What Does It Mean?
Politics,Security,South Asia

US Cuts Security Aid to Pakistan: What Does It Mean?

The US decision to cut its security aid to Pakistan brings nothing new into US-Pakistan bilateral dynamics. The US had already done that previously when it cut the Coalition Support Funds amounting to USD 900 million for the financial years 2015 and 2016.
By Chithra Purushothaman   |  Feb.08, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...
Singapore: South Asia’s Bridge to ASEAN
Economy,South Asia,Southeast Asia

Singapore: South Asia’s Bridge to ASEAN

Singapore has played an important role in connecting South Asia with East Asia. It would be fair to say, that in addition to the economic reforms of 1991, and the efforts of successive governments, Singapore deserves credit for helping India strengthen ties with ASEAN.
By Tridivesh Singh Maini  |  Feb.07, 2018  |  0 comments Read more...

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Latin America And China's “New Normal”

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The Brussels and Lahore Bombings of March 2016 and Their Implications for China’s War on Terror

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The AIIB through the Lens of the ADB

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China and the United States: Two Outlooks of World Order and their Conflict

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Vietnam and the Philippines: Learning Together for Primary Care Payment Reform

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Taiwan’s South China Sea Claim: Entwined with Cross-Strait Relations

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Governance of the Mekong River: Is it Doomed?

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The East and South China Sea Incidents Are Not Accidents

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Xi Jinping Promotes One Belt and One Road in Central and Eastern Europe

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Regulatory Reforms in the Chinese Healthcare Sector

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