Understanding Australia-US Relations and the Rise of China
Politics,Security,China,South Asia
By Richard Cullen - 19 Nov 2019

Understanding Australia-US Relations and the Rise of China

The Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, met with President Trump in Washington in September, 2019. At that meeting, Mr Trump initially signalled the possibility of a military strike against Iran, as the pair discussed the special relationship between the two nations.
The Soft Power Costs of China’s Recent Behavior in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Aug 2019

The Soft Power Costs of China’s Recent Behavior in the South China Sea

Are China and Russia Challenging US Primacy in Asia?
Politics,Security,East Asia

By Anita Inder Singh - 22 Aug 2019

Are China and Russia Challenging US Primacy in Asia?

US-Cambodia Ties at New Low After Chinese Naval Outpost Report
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

US-Cambodia Ties at New Low After Chinese Naval Outpost Report

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed US officials, reported that Cambodia had signed a secret pact with China to allow the latter exclusive rights to part of the Kingdom’s Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand.
Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Protecting Shipping in the Hormuz Strait Will Be Politically Difficult

The US is proposing Operation Sentinel to promote maritime stability, ensure safe passage, and de-escalate tensions in international waters throughout the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Oman.
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.
What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?

Being caught at the crossroad of great powers’ competition for sphere of influences, ASEAN has become a center of geo-political and geo-economic gravity of battleground. What is ASEAN’s outlook in the rising volatility and dynamism of the Indo-Pacific region?
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.
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Could the US-Iran Crisis Lead to War?
Politics,Security,Hotspots

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.
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