Indonesian Election: Jokowi Victory, but Risk of Civil Unrest Looms
Politics,Southeast Asia
By Ross Darrell Feingold - 27 May 2019

Indonesian Election: Jokowi Victory, but Risk of Civil Unrest Looms

Indonesia’s presidential election result announcement on May 21, 2019 marks the end of a relatively peaceful campaign season but the beginning of a post-election period with the risk of unrest.
Can Huawei Survive the Storm?
Politics,Economy,China

By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 25 May 2019

Can Huawei Survive the Storm?

The Belt and Road Diplomacy: China’s Geo-intellect on the Rise?
Politics,Economy,China

By Romi Jain - 24 May 2019

The Belt and Road Diplomacy: China’s Geo-intellect on the Rise?

Japan-Canada Ties and Abe’s Recent Visit
Politics,Economy,East Asia

Japan-Canada Ties and Abe’s Recent Visit

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Canada in April 2019. His meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was important from a strategic and economic dimension.
The US Space Force: Not Quite Ready for Liftoff
Politics,Society

The US Space Force: Not Quite Ready for Liftoff

China is developing weapons that could take out US space systems in a conflict. In response to this threat, the Trump Administration has proposed a US Space Force to protect US interests in space. The USSF received a mixed reception and faces a long road to its creation.
Western Pressure and Cambodian Politics
Politics,Southeast Asia

Western Pressure and Cambodian Politics

In response to the dissolution of the main opposition and the perceived deterioration of human rights and democracy in Cambodia, the United States and European Union have taken measures in an attempt to reverse Cambodia’s democratic backsliding.
Why Asian Countries Turn to BRI For Infrastructure Investment
Politics,Economy,China

Why Asian Countries Turn to BRI For Infrastructure Investment

At the second Belt and Road Forum, Chinese President Xi Jinping attempted to allay growing complaints that the BRI was a predatory debt trap and said that China would promote high financial and environmental standards to steer its projects.
Is the Taiwan Strait in International Waters?
Politics,China,East Asia

Is the Taiwan Strait in International Waters?

Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen said the Taiwan Strait is in international waters. The international regimes (IR) theory is used by the author to analyze the statement.
Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Will Han or Guo Win the KMT Nomination?
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan’s 2020 Elections: Will Han or Guo Win the KMT Nomination?

In the Kuomintang, the most popular candidate Han Kuo-yu, the newly-elected Mayor of Kaohsiung, and the richest man in Taiwan and chairman of Foxconn, Terry Guo are set to fight for the party’s nomination for the 2020 presidential election.
By Xiaolin Duan - 15 May 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
Jacinda Ardern: Promoting Positive Politics in a Cynical World
Politics,Society

Jacinda Ardern: Promoting Positive Politics in a Cynical World

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s 2017 campaign strategy of “relentless positivity” was criticized as “naive at best, if not deluded.” All these misgivings were laid to rest when Ardern had to confront the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019.
Islamic State: From Territorial to Spiritual Caliphate
Politics,Security,South Asia

Islamic State: From Territorial to Spiritual Caliphate

Following recent battlefield losses, IS has compressed its various wilayats (provinces) in Iraq and Syria into two and moved away from the proto-state model of the Caliphate. In other words, IS has pivoted from a territorial to a spiritual Caliphate.
By Abdul Basit - 13 May 2019 | 0 comments Read more...
In Dealing with North Korea, America Must Keep One Eye on Taiwan
Politics,East Asia

In Dealing with North Korea, America Must Keep One Eye on Taiwan

A distinctive Chinese way of thinking about the Korean peninsula and the Taiwan Strait is that they are comprehensively and integrally interconnected, and that China will take advantage of events on the Korean peninsula to seek to resolve the Taiwan “problem”.
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