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Modi's Quest to Achieve India's Great Power Status

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

Indian Prime Minister Modi invited French President Hollande to be the guest of honor at India's Republic Day Celebrations in New Delhi last month. The seat is generally reserved for, and used by the office of the Prime Minister as, a signal of close and important state ties.

Post Obama Foreign Policy: Picking Up the Pieces

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 01.31.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

ISIS militant in Mosul In less than a year a new president will occupy the Oval Office. That president will inherit a far more dangerous, more chaot...

Borneo: Conversations About Ecotourism and Headhunting in Sabah

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 01.13.2016 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

My grandfather, William Wilson Porter, visited Borneo before I was born. He sent my brothers a shrunken head. My father took it to the hospital to det...

The South China Sea Controversy: Solved - the author responds

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Mahlon Meyer

Thanks to the firestorm of comments provoked by my recent article, "The South China Sea Controversy: solved," I am toying with the idea of submitting ...

Why North Korea's Nuclear Test Is Not All Bad News for China

Euan Graham | Posted 01.07.2016 | World
Euan Graham

North Korea is the one regional security issue where Washington consistently courts greater Chinese assertiveness.

2015: A Year of China-US Competition and Cooperation

East-West Center | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
East-West Center

As in every year, 2015 in Asia was marked by natural and man-made tragedies, such as the devastating Nepal earthquake and the persecution of minorities like Myanmar's Rohingyas.

Tensions Surge As China Lands Plane On Disputed Artificial Island

Reuters | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.05.2016 | World

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The South China Sea Controversy: Solved

Mahlon Meyer | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Mahlon Meyer

There's been a lot of controversy about the South China Sea recently with all the artificial islands that everyone and his brother are building there....

The End of China's 'Peaceful Rise'?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 12.30.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

The 'peaceful rise' narrative is severely under question when one looks at China's behavior in the geopolitical realm, particularly with respect to its weaker neighbors.

U.S. Policy Shifts From Détente to Deterrence in the South China Sea

Andrew Lam | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Andrew Lam

China's expansionist designs on the region's strategic shipping lanes and untapped natural resources are turning it into the next global hotspot.

Beauty Queens and Geopolitics: Debating American Bases in the Philippines

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 12.25.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Ultimately, the challenge for the Philippines is to properly balance its national security interests with questions of justice and the welfare of its citizens. Beyond the principle of whether American military presence should be welcomed, it is also a question of how to ensure that it will not adversely impact the Philippines' sovereignty and national interests.

U.S. Commander: Arms Race In South China Sea Could Engulf The Region

Reuters | Nico Pitney | Posted 12.14.2015 | World

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Japan's Right to Renounce War

Kathy Kelly | Posted 11.22.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

On the Japanese island of Okinawa, a majority of residents aim to uphold the Japanese constitution as they vigorously protest construction of a new U.S. military base.

Philippines' APEC Fever: Is it Worth it?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

In the coming days, the Philippines will be in the global spotlight. It will play host to one of the world's most important gatherings, the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting -- a prestigious hobnob comparable with the G20 and G7 summits.

Under the Same Roof: China's View of Global Order

Fu Ying | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Fu Ying

BEIJING -- Debates are going on the two sides of the Pacific, in China and in the U.S., about the future world order. On the part of the U.S. the core issue is how to maintain its world dominance. Out of its natural fear of the traditional model of power transition, the U.S. is deeply concerned whether it can remain strong and whether the newly rising powers will compete for world dominance with the U.S.. So some suggest that the U.S. may need a new grand strategy.

The Collision Course in the South China Sea

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

When I was learning to fly, one of the lessons was that if you see an object on the horizon that is seemingly stationary but getting larger, watch out. It is probably an aircraft closing with you. Trouble with China in the South China Sea is on the horizon of U.S strategic concerns and getting larger. A major confrontation may be at hand.

China, Vietnam Agree To Maintain Peace In South China Sea

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 11.06.2015 | World

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China Should Be Concerned About the Hague Tribunal

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

On October 29th, in a unanimous decision, the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague issued its first, preliminary ruling concerning whether the Tribunal has 'jurisdiction' over the issues raised by the Philippines against China's so called 'nine-dash line' in the South China Sea.

U.S. Navy To Patrol South China Sea About Twice Every Quarter

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.02.2015 | World

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Finally, Standing Up to Pacific Bullying

Robert J. Natter | Posted 11.02.2015 | World
Robert J. Natter

In a case of better late than never, the Obama Administration on October 27 dispatched the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen to breach China's newly-claimed 12-mile zone around one of its just-completed artificial islands in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea.

Philippines vs. China: International Law or Rule of the Jungle?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Earlier this month, many Filipinos, who are sick and tired of chronic corruption, were annoyed by the United Nations' (UN) decision to slam the Filipino government's detention of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, one of Philippines' most unpopular politicians in history.

Obama Gets It Right in the South China Sea

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

President Barack Obama sent the Navy in harm's way this week and it turned out fine. Having gotten what it's going to get, at least for now, from China, the Obama administration at last challenged China's absurd claim of sovereignty over far distant artificial islands it's built in the South China Sea.

The Hague To Hear South China Sea Dispute

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.29.2015 | World

AMSTERDAM, Oct 29 (Reuters) - An arbitration court in the Netherlands ruled on Thursday that it has jurisdiction to hear some territorial claims the ...

War in Asia Unthinkable

Joergen Oerstroem Moeller | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Joergen Oerstroem Moeller

The by far most likely scenario for U.S.-China relationship over the next decades is continued negotiations to adjust and adapt to a new power balance.

The Dangerous "Assertions" Of The Freedom Of Navigation

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Amitai Etzioni

If the United States seeks to shore up its credibility, it would be better to show that it is able to "degrade and destroy ISIS," as it committed itself to doing more than a year ago, rather than escalating and militarizing the conflict with China.