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Obama in Vietnam, Modi in Iran: Geopolitical Consequences
May 26, 2016
Obama in Vietnam, Modi in Iran: Geopolitical Consequences
The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran discuss two recent bilateral summits of note in the Asia-Pacific.
Obama in Vietnam, Modi in Iran: Geopolitical Consequences
Taliban Announce New Leader After Mullah Mansour's Death
May 25, 2016
Taliban Announce New Leader After Mullah Mansour's Death
Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada will succeed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the Taliban's leader.
Taliban Announce New Leader After Mullah Mansour's Death
Revealed: How US Drones Found Taliban Chief Mullah Mansour
May 25, 2016
Revealed: How US Drones Found Taliban Chief Mullah Mansour
The strike against Mansour was the result of carefully cultivate human and signals intelligence in Balochistan.
Revealed: How US Drones Found Taliban Chief Mullah Mansour
North Korean Envoy: Donald Trump's Offer to Talk Is 'Useless,' 'Insincere'
May 24, 2016
North Korean Envoy: Donald Trump's Offer to Talk Is 'Useless,' 'Insincere'
The U.S. presidential candidate's offer to talk to North Korea is rebuked by an envoy for Pyongyang.
North Korean Envoy: Donald Trump's Offer to Talk Is 'Useless,' 'Insincere'
The US Drone Strike That Killed Mullah Mansour: How, Why, and What's Next
May 24, 2016
The US Drone Strike That Killed Mullah Mansour: How, Why, and What's Next
The Diplomat's Ankit Panda and Catherine Putz discuss the U.S. drone strike on Mullah Mansour.
The US Drone Strike That Killed Mullah Mansour: How, Why, and What's Next
Long Overdue: India's Modi Visits Iran, Signing Key Agreements, Setting Broad Agenda
May 24, 2016
Long Overdue: India's Modi Visits Iran, Signing Key Agreements, Setting Broad Agenda
Modi's visit marks the first bilateral prime ministerial visit since 2001.
Long Overdue: India's Modi Visits Iran, Signing Key Agreements, Setting Broad Agenda
4 Questions After the Drone Strike That Killed Mullah Mansour
May 23, 2016
4 Questions After the Drone Strike That Killed Mullah Mansour
With Mullah Mansour out of the picture, what's next for Afghanistan's long war against the Taliban?
4 Questions After the Drone Strike That Killed Mullah Mansour
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: May 22, 2016 Edition
May 23, 2016
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: May 22, 2016 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: May 22, 2016 Edition
Taliban Head Mullah Mansour Likely Killed in US Drone Strike
May 22, 2016
Taliban Head Mullah Mansour Likely Killed in US Drone Strike
Mullah Mansour, who became the Taliban's leader last year, has likely been killed in a drone strike.
Taliban Head Mullah Mansour Likely Killed in US Drone Strike
After Poor State Election Results, Decline Continues for Indian Congress Party
May 21, 2016
After Poor State Election Results, Decline Continues for Indian Congress Party
The party's political relevance continues to shrink across India.
After Poor State Election Results, Decline Continues for Indian Congress Party
Latest US-China 'Unsafe' Intercept Incident Shows Continued Disagreement on EEZ Surveillance
May 20, 2016
Latest US-China 'Unsafe' Intercept Incident Shows Continued Disagreement on EEZ Surveillance
The United States and China continue to disagree on when and where surveillance is appropriate.
Latest US-China 'Unsafe' Intercept Incident Shows Continued Disagreement on EEZ Surveillance
The Indian Ocean Won't Be a 'Nuclear Free Zone' Anytime Soon
May 20, 2016
The Indian Ocean Won't Be a 'Nuclear Free Zone' Anytime Soon
Undersea nuclear deterrence in the Indian Ocean is here to stay.
The Indian Ocean Won't Be a 'Nuclear Free Zone' Anytime Soon
South China Sea: 2 Chinese Fighters Conduct 'Unsafe' Intercept of US EP-3 Recon Aircraft
May 19, 2016
South China Sea: 2 Chinese Fighters Conduct 'Unsafe' Intercept of US EP-3 Recon Aircraft
The incident could have violated existing bilateral procedures between the United States and China.
South China Sea: 2 Chinese Fighters Conduct 'Unsafe' Intercept of US EP-3 Recon Aircraft
North Korea Has a New Foreign Minister
May 18, 2016
North Korea Has a New Foreign Minister
Ri Yong-ho will replace Ri Su-yong as the reclusive state's top global diplomat.
North Korea Has a New Foreign Minister
US, Japan, South Korea Plan Missile Defense Exercise on RIMPAC 2016 Sidelines
May 17, 2016
US, Japan, South Korea Plan Missile Defense Exercise on RIMPAC 2016 Sidelines
The exercise will involve Aegis-equipped warships from the three countries.
US, Japan, South Korea Plan Missile Defense Exercise on RIMPAC 2016 Sidelines
China: US Report 'Deliberately Distorted' China's Defense Policy
May 17, 2016
China: US Report 'Deliberately Distorted' China's Defense Policy
The Chinese government has rejected a recent U.S. report on its military.
China: US Report 'Deliberately Distorted' China's Defense Policy
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: May 15, 2016 Edition
May 15, 2016
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: May 15, 2016 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: May 15, 2016 Edition
What the Pentagon Thinks of China’s Military
May 15, 2016
What the Pentagon Thinks of China’s Military
The U.S. Department of Defense’s 2016 report on China’s military offers a detailed look into the PLA.
What the Pentagon Thinks of China’s Military
Zeenat Shahzadi's Story: A Young Reporter, 'Disappeared' in Pakistan
May 14, 2016
Zeenat Shahzadi's Story: A Young Reporter, 'Disappeared' in Pakistan
In a first, a female journalist in Pakistan has been "disappeared," allegedly by Pakistani intelligence.
Zeenat Shahzadi's Story: A Young Reporter, 'Disappeared' in Pakistan
Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines-China Relations, and the South China Sea
May 13, 2016
Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines-China Relations, and the South China Sea
Prashanth Parameswaran joins Ankit Panda to discuss the implications of Rodrigo Duterte's big win in the Philippines.
Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines-China Relations, and the South China Sea
How China Reacted to the Latest US South China Sea FONOP
May 12, 2016
How China Reacted to the Latest US South China Sea FONOP
China's reaction to the latest U.S. freedom of navigation operation was unsurprisingly sour.
How China Reacted to the Latest US South China Sea FONOP
South China Sea: US Navy Destroyer Asserts Freedom of Navigation Near Fiery Cross Reef
May 10, 2016
South China Sea: US Navy Destroyer Asserts Freedom of Navigation Near Fiery Cross Reef
The USS William P. Lawrence conducted an innocent passage near Fiery Cross Reef.
South China Sea: US Navy Destroyer Asserts Freedom of Navigation Near Fiery Cross Reef
China-led AIIB Looks Toward Co-Financing Projects, At Least Initially
May 10, 2016
China-led AIIB Looks Toward Co-Financing Projects, At Least Initially
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank's first projects suggest its looking to start off with a modest and measured approach.
China-led AIIB Looks Toward Co-Financing Projects, At Least Initially
Partial Panama Papers Database Now Available For Public Search and Download
May 10, 2016
Partial Panama Papers Database Now Available For Public Search and Download
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has made a partial Panama Papers database available.
Partial Panama Papers Database Now Available For Public Search and Download
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