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Ankit Panda is an editor at The Diplomat. He writes on security, politics, economics, and culture.

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The 'Final and Irreversible' 2015 Japan-South Korea Comfort Women Deal Unravels
January 09, 2017
The 'Final and Irreversible' 2015 Japan-South Korea Comfort Women Deal Unravels
Despite a 2015 deal, the "comfort women" dispute between Japan and South Korea continues to have salience for bilateral ties.
The 'Final and Irreversible' 2015 Japan-South Korea Comfort Women Deal Unravels
Pakistan's Ex-Army Chief to Head Saudi-Led Islamic Military Alliance
January 09, 2017
Pakistan's Ex-Army Chief to Head Saudi-Led Islamic Military Alliance
Less than two months after his retirement, Raheel Sharif is poised to lead a global coalition against terror.
Pakistan's Ex-Army Chief to Head Saudi-Led Islamic Military Alliance
A Slip of the Tongue on India's Once-Hyped 'Cold Start' Doctrine?
January 07, 2017
A Slip of the Tongue on India's Once-Hyped 'Cold Start' Doctrine?
Is this India finally acknowledging Cold Start as sanctioned and ready for use, or something else altogether?
A Slip of the Tongue on India's Once-Hyped 'Cold Start' Doctrine?
8 Years Later: Understanding the Obama Administration's Asia-Pacific Legacy
January 06, 2017
8 Years Later: Understanding the Obama Administration's Asia-Pacific Legacy
How did the United States' foreign policy efforts in the Asia-Pacific pan out under the Obama administration?
8 Years Later: Understanding the Obama Administration's Asia-Pacific Legacy
Facing North Korean Threat, Japan Plans Ballistic Missile Evacuation Drills
January 06, 2017
Facing North Korean Threat, Japan Plans Ballistic Missile Evacuation Drills
In a first, Japan will use its nationwide J-Alert system to coordinate evacuation drills for a ballistic missile attack.
Facing North Korean Threat, Japan Plans Ballistic Missile Evacuation Drills
How Russia May Approach the Taliban and Afghanistan in 2017
January 04, 2017
How Russia May Approach the Taliban and Afghanistan in 2017
A revealing interview with Putin's top envoy in Afghanistan suggests continued rapprochement with the Taliban.
How Russia May Approach the Taliban and Afghanistan in 2017
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: January 1, 2017 Edition
January 03, 2017
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 1, 2017 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 1, 2017 Edition
India, Sri Lanka Revisit Palk Strait Fishing Dispute in Ministerial Talks
January 03, 2017
India, Sri Lanka Revisit Palk Strait Fishing Dispute in Ministerial Talks
India agreed to crack down on bottom trawling, an environmentally destructive and unsustainable fishing practice.
India, Sri Lanka Revisit Palk Strait Fishing Dispute in Ministerial Talks
2017: Year of the North Korean Intercontinental Ballistic Missile?
January 03, 2017
2017: Year of the North Korean Intercontinental Ballistic Missile?
Kim Jong-un lays out an offer for Donald Trump in his new year's address.
2017: Year of the North Korean Intercontinental Ballistic Missile?
Chinese Military Recruitment Video Features East China Sea Air Encounter With Japan
January 03, 2017
Chinese Military Recruitment Video Features East China Sea Air Encounter With Japan
"This is China Naval Aviation Force on guard. Attention! You are about to violate Chinese air territory."
Chinese Military Recruitment Video Features East China Sea Air Encounter With Japan
12 Asian Geopolitical Trends and Events From 2016 That'll Matter in 2017
December 31, 2016
12 Asian Geopolitical Trends and Events From 2016 That'll Matter in 2017
Here's wishing the Asia-Pacific a happy and prosperous new year. Watch these issues in the coming year.
12 Asian Geopolitical Trends and Events From 2016 That'll Matter in 2017
China, Nepal Plan First-Ever Military Drill
December 30, 2016
China, Nepal Plan First-Ever Military Drill
Few details have been released so far regarding the size, scope, and location of the exercise.
China, Nepal Plan First-Ever Military Drill
Bush Gave China Permanent Normal Trade Relations Status With the US 15 Years Ago. What Did That Change?
December 28, 2016
Bush Gave China Permanent Normal Trade Relations Status With the US 15 Years Ago. What Did That Change?
Was the decision to grant PNTR to China a catastrophe or a driver of mutual prosperity?
Bush Gave China Permanent Normal Trade Relations Status With the US 15 Years Ago. What Did That Change?
Senior Military Exchanges Between the US and Taiwan: Coming in 2017?
December 27, 2016
Senior Military Exchanges Between the US and Taiwan: Coming in 2017?
The United States' defense spending authorization law emphasizes senior military exchanges with Taiwan.
Senior Military Exchanges Between the US and Taiwan: Coming in 2017?
India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
December 27, 2016
India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
On Monday, India tested its Agni-V missile for the fourth time.
India Successfully Tests Nuclear-Capable Intercontinental Ballistic Missile
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: December 25, 2016 Edition
December 27, 2016
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: December 25, 2016 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: December 25, 2016 Edition
Power Plays Across the First Island Chain: China's Lone Carrier Group Has a Busy December
December 27, 2016
Power Plays Across the First Island Chain: China's Lone Carrier Group Has a Busy December
For the first time, China's lone carrier entered the Western Pacific. What does the Chinese Navy have in mind?
Power Plays Across the First Island Chain: China's Lone Carrier Group Has a Busy December
5 Takeaways on China's Theft of a US Drone in Philippine Waters in the South China Sea
December 17, 2016
5 Takeaways on China's Theft of a US Drone in Philippine Waters in the South China Sea
The seizure of a U.S. underwater glider is an exceptionally brazen and illegal move by Beijing in the South China Sea.
5 Takeaways on China's Theft of a US Drone in Philippine Waters in the South China Sea
Chinese Navy Holds Bohai Sea Exercise, Including Its Aircraft Carrier
December 16, 2016
Chinese Navy Holds Bohai Sea Exercise, Including Its Aircraft Carrier
The Bohai Sea drill featured J-15s carrying out strike exercises.
Chinese Navy Holds Bohai Sea Exercise, Including Its Aircraft Carrier
Obama's Asia-Pacific Legacy: Assessing Policy Toward Maritime Challenges and the North Korea Threat
December 16, 2016
Obama's Asia-Pacific Legacy: Assessing Policy Toward Maritime Challenges and the North Korea Threat
We evaluate the Obama administration's policy performance on some of Asia's most pressing regional flashpoints.
Obama's Asia-Pacific Legacy: Assessing Policy Toward Maritime Challenges and the North Korea Threat
It's Official: Xi Jinping Breaks His Non-Militarization Pledge in the Spratlys
December 16, 2016
It's Official: Xi Jinping Breaks His Non-Militarization Pledge in the Spratlys
In China's own words, Beijing is now building what it sees as "necessary military facilities" in the South China Sea.
It's Official: Xi Jinping Breaks His Non-Militarization Pledge in the Spratlys
US Pacific Commander: China Can't Shut off South China Sea
December 14, 2016
US Pacific Commander: China Can't Shut off South China Sea
Admiral Harry Harris of U.S. Pacific Command outlined regional priorities for the United States.
US Pacific Commander: China Can't Shut off South China Sea
Pakistan Gets a New Intelligence Chief
December 13, 2016
Pakistan Gets a New Intelligence Chief
Lt. Gen. Naveed Mukhtar will replace Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar at the head of Inter-Services Intelligence.
Pakistan Gets a New Intelligence Chief
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: December 11, 2016 Edition
December 12, 2016
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: December 11, 2016 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: December 11, 2016 Edition
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