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November 13, 2009
Peshawar in Crosshairs
I got some on-the-ground insights yesterday from one of our contributors in Afghanistan and today I heard from our Pakistan correspondent, Mustafa Qadri, about the mood in Pakistan since the military there launched its offensive in Waziristan. Since
Peshawar in Crosshairs
November 12, 2009
What next?
A surprising–and unusual–intervention by the US ambassador to Afghanistan was leaked today, with him apparently warning against sending more US troops to the country over fears of corruption in the Afghan government. The revelation has come as US P
What next?
November 11, 2009
Thaksin's New Family
A somewhat bizarre (I don’t think that’s too strong a word here) and certainly provocative photo released by the Cambodian government today. Apparently it’s all happy families on the Cambodian side of the border. Thailand, meanwhile, issued an extrad
Thaksin's New Family
November 11, 2009
Welcome to Asia!
I think it’s also worth mentioning US President Barack Obama’s nine-day Asian trip, which starts tomorrow. Frankly, I think US officials need to be careful about overplaying the ‘Obama lived in Asia so he understands it’ card. Yes, he did–for about
Welcome to Asia!
November 10, 2009
Clash
The maritime security post proved very timely with news out this afternoon that a South Korean warship has exchanged fire with a North Korean naval vessel. Phil Deans, professor of international affairs at Tokyo’s Temple University and an expert on N
Clash
November 10, 2009
Asia Goes Blue
One of the most interesting security issues in Asia over the next decade is going to be maritime security. As our defence correspondent Toshi Yoshihara has written, US analysts seriously underestimated the development of China’s Navy over the past de
Asia Goes Blue
November 09, 2009
Thaksin on Economics?
Received an email today from the contributor I mentioned last week who is in Cambodia putting together a piece on recent (and he suggests growing) Thai-Cambodian tensions. Or at least that’s where the story is heading now, with Cambodian Prime Minist
Thaksin on Economics?
November 06, 2009
Shadow over Sino-India Ties
Looks like Indian officials are still trying to tamp down some of the more fiery media speculation over the ongoing border dispute with China. As I mentioned last week, the Dalai Lama’s visit to the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh is expected to st
Shadow over Sino-India Ties
November 06, 2009
Testy Thai Ties
An interesting spat developing between Thailand and Cambodia took another twist today with Thailand announcing it was recalling its ambassador from neighbouring Cambodia.The recall follows the announcement this week that former Thai Prime Minister Th
Testy Thai Ties
November 05, 2009
Japan, Meet the Net
Our Japan correspondent, Takehiko Kambayashi, tells me the country’s electoral rules are finally being dragged into the 21st (or at least 20th) century. Despite its tech-savvy image, a long-standing law has until now been interpreted to mean tha
Japan, Meet the Net
November 04, 2009
Fighting Space Talk
China’s somewhat schizophrenic diplomatic PR efforts took an interesting turn yesterday when a top military commander indicated for the first time publicly that the country planned to put weapons in space.The comments came as China prepares for a maj
Fighting Space Talk
November 02, 2009
More Afghan gloom
US President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy was further complicated over the weekend by the decision of Abdullah Abdullah–Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s challenger in the presidential run-off election–to withdraw from the contest.The decision
More Afghan gloom
October 30, 2009
Eyes on Ball, Not Navels
The news today that Malaysian authorities have seized more than 15,000 bibles in recent months again highlights some of the simmering religious tensions in the country, with many from minority faiths arguing the government is pandering to the Muslim
Eyes on Ball, Not Navels
October 30, 2009
The Monk in the Room
Recent chilly relations between China-India are set to be taken a degree or two cooler, our India correspondent Madhav Nalapat tells me.The problem is an impending visit by the Dalai Lama, who is set to spend much of November in India’s Arunachal Pra
The Monk in the Room
October 29, 2009
Civil War in Pakistan?
Understandable gloom all round today after a major bomb blast at a market in Peshawar in Pakistan yesterday. The blast, which came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Islamabad, claimed more than 100 lives, and has sparked renewed w
Civil War in Pakistan?
October 28, 2009
DPRK? We haven't a clue.
According to reports yesterday, a Korean farmer has just defected north of the border. Yes, that’s right-north. The BBC says the report by North Korea’s state news agency has yet to be confirmed by South Korean authorities, who are now looking into i
DPRK? We haven't a clue.
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