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Can Afghanistan Help Itself?
March 25, 2010
Can Afghanistan Help Itself?
NATO wants Afghan forces to be able to take more responsibility. David Axe reports that there’s reason for worry, and for hope.
Can Afghanistan Help Itself?
Return of the Warlords
March 16, 2010
Return of the Warlords
As villages in Afghanistan turn to private militias for security, Sanjay Kumar asks if such outfits mark a return to warlordism.
Return of the Warlords
March 12, 2010
'Jihadists Take Nuclear Step'
Recent terrorist trends show some worrying signs, says Rajeev Sharma. Are they infiltrating Pakistan’s last line of defence?
'Jihadists Take Nuclear Step'
China’s Arctic Play
March 09, 2010
China’s Arctic Play
An admiral stakes a territorial claim—and it looks like there’s more to come.
China’s Arctic Play
March 05, 2010
US Eyeing Asian Arms Race?
Sparking one might be the best chance the US has of maintaining its traditional air combat superiority, says David Axe.
US Eyeing Asian Arms Race?
US Forces OK in ROK-for Now
March 02, 2010
US Forces OK in ROK-for Now
A US handover of wartime control of forces to its South Korean hosts has locals torn between sovereignty and security guarantees.
US Forces OK in ROK-for Now
‘Iran has Afghan Peace Role’
February 26, 2010
‘Iran has Afghan Peace Role’
The London conference on Afghanistan’s future was wishful thinking. For real stability, look to China, India, Russia–and Iran.
‘Iran has Afghan Peace Role’
February 25, 2010
Climate Change = War?
Missed in the debate over climate change has been the strategic implications, says Rajeev Sharma. In Asia they could be catastrophic.
Climate Change = War?
How to Weaken Kim’s Grip
February 24, 2010
How to Weaken Kim’s Grip
Signs of a decaying North Korean regime are a reminder of allied failures, says Christian Whiton. Time to weaken it from within.
How to Weaken Kim’s Grip
Last Shot in Afghanistan
February 19, 2010
Last Shot in Afghanistan
The Diplomat speaks with Fabrice Pothier, director of Carnegie Europe, about the security situation in Afghanistan, talking with the Taliban and the prospects for stability once US-led forces withdraw.
Last Shot in Afghanistan
Japan-US ties in Question
February 17, 2010
Japan-US ties in Question
Described by many as the worst crisis in decades in Japan-US relations, the controversy surrounding the relocation of the US Futenma air base in Okinawa has left Japan’s Prime Minister with the choice of defying its most important ally or breaking a key election pledge. But as David McNeill reports, whatever the outcome, the debate has reinforced Okinawans’ disillusionment with power politics and government promises.
Japan-US ties in Question
Talking with the Taliban
February 15, 2010
Talking with the Taliban
As US-led forces engage in a major offensive in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, commentators in Pakistan are still taking stock of the London conference and what it could mean for the role their country plays in their neighbour’s stability. Mustafa Qadri reports that many believe the road to such stability and security will inevitably run through Pakistan–and to the Taliban.
Talking with the Taliban
China’s Navy--Good for us all?
February 12, 2010
China’s Navy--Good for us all?
Don’t reflexively fear China’s growing naval prowess–there’s plenty of good it could end up doing, David Axe says.
China’s Navy--Good for us all?
The ‘Good’ Taliban Myth
February 05, 2010
The ‘Good’ Taliban Myth
If the London Conference on Afghanistan held last week demonstrated anything, it is that it’s only a matter of time until India loses whatever strategic leverage it previously enjoyed compared with Pakistan in the country.
The ‘Good’ Taliban Myth
China's Alarming, Puzzling, Missile Test
January 29, 2010
China's Alarming, Puzzling, Missile Test
On January 11, a large missile streaked upward from a test site in China. The missile rocketed beyond the atmosphere and struck another similar missile launched from a separate site. Later that day, the official Xinhua news agency announced a ‘test on ground-based midcourse missile interception technology.’
China's Alarming, Puzzling, Missile Test
January 22, 2010
India and Pakistan are Nuclear States-Time to Accept it
India and Pakistan should be officially recognized as nuclear states, argues South Asia analyst Luv Puri, who says doing so will ease tensions and reduce the risk of nuclear material falling into terrorist hands.
India and Pakistan are Nuclear States-Time to Accept it
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