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

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India Gains Access to Oman's Duqm Port, Putting the Indian Ocean Geopolitical Contest in the Spotlight
February 14, 2018
India Gains Access to Oman's Duqm Port, Putting the Indian Ocean Geopolitical Contest in the Spotlight
Duqm adds an important node to a growing network of facilities in the Indian Ocean held by actors with interests in preserving the status quo.
India Gains Access to Oman's Duqm Port, Putting the Indian Ocean Geopolitical Contest in the Spotlight
US Missile Defense Agency Makes $9.9 Billion Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request, Citing North Korea and Iran
February 13, 2018
US Missile Defense Agency Makes $9.9 Billion Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request, Citing North Korea and Iran
This is the largest nominal budget request from the Missile Defense Agency ever.
US Missile Defense Agency Makes $9.9 Billion Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request, Citing North Korea and Iran
China's Fifth-Generation Stealth Fighter Is in Combat Service—But With Improved Fourth-Generation Engines
February 13, 2018
China's Fifth-Generation Stealth Fighter Is in Combat Service—But With Improved Fourth-Generation Engines
The J-20 fighter is using an improved variant of the WS-10 engine in use on China's fourth-generation J-10 and J-11 fighters.
China's Fifth-Generation Stealth Fighter Is in Combat Service—But With Improved Fourth-Generation Engines
The US is Considering Deploying Another Marine Expeditionary Unit to Asia
February 12, 2018
The US is Considering Deploying Another Marine Expeditionary Unit to Asia
The move would help boost U.S. force readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.
The US is Considering Deploying Another Marine Expeditionary Unit to Asia
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: February 11, 2017 Edition
February 12, 2018
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: February 11, 2017 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: February 11, 2017 Edition
Trump's Nuclear Posture Review and China: No Way Forward?
February 12, 2018
Trump's Nuclear Posture Review and China: No Way Forward?
The Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review takes an odd approach to China.
Trump's Nuclear Posture Review and China: No Way Forward?
Analyzing North Korea's 2018 Military Parade: The Missiles and the Launchers
February 10, 2018
Analyzing North Korea's 2018 Military Parade: The Missiles and the Launchers
What can we learn from what North Korea showed and didn't show at its 2018 military parade?
Analyzing North Korea's 2018 Military Parade: The Missiles and the Launchers
North Korea's Pre-Olympics Military Parade
February 09, 2018
North Korea's Pre-Olympics Military Parade
The parade mostly featured familiar missiles, but offered important insight into Kim Jong-un's ambition.
North Korea's Pre-Olympics Military Parade
The Trump Administration Says It's In for Great Power Competition With China. What Does That Mean?
February 07, 2018
The Trump Administration Says It's In for Great Power Competition With China. What Does That Mean?
The Trump administration can't make up its mind on China.
The Trump Administration Says It's In for Great Power Competition With China. What Does That Mean?
Who's Afraid of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific?
February 07, 2018
Who's Afraid of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific?
The concert of the Indo-Pacific can consult on a range of issues, but what will their next concrete steps be?
Who's Afraid of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific?
New Photographs Show China's South China Sea Artificial Islands Like You've Never Seen Them
February 07, 2018
New Photographs Show China's South China Sea Artificial Islands Like You've Never Seen Them
A look at China's militarization of its artificial islands in high resolution.
New Photographs Show China's South China Sea Artificial Islands Like You've Never Seen Them
A Political Crisis Deepens in the Maldives: The Geopolitical Stakes for India and Its Options
February 06, 2018
A Political Crisis Deepens in the Maldives: The Geopolitical Stakes for India and Its Options
Indian policymakers will weigh the pros and cons of various measures in the coming days. Will New Delhi intervene?
A Political Crisis Deepens in the Maldives: The Geopolitical Stakes for India and Its Options
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: February 4, 2017 Edition
February 04, 2018
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: February 4, 2017 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: February 4, 2017 Edition
What to Watch For at North Korea's Upcoming Military Parade
February 04, 2018
What to Watch For at North Korea's Upcoming Military Parade
Count the number of ICBM launch vehicles.
What to Watch For at North Korea's Upcoming Military Parade
Is the Chinese Navy Further Along With a Rail Gun Than Previously Thought?
February 04, 2018
Is the Chinese Navy Further Along With a Rail Gun Than Previously Thought?
Leaked images show what appears to be a ship-mounted rail gun on a Chinese Navy vessel.
Is the Chinese Navy Further Along With a Rail Gun Than Previously Thought?
Philippine Navy Deploys Japan-Donated TC-90 Aircraft to Scarborough Shoal in South China Sea
February 02, 2018
Philippine Navy Deploys Japan-Donated TC-90 Aircraft to Scarborough Shoal in South China Sea
The deployment was a first for the Philippine Navy.
Philippine Navy Deploys Japan-Donated TC-90 Aircraft to Scarborough Shoal in South China Sea
Abe Will Go to PyeongChang, Despite Japan-South Korea Tensions
January 25, 2018
Abe Will Go to PyeongChang, Despite Japan-South Korea Tensions
Abe will make a statement on the "comfort women" issue while in South Korea.
Abe Will Go to PyeongChang, Despite Japan-South Korea Tensions
In 2017, US Freedom of Navigation Operations Targeted 10 Asian Countries — Not Just China
January 25, 2018
In 2017, US Freedom of Navigation Operations Targeted 10 Asian Countries — Not Just China
U.S. freedom of navigation operations aren't just about China and the South China Sea.
In 2017, US Freedom of Navigation Operations Targeted 10 Asian Countries — Not Just China
INS <em>Arihant</em> and the Agni V: A Look at Recent Developments in India's Nuclear Forces
January 24, 2018
INS Arihant and the Agni V: A Look at Recent Developments in India's Nuclear Forces
What on earth happened to INS Arihant and what does the fifth test of the Agni V mean?
INS Arihant and the Agni V: A Look at Recent Developments in India's Nuclear Forces
Lessons Learned: 50 Years After USS <em>Pueblo</em>'s Capture By North Korea
January 23, 2018
Lessons Learned: 50 Years After USS Pueblo's Capture By North Korea
The Pueblo incident's lessons should reverberate today.
Lessons Learned: 50 Years After USS Pueblo's Capture By North Korea
Manila's Disappointing Reaction to the US FONOP Near Scarborough Shoal
January 23, 2018
Manila's Disappointing Reaction to the US FONOP Near Scarborough Shoal
If claimant states no longer care about freedom of navigation, the U.S. task in the South China Sea may be impossible.
Manila's Disappointing Reaction to the US FONOP Near Scarborough Shoal
Why China Won't Be Glad to See US-Pakistan Relations Take a Nosedive in 2018
January 22, 2018
Why China Won't Be Glad to See US-Pakistan Relations Take a Nosedive in 2018
China sees more of a challenge than an opportunity in the ongoing U.S.-Pakistan tiff.
Why China Won't Be Glad to See US-Pakistan Relations Take a Nosedive in 2018
Play <em>The Diplomat’s Quiz</em>: January 21, 2017 Edition
January 21, 2018
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 21, 2017 Edition
Test your knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region with The Diplomat's weekly news quiz!
Play The Diplomat’s Quiz: January 21, 2017 Edition
Netanyahu Says Israel-India Anti-Tank Guided Missile Deal Remains on Track
January 21, 2018
Netanyahu Says Israel-India Anti-Tank Guided Missile Deal Remains on Track
India will still buy Israeli Spike ATGMs, according to the Israeli prime minister.
Netanyahu Says Israel-India Anti-Tank Guided Missile Deal Remains on Track
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