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The Indian Navy’s Humanitarian Role: Strategic Soft Power in Action

The Indian Navy’s Humanitarian Role: Strategic Soft Power in Action

By S.N. Ghormade
The Indian Navy has significantly enhanced India’s soft power through swift and effective disaster response operations.

The Risks of China’s Loans to Uzbekistan

The Risks of China’s Loans to Uzbekistan

By Anastasia Galimova, Yura Park, Ch.Sabyrbek, and Navruz Karimov
The China Development Bank alone has loaned $2.2 billion to Uzbekistan, but there is virtually no publicly available information on the lending terms.
New Caledonia: Two Dreams, One Political Future

New Caledonia: Two Dreams, One Political Future

By Catherine Wilson
While the immediate unrest has paused, Kanaks say that sustainable peace is dependent on their grievances being addressed.

Will the CSTO, Russia’s Answer to NATO, Expand?

Will the CSTO, Russia’s Answer to NATO, Expand?

By Janko Šćepanović
Not so fast. Rather than grow, Moscow’s military bloc is poised to shrink. 

The 2 Koreas’ Cold War Measures Destabilize the Korean Peninsula

The 2 Koreas’ Cold War Measures Destabilize the Korean Peninsula

By Mitch Shin
How should South Korea handle balloon clashes against the backdrop of Trump’s possible re-election? 

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

As Protests Erupt, a Rocky Start to Sheikh Hasina’s Fourth Consecutive Term

As Protests Erupt, a Rocky Start to Sheikh Hasina’s Fourth Consecutive Term

By Saqlain Rizve
A perfect storm of political and economic grievance has seen Bangladesh erupt in student-led protests.

The Ulu Tiram Attack: Inspiration for Terror in Malaysia

The Ulu Tiram Attack: Inspiration for Terror in Malaysia

By Zam Yusa
It appears that the Ulu Tiram attack was inspired by Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, but the suspects were not formally affiliated with or directed by the group. 
Has Bangladesh Lost Its Footing in the China-India Balancing Act?

Has Bangladesh Lost Its Footing in the China-India Balancing Act?

By Syful Islam
Was a tilt toward India to blame for Sheikh Hasina's lackluster visit to China? Or is Beijing simply reading the economic tea leaves?

How Is China’s Global Education Strategy Evolving?

How Is China’s Global Education Strategy Evolving?

By Pippa Ebel
Growing numbers of Chinese universities are drawing students from partner regions such as Africa with science-focused programs. 

With or Without Opening? Previewing China’s Third Plenum Reforms

With or Without Opening? Previewing China’s Third Plenum Reforms

By Nathaniel Sher and Ray Wang
Without efforts to revive market confidence, Beijing’s broader reform agenda could falter.

Pakistan’s New Military Operation Alarms Pashtuns

Pakistan’s New Military Operation Alarms Pashtuns

By Osama Ahmad
The announcement of Pakistan’s new military operation, Azm-e-Istehkam, has sent shockwaves across the Pashtun region in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which has suffered tremendously amid past operations.
What’s in Hong Kong’s Proposed Critical Infrastructure Bill?

What’s in Hong Kong’s Proposed Critical Infrastructure Bill?

By Charles Mok
The new law seeks to regulate critical infrastructure operators responsible for “continuous delivery of essential services” and “maintaining important societal and economic activities.”

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