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Will China’s military rival the United States’ in the Pacific? Will Japan abandon the constitutional fetters on its own military? How will India respond to the String of Pearls strategy? The Diplomat has put together a team of leading analysts to offer must-read, regular commentary on the big defense and security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

Insider Threats and Nuclear Security During a Pandemic
April 23, 2021

Insider Threats and Nuclear Security During a Pandemic

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Insider threats targeting nuclear plants have always been a concern. A stressful pandemic exacerbates those existing risks.

Integrating Japan Into an Expanded ‘Five Eyes’ Alliance
April 22, 2021

Integrating Japan Into an Expanded ‘Five Eyes’ Alliance

By Philip Citowicki
A graduated process of integration is a more likely and feasible route than Japan's sudden elevation to membership.
Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of Russia
April 20, 2021

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of Russia

By Robert Farley
Rather than establish a separate space force, Russia has determined that space should be integrated with other aerospace assets.

The EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy in 10 Points
April 20, 2021

The EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy in 10 Points

By Eva Pejsova
The main takeaways from the European Union's long-awaited strategy document on the Indo-Pacific region.

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of India
April 19, 2021

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of India

By Robert Farley
Different countries have approached the military aspects of space in different ways. Here’s India’s approach. 

China and Artificial Intelligence
April 19, 2021

China and Artificial Intelligence

By Sara Hsu
China has made technological strides in the AI field. Should that be viewed as a threat?

Fresh Calls for Space Security Governance Measures Unlikely to Yield Results
April 16, 2021

Fresh Calls for Space Security Governance Measures Unlikely to Yield Results

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Progress will probably require developing small, technical agreements given that big, all-encompassing agreements have proven too difficult under current international circumstances.
Chinese Militia Vessels Departing Contested South China Sea Reef
April 15, 2021

Chinese Militia Vessels Departing Contested South China Sea Reef

By Steven Stashwick
Over 200 Chinese ships occupied Whitsun Reef for several weeks. Only a handful remain.

Biden Announces Plan for US Exit from Afghan War, Urges Attention to Future Challenges
April 15, 2021

Biden Announces Plan for US Exit from Afghan War, Urges Attention to Future Challenges

By Catherine Putz
"No one wants to say that we should be in Afghanistan forever. But they insist that now is not the right moment to leave,” Biden rebuffs critics, charting a U.S. exit from its longest war.

Official: Iran to Enrich Uranium to 60%, Highest Level Ever
April 13, 2021

Official: Iran to Enrich Uranium to 60%, Highest Level Ever

By Jon Gambrell
Following an Israeli attack on the Nantaz nuclear facility, Tehran has doubled down on its nuclear goals, raising the specter of regional crisis.

Iran Frees South Korean Ship Held Amid Dispute Over Funds
April 09, 2021

Iran Frees South Korean Ship Held Amid Dispute Over Funds

By Isabel Debre and Jon Gambrel
South Korea's Foreign Ministry said Iran released the tanker and its captain after seizing the vessel in January. 
Welcome to the Fog of More
April 09, 2021

Welcome to the Fog of More

By Jacob Parakilas
There’s a deeper problem with how we perceive the world than misinformation, disinformation, and propaganda: it’s that we expect that big data means better understanding.

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