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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 defence and security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

Great Britain’s Worst Military Blunder in South Asia
January 18, 2020

Great Britain’s Worst Military Blunder in South Asia

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Recounting the disastrous end of Great Britain’s first invasion of Afghanistan.

Iran’s Top Leader Strikes Defiant Tone Amid Month of Turmoil
January 18, 2020

Iran’s Top Leader Strikes Defiant Tone Amid Month of Turmoil

By Associated Press
Iran's supreme leader lashed out at Western countries as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years.
China Hopes UN Meeting Spurs India-Pakistan Talks on Kashmir
January 16, 2020

China Hopes UN Meeting Spurs India-Pakistan Talks on Kashmir

By Associated Press
A UN Security Council meeting called by Beijing to address the Kashmir issue was held on Wednesday.

Russia Says US Indo-Pacific Strategy is to Contain China
January 15, 2020

Russia Says US Indo-Pacific Strategy is to Contain China

By Associated Press
"Why do you need to call Asia-Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident — to exclude China.”

Are China’s South China Sea Artificial Islands Militarily Significant and Useful?
January 15, 2020

Are China’s South China Sea Artificial Islands Militarily Significant and Useful?

By Ankit Panda
China's artificial islands are a symbol of its revisionism in the South China Sea, but they're also militarily significant.

US, Japan Hold Naval Exercise in East China Sea
January 15, 2020

US, Japan Hold Naval Exercise in East China Sea

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The January 13 exercise included a US F-35B carrying amphibious assault ship and a Japanese amphibious transport dock ship.

UK, France, Germany Invoke Iran Deal Dispute Resolution Mechanism
January 14, 2020

UK, France, Germany Invoke Iran Deal Dispute Resolution Mechanism

By Ankit Panda
The decision follows warnings from the European countries amid Iran's steps to reduce compliance with the 2015 agreement.
Is Germany Considering Maritime Missions in Asia?
January 14, 2020

Is Germany Considering Maritime Missions in Asia?

By Markus Kaim
Berlin may be considering a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea. Here’s why that matters.

Recent Developments Surrounding the South China Sea
January 13, 2020

Recent Developments Surrounding the South China Sea

By Associated Press
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons.

US Official Confirms Efforts to Restore Working-Level Talks With North Korea
January 13, 2020

US Official Confirms Efforts to Restore Working-Level Talks With North Korea

By Ankit Panda
The Trump administration seeks a return to diplomacy with Kim Jong Un.

Explaining Singapore’s Interest in the F-35B
January 13, 2020

Explaining Singapore’s Interest in the F-35B

By Robert Farley
How significant will the addition of the F-35B to the Republic of Singapore Air Force's inventory be?
Has Russia’s Pivot to Asia Worked?
January 10, 2020

Has Russia’s Pivot to Asia Worked?

By Maria Shagina
Russia’s pivot to Asia is instrumental for offsetting Western sanctions.

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