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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.

Can China-US Relations Improve During the Biden Administration?
May 04, 2021

Can China-US Relations Improve During the Biden Administration?

By Ge Jianhao and Dingding Chen
So far, there have been no major changes in Biden’s China policy, but there’s still hope for a stabilized relationship.

Is China Done With Salami Slicing?
May 01, 2021

Is China Done With Salami Slicing?

By Tobias Burgers and Scott Romaniuk
Beijing appears to have given up its incremental strategy in favor of more sizable power grabs.
UK Deploys Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean
April 30, 2021

UK Deploys Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The upcoming “global deployment” is intended to reinforce the U.K.’s tilt toward the Indo-Pacific region.

The Missing Pieces of the US Cyber Strategy of ‘Persistent Engagement’
April 28, 2021

The Missing Pieces of the US Cyber Strategy of ‘Persistent Engagement’

By Mark Manantan
Washington has to take steps to square its ambitions with the differing perceptions of its Indo-Pacific partners.

Think the EU Isn’t Acting on China? Look Closer.
April 24, 2021

Think the EU Isn’t Acting on China? Look Closer.

By Laurens Hemminga
Understanding how the EU is responding to China’s rise requires understanding how the organization actually works.

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of Japan
April 23, 2021

Managing the Military Problem of Space: The Case of Japan

By Robert Farley
Japan has steadily increased its institutional military engagement with space, albeit still with a defensive posture.

The Fatemiyoun Army: Iran’s Afghan Crusaders in Syria
April 23, 2021

The Fatemiyoun Army: Iran’s Afghan Crusaders in Syria

By Arian Sharifi
Loyal proxy groups, like the Fatemiyoun Army, provide Tehran with a cost-effective means to confront its stronger foes.
Social Media Is Blurring the Lines of National Sovereignty
April 23, 2021

Social Media Is Blurring the Lines of National Sovereignty

By Maxwell Lowe
The global ubiquity of social media has undermined the integrity of territorial boundaries.

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.

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