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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.

Sea Vigil: India’s Coastal Security Exercise
January 22, 2021

Sea Vigil: India’s Coastal Security Exercise

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Given India’s vast coastline and a not-so-benign neighborhood, India has to remain vigilant to external threats via sea routes.

Report Repudiates Trump Officials’ Claims About US and Ladakh
January 22, 2021

Report Repudiates Trump Officials’ Claims About US and Ladakh

By Abhijnan Rej
A January 19 news article by a well-connected Indian journalist calls recent claims to question.
India-Japan Cyber Cooperation: From Strength to Strength
January 21, 2021

India-Japan Cyber Cooperation: From Strength to Strength

By Prakash Panneerselvam
Both Tokyo and New Delhi share common concerns about China – including on cyberspace.

How Will Harris Influence IP Law in the Biden Administration?
January 20, 2021

How Will Harris Influence IP Law in the Biden Administration?

By Robert Farley
The incoming vice president’s Senate record suggests how the administration may tackle IP policy issues.

China and India’s Stakes in the Qatar Conflict
January 12, 2021

China and India’s Stakes in the Qatar Conflict

By Guy Burton
The resolution of the rift between Qatar on one side and Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the other will cause sighs of relief in Beijing and New Delhi.

Iran Toughens Rhetoric as Biden Looks to Salvage Nuclear Talks
January 11, 2021

Iran Toughens Rhetoric as Biden Looks to Salvage Nuclear Talks

By Abhijnan Rej
The Biden administration will have to find a way to bring Iran back to the negotiating table. And Tehran knows that.

Pompeo Approves New State Department Tech Bureau
January 09, 2021

Pompeo Approves New State Department Tech Bureau

By Abhijnan Rej
A focus on new technologies as a key element of U.S. national security would likely be one of the few bright spots from Trump’s time in the White House.
Tech Companies Can’t Stay Out of National Security — Irrespective of What They Want
January 08, 2021

Tech Companies Can’t Stay Out of National Security — Irrespective of What They Want

By Jacob Parakilas
The January 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol by a pro-Trump mob once again brings the role of social media in maintaining public security and safety to the foreground.

With Ship Seizure, South Korea Again Stuck Between the US and Iran
January 06, 2021

With Ship Seizure, South Korea Again Stuck Between the US and Iran

By Kyle Ferrier
The South Korean tanker MT Hankuk Chemi is collateral damage in the larger U.S.-Iranian tensions.

US Ambassador to India Confirms His Country’s Role in Ladakh Standoff
January 06, 2021

US Ambassador to India Confirms His Country’s Role in Ladakh Standoff

By Abhijnan Rej
The outgoing Ambassador Kenneth Juster was speaking at a virtual think tank event.

India Releases Draft Arctic Policy
January 05, 2021

India Releases Draft Arctic Policy

By Abhijnan Rej
As China makes inroads in the Arctic, India seeks to throw its hat in the regional geopolitical ring.
Iran Flexes Muscle as Trump Seeks to Restore Deterrence — Again
January 04, 2021

Iran Flexes Muscle as Trump Seeks to Restore Deterrence — Again

By Abhijnan Rej
Iran’s resumption of uranium enrichment as well as seizure of a South Korean tanker stands to needle an administration hopelessly obsessed with Tehran.

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