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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.

The Quad: Responding to China’s Moves Into the Indian Ocean

The Quad: Responding to China’s Moves Into the Indian Ocean

By NAGAO Satoru
To counter China’s advances, it is important to avoid creating a power vacuum.

Is Singapore Doing Enough to Safeguard Itself Against Cybersecurity Attacks and Scams?

Is Singapore Doing Enough to Safeguard Itself Against Cybersecurity Attacks and Scams?

By Ronald Lee and Edmund Lim
Despite its efforts so far, there is more that the city-state can be doing to plug the gaps in its cyber-defenses.
AI Chips for China Face Additional US Restrictions

AI Chips for China Face Additional US Restrictions

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
China has criticized the latest round of new rules by saying that it will “disrupt the international semiconductor market as well as cooperation among enterprises.” 

Are We Bugs? The Geopolitics of Netflix’s ‘3 Body Problem’

Are We Bugs? The Geopolitics of Netflix’s ‘3 Body Problem’

By Brandon Valeriano
The geopolitics of first contact is an interesting question. Does it really matter who speaks for humanity first? 

Steadying the Waters: Navigating the Tensions at Second Thomas Shoal

Steadying the Waters: Navigating the Tensions at Second Thomas Shoal

By Sophie Wushuang Yi
The current stand-off over the Philippine-occupied shoal is a microcosm of the broader security dilemma in the South China Sea.

Sela Tunnel: India’s Border Infrastructure Push Makes Progress

Sela Tunnel: India’s Border Infrastructure Push Makes Progress

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
With tensions persisting on the Sino-Indian border, Delhi’s efforts to bolster its infrastructure in critical areas continues.

Russian Veto Brings End to UN Panel Monitoring Enforcement of North Korea Sanctions

Russian Veto Brings End to UN Panel Monitoring Enforcement of North Korea Sanctions

By Edith M. Lederer
Russia itself is accused of violating the sanctions through its weapons purchases from North Korea.
After Attack in Russia, Focus Turns to ISKP in Afghanistan and Central Asia

After Attack in Russia, Focus Turns to ISKP in Afghanistan and Central Asia

By Shanthie Mariet D’Souza
The focus on and understanding of ISKP’s core area in Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to be expanded to include the large frontiers of Central Asia.

Taiwan Debates a Presidential Visit to the South China Sea

Taiwan Debates a Presidential Visit to the South China Sea

By Andrew Orchard
The outcome of Taiwan's domestic debate about whether President Tsai Ing-wen should visit Itu Aba could have regional implications.

Undersea Cables are Increasingly Critical and Vulnerable

Undersea Cables are Increasingly Critical and Vulnerable

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Undersea cables must be understood as critical infrastructure, and their vulnerability – to intentional tampering and accidental damage – acknowledged. 

Crocus City Hall Attack: Deciphering Central Asian Jihadism and Russian Counterterrorism

Crocus City Hall Attack: Deciphering Central Asian Jihadism and Russian Counterterrorism

By Uran Botobekov
The Kremlin has made a concerted effort to implicate Ukraine, despite the absence of evidence linking Kyiv to the attack. Meanwhile, ISKP poses a clear threat to Russia.
North Korea Resumes Missile Tests, Raising Tensions With Rivals After Military Drills End

North Korea Resumes Missile Tests, Raising Tensions With Rivals After Military Drills End

By Hyung-jin Kim and Mari Yamaguchi
The launches came after South Korean-U.S. military drills concluded and as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Seoul for a democracy summit.

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