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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.

What You May Not Know About Sino-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic and Why it Matters
August 13, 2020

What You May Not Know About Sino-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic and Why it Matters

By Sherri Goodman and Yun Sun
Despite disagreement on specific issues, China and Russia are aligning themselves strategically in the Arctic. Washington needs to pay attention.

The Mauritius Disaster: Overlooked Dimensions of Maritime Security
August 12, 2020

The Mauritius Disaster: Overlooked Dimensions of Maritime Security

By Christian Bueger
For small states, oil spills are national security threats – yet few governments are prepared to deal with them.
Climate Change Is a Security Threat to the Asia-Pacific
August 10, 2020

Climate Change Is a Security Threat to the Asia-Pacific

By Shiloh Fetzek and Dennis McGinn
Climate change is likely to alter the local physical and strategic environment profoundly, and potentially catastrophically.

The Beirut Disaster Is a Wake-up Call for Southeast Asia
August 07, 2020

The Beirut Disaster Is a Wake-up Call for Southeast Asia

By Christian Bueger and Scott Edwards
The devastating explosion in Beirut reminds us how vulnerable Southeast Asian ports might be.

Japan’s Legal Response in the Gray Zone
August 06, 2020

Japan’s Legal Response in the Gray Zone

By James Kraska
China’s gray zone tactics around the Senkaku Islands are even more dangerous than similar moves in the South China Sea. How is Japan responding?  

Islamic State Sees a Bloody Opportunity in the US-Taliban Deal
August 04, 2020

Islamic State Sees a Bloody Opportunity in the US-Taliban Deal

By Ahmad Shah Katawazai
With the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, ISKP stands ready to inherit the role of violent spoiler.

South China Sea: The Battle of the Diplomatic Notes Continues
August 04, 2020

South China Sea: The Battle of the Diplomatic Notes Continues

By Nguyen Hong Thao
The latest round of diplomatic note exchanges resurrected the 2016 arbitral tribunal award.
What Do Indian Parliamentary Reports Tell Us About Infrastructure Buildup on the China Border?
August 03, 2020

What Do Indian Parliamentary Reports Tell Us About Infrastructure Buildup on the China Border?

By Krzysztof Iwanek
India’s construction of strategic roads next to China remains behind schedule and slowed down by administrative issues.

The Global War for 5G Heats up
July 31, 2020

The Global War for 5G Heats up

By John Lee
U.S. moves have undermined Huawei’s prospects outside China, but their long-term efficacy to constrain China’s development and export of 5G technology is uncertain.

Lessons for India After the Galwan Valley Clash
July 31, 2020

Lessons for India After the Galwan Valley Clash

By Shruti Pandalai
Chinese patterns of provocation have endured for over five decades. Can India break the cycle?

Russian ASAT Test: More Trouble for Space Security
July 31, 2020

Russian ASAT Test: More Trouble for Space Security

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Even as the war of words continues, there will need to be practical measures to deal with the increasing threats to space.
Taking India-Gulf Cooperation Into Space
July 28, 2020

Taking India-Gulf Cooperation Into Space

By Alvite Ningthoujam
India already has the frameworks for space cooperation with partners like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.

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