Subscribe

Blog

Flashpoints

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.

India and US Hold Third Annual Defense and Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue
October 27, 2020

India and US Hold Third Annual Defense and Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue

By Abhijnan Rej
The readouts from the opening remarks of the ministers as well as the joint statement from the meeting indicate the breadth and depth of India-U.S. strategic cooperation.

Chinese Misbehavior Increases Support for Taiwan 
October 24, 2020

Chinese Misbehavior Increases Support for Taiwan 

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Beijing’s pressure on Taiwan and on other countries is generating greater sympathy and support for Taiwan.
Poll Shows Increase in American Support for Defending Taiwan
October 23, 2020

Poll Shows Increase in American Support for Defending Taiwan

By Bonnie S. Glaser and Mathew P. Funaiole
U.S. public support for Taiwan’s defense – as evidenced by a recent CSIS study – is also critical to deterring Chinese military action.

How to Make a Sharp-edged Quad Work
October 22, 2020

How to Make a Sharp-edged Quad Work

By Abhijnan Rej
India’s recent decision to include Australia in the Malabar exercises is a significant step toward a militarized Quad. But what should the grouping keep in mind going forward?

Sweden Becomes Latest – and Among Most Forceful – to Ban Huawei From 5G
October 21, 2020

Sweden Becomes Latest – and Among Most Forceful – to Ban Huawei From 5G

By Shannon Tiezzi
In its decision, Sweden minced no words about either the ban or the threat posed by China.

Just Restart New START: Timing is Running Out for Nuclear Stability
October 20, 2020

Just Restart New START: Timing is Running Out for Nuclear Stability

By Daniel R. DePetris
The New START accord expires in about four months and coming up with a whole new agreement seems unlikely to happen.

What Does the New Asia Power Index Say About the Quad?
October 19, 2020

What Does the New Asia Power Index Say About the Quad?

By Abhijnan Rej
The Lowy index points to a grim bipolar future for Asia.
Is the Quad Bound by Values or Interests?
October 19, 2020

Is the Quad Bound by Values or Interests?

By Grant Wyeth
Is the Quad really made up of “vibrant and pluralistic democracies with shared values”?

Five Eyes Defense Ministers Meet Amid Widening Agenda
October 17, 2020

Five Eyes Defense Ministers Meet Amid Widening Agenda

By Abhijnan Rej
Five Eyes consultations are becoming more frequent. But is that necessarily a good thing?

India and China Discuss Military Disengagement in Ladakh — Again
October 17, 2020

India and China Discuss Military Disengagement in Ladakh — Again

By Abhijnan Rej
An Indian media report suggests the current discussions are substantive in nature.

Hedging, Over Commitment, and the Escalating Risk of Conflict in Southeast Asia
October 16, 2020

Hedging, Over Commitment, and the Escalating Risk of Conflict in Southeast Asia

By Hunter Marston and Thomas Bruce
The U.S.-China rivalry is turning Southeast Asia into a major potential flashpoint.
Trump Has Undermined His Own Quad Goals
October 16, 2020

Trump Has Undermined His Own Quad Goals

By Mohamed Zeeshan
A shared threat from China should have led Australia, India, and Japan to rally behind the U.S. Why hasn’t that happened?

Page 1 of 338