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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 Is Japan’s Next Generation Fighter Concept About?
February 19, 2020

What Is Japan’s Next Generation Fighter Concept About?

By Robert Farley
More information about Japan’s next generation fighter concept has emerged.

US Defense Secretary Says Taliban Deal Is Promising But Not Without Risk
February 18, 2020

US Defense Secretary Says Taliban Deal Is Promising But Not Without Risk

By Associated Press
Ahead of a formal announcement of the seven-day "reduction in violence" deal, the U.S. defense secretary said it was time to give peace a chance in Afghanistan through a political negotiation.
Could the Sukhoi Su-57 Be For Export? For China?
February 18, 2020

Could the Sukhoi Su-57 Be For Export? For China?

By Robert Farley
The prospect of the Su-57 for export seemed absurd a while ago, but that may be changing.

Questions About China’s DF-17 and a Nuclear Capability
February 16, 2020

Questions About China’s DF-17 and a Nuclear Capability

By Ankit Panda
Does the DF-17 really have a nuclear role?

US Navy Ohio-Class Sub Test Launches Ballistic Missile
February 15, 2020

US Navy Ohio-Class Sub Test Launches Ballistic Missile

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Navy conducted a ballistic missile test launch from a submerged submarine in the Pacific Ocean on February 12.

What the Tale of ‘Crypto AG’ Reveals About the Nature of US Overseas Espionage
February 14, 2020

What the Tale of ‘Crypto AG’ Reveals About the Nature of US Overseas Espionage

By Robert Farley
A new exposé sheds light on an audacious U.S. long-term espionage effort.

US, Taliban Close to ‘Reduction in Violence’ Agreement
February 13, 2020

US, Taliban Close to ‘Reduction in Violence’ Agreement

By Associated Press
What’s on offer: a seven-day reduction of violence.
Will the United States Develop a New Type of Nuclear Warhead?
February 11, 2020

Will the United States Develop a New Type of Nuclear Warhead?

By Ankit Panda
What exactly is the "W93 warhead program"?

US Indicts 4 Members of Chinese Military for Equifax Data Breach
February 11, 2020

US Indicts 4 Members of Chinese Military for Equifax Data Breach

By Ankit Panda
The 2017 Equifax breach represented a major act of economic espionage, the U.S. attorney general said.

Taiwan Scrambles Fighters to Intercept Chinese Military Aircraft
February 10, 2020

Taiwan Scrambles Fighters to Intercept Chinese Military Aircraft

By Ankit Panda
The Chinese aircraft encircled Taiwan and returned to China through the Miyako Strait.

Iranian Space Launch Attempt Fails
February 10, 2020

Iranian Space Launch Attempt Fails

By Ankit Panda
Iran's attempt to insert a satellite into orbit failed.
The Road to a Nuclear Breakout: Comparing Iran and North Korea
February 08, 2020

The Road to a Nuclear Breakout: Comparing Iran and North Korea

By Nah Liang Tuang
There are enough disturbing parallels between Pyongyang and Tehran’s nuclear ambitions that the latter’s recent threat to leave the NPT needs to be decisively addressed.

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