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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.

India and the Red Sea Imbroglio

India and the Red Sea Imbroglio

By Anil Golani and Radhey Tambi
India, with its traditionally close ties with Iran and its increasing influence in the region, may have a role to play in alleviating the present crisis.  

The Asia-Pacific Holds the Key to Tackling Overfishing

The Asia-Pacific Holds the Key to Tackling Overfishing

By Christine McDaniel
The world can secure its fisheries, but much of Asia still needs to get on board with WTO rules on fishing subsidies.
Taiwan Protests After China Boards a Tourist Boat Near Kinmen Island

Taiwan Protests After China Boards a Tourist Boat Near Kinmen Island

By Christopher Bodeen
China is stepping up patrols in the waters off the coast of Kinmen after two Chinese fishermen drowned while fleeing the Taiwanese coast guard.

Why Russia’s Latest Space Weapon Is So Dangerous

Why Russia’s Latest Space Weapon Is So Dangerous

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Bringing the nuclear element into space, be it a nuclear weapon or a nuclear-powered counterspace weapon, will have serious repercussions.

The Prospects for Taiwan-EU Cooperation

The Prospects for Taiwan-EU Cooperation

By Francis Shin
Taiwan’s President-elect Lai Ching-te wants to bolster economic and security cooperation with the EU. Will Europe be able to meet Taiwan halfway?

Indian Ocean Leaders Warn of Threats to Shipping, Stability

Indian Ocean Leaders Warn of Threats to Shipping, Stability

By Grant Wyeth
The more direct, yet undeclared, theme of the Indian Ocean Conference was China.

US Official Warns of China’s Growing Offensive Cyber Power

US Official Warns of China’s Growing Offensive Cyber Power

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
FBI Director Wray, in particular, sounded the alarm about China's targeting of U.S. critical infrastructure for potential cyber attacks.
Maritime Cybersecurity: An Emerging Area of Concern for India

Maritime Cybersecurity: An Emerging Area of Concern for India

By Abhishek Sharma
In India, cybersecurity still does not attract the attention it needs – let alone cybersecurity of the maritime domain and its assets.

Pakistan’s TTP Challenge and Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations 

Pakistan’s TTP Challenge and Afghanistan-Pakistan Relations 

By Nazir Ahmad Mir
The Taliban have proved unresponsive to Pakistan's security concerns, resulting in mounting tensions between the two.

Mind the Gap: 5 Debates to Address in the South Korea-US Deterrence Posture

Mind the Gap: 5 Debates to Address in the South Korea-US Deterrence Posture

By Kyung-joo Jeon and Hanbyeol Sohn
Five key debates hinder the achievement of an allied integrated approach in dealing with the threat from North Korea.

North Korea Tests More Cruise Missiles as Kim Jong Un Calls for War Readiness

North Korea Tests More Cruise Missiles as Kim Jong Un Calls for War Readiness

By Kim Tong-hyung
North Korea’s fourth round of cruise missile tests in 2024 came hours after state media reported that Kim had inspected unspecified naval projects at a shipyard in Nampho.
The Iran Factor in the China-Taiwan-US Triangle

The Iran Factor in the China-Taiwan-US Triangle

By Thiago de Aragao
China could seek to use Iran as a tool to push the United States farther and farther from Taiwan.

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