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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.

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Is Germany Considering Maritime Missions in Asia?
January 14, 2020

Is Germany Considering Maritime Missions in Asia?

By Markus Kaim
Berlin may be considering a freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea. Here’s why that matters.
Recent Developments Surrounding the South China Sea
January 13, 2020

Recent Developments Surrounding the South China Sea

By Associated Press
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons.

US Official Confirms Efforts to Restore Working-Level Talks With North Korea
January 13, 2020

US Official Confirms Efforts to Restore Working-Level Talks With North Korea

By Ankit Panda
The Trump administration seeks a return to diplomacy with Kim Jong Un.

Explaining Singapore’s Interest in the F-35B
January 13, 2020

Explaining Singapore’s Interest in the F-35B

By Robert Farley
How significant will the addition of the F-35B to the Republic of Singapore Air Force's inventory be?

Has Russia’s Pivot to Asia Worked?
January 10, 2020

Has Russia’s Pivot to Asia Worked?

By Maria Shagina
Russia’s pivot to Asia is instrumental for offsetting Western sanctions.
US Deploys 6 B-52 Stratofortress Bombers to Indian Ocean Island
January 08, 2020

US Deploys 6 B-52 Stratofortress Bombers to Indian Ocean Island

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The United States Air Force is sending B-52 bombers to Diego Garcia, which could be used for operations against Iran if ordered.

After US Strike on Soleimani, China and Russia Coordinate at UN
January 08, 2020

After US Strike on Soleimani, China and Russia Coordinate at UN

By Ankit Panda
Moscow and Beijing are increasingly taking steps in tandem at the Security Council in responding to U.S. actions.
Asia Reassurance Initiative Act: Framework for a US Indo-Pacific Strategy?
January 07, 2020

Asia Reassurance Initiative Act: Framework for a US Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Carl Thayer
ARIA provides a comprehensive framework for U.S. policy and strategy in the Indo- Pacific region.

Iran Crisis: US Braces for Tehran’s Military Response
January 07, 2020

Iran Crisis: US Braces for Tehran’s Military Response

By Associated Press
U.S. officials are bracing for Iran to respond to the killing of its most powerful general.

Making Sense of Iran’s Latest Nuclear Deal Announcement
January 07, 2020

Making Sense of Iran’s Latest Nuclear Deal Announcement

By Ankit Panda
Tehran’s basic position on the JCPOA has not changed.

India, Pakistan Exchange Lists of Nuclear Sites Pursuant to Their Non-Attack Agreement
January 06, 2020

India, Pakistan Exchange Lists of Nuclear Sites Pursuant to Their Non-Attack Agreement

By Ankit Panda
The exchange of lists is the 29th consecutive one between the two nuclear-armed neighbors.
Asian Countries Brace to Evacuate Workers in Iraq, Iran
January 06, 2020

Asian Countries Brace to Evacuate Workers in Iraq, Iran

By Associated Press
Asians make up 40 percent of the world's migrants, and Middle Eastern countries are a common destination.

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