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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.

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Asia Keeps Omicron at Bay, but a Surge May Be Inevitable
December 29, 2021

Asia Keeps Omicron at Bay, but a Surge May Be Inevitable

By Huizhong Wu
Cases are mounting, and experts say the next few months will be critical.
What Will North Korean Cybercrime Look Like in 2022?
December 22, 2021

What Will North Korean Cybercrime Look Like in 2022?

By Jason Bartlett
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to increased online spending which Pyongyang and other illicit actors will likely continue to exploit.

A Strategic Response to China’s Economic Coercion
December 20, 2021

A Strategic Response to China’s Economic Coercion

By Emily Kilcrease, Emily Jin, and Rachel Ziemba
China is the most willing to deploy the widest range of economic tools in response to a geopolitical conflict. What can the U.S. do?

Private Players Present New Complications for Space Governance
December 18, 2021

Private Players Present New Complications for Space Governance

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
Private companies bring some benefits to space developments, but also add to governance challenges.

What Does Asia’s Omicron Response Reveal About the Region’s Approach to Africa?
December 15, 2021

What Does Asia’s Omicron Response Reveal About the Region’s Approach to Africa?

By Ferdinando Cinotto
The U.S. and European countries implemented prejudicial travel bans targeting Southern Africa. Has Asia followed suit?
Is Taiwan’s International Space Expanding or Contracting?
December 14, 2021

Is Taiwan’s International Space Expanding or Contracting?

By Gerrit van der Wees
Last week illustrated two opposing trends: Taiwan lost a diplomatic ally in Nicaragua, but had the spotlight at the U.S. Summit for Democracy.

Afghanistan’s Taliban, Myanmar’s Tatmadaw Denied UN Seats, For Now
December 03, 2021

Afghanistan’s Taliban, Myanmar’s Tatmadaw Denied UN Seats, For Now

By Catherine Putz
The Taliban and the junta in Myanmar will remain outside the halls of the United Nations for now.
Is China Stacking the Technology Deck by Setting International Standards?
December 02, 2021

Is China Stacking the Technology Deck by Setting International Standards?

By Danny Russel and Blake Berger
Though often overshadowed by China’s advances in technology, the state-directed strategy to set technological standards will have a lasting impact.

Even Duterte Can’t Get Around the Thorn in China-Philippine Relations
December 01, 2021

Even Duterte Can’t Get Around the Thorn in China-Philippine Relations

By Bonnie Girard
The South China Sea continues to be a perennial flashpoint, despite Duterte's best efforts to keep relations on an even keel.

Nuclear Proliferation Concerns in East Asia: Beyond North Korea
November 26, 2021

Nuclear Proliferation Concerns in East Asia: Beyond North Korea

By Hart Rapaport
The nuclear situation in East Asia is more nuanced than the actions of a single nation. 

Changing the Discourse on China’s Taiwan Policy
November 23, 2021

Changing the Discourse on China’s Taiwan Policy

By KAWASHIMA Shin
There has been much talk of an invasion. Time for a closer look.
Russian ASAT Test Highlights Urgent Need for Space Governance Negotiations
November 19, 2021

Russian ASAT Test Highlights Urgent Need for Space Governance Negotiations

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The absence of earnest multilateral discussions could send more states down the path of space weaponization, making access to space increasingly tricky.

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