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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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Online Shopping for Nukes? Tune Into a North Korean Military Parade.
August 30, 2021

Online Shopping for Nukes? Tune Into a North Korean Military Parade.

By Jason Bartlett
North Korean broadcasts of military parades offer a veritable weapons catalog for U.S. adversaries.
Japan, Taiwan Lawmakers Discuss China Threat
August 28, 2021

Japan, Taiwan Lawmakers Discuss China Threat

By Shannon Tiezzi
The interaction between legislators was intended as the equivalent of more formal “2+2” talks.

How the Abraham Accords Disrupted China-Israel Relations
August 24, 2021

How the Abraham Accords Disrupted China-Israel Relations

By Zsolt Csepregi
After the rapprochement, China’s investment momentum in Israel was overtaken by the Emiratis - just like the U.S. wanted.

Washington and Seoul Seek to Diversify the South Korea-US Alliance Through Cyber 
August 23, 2021

Washington and Seoul Seek to Diversify the South Korea-US Alliance Through Cyber 

By Jason Bartlett
There’s more to bilateral cyber cooperation than keeping tabs on North Korean hackers.

COVID-19 Deepening Asia-Pacific Cyber Trends: DRI Report
August 23, 2021

COVID-19 Deepening Asia-Pacific Cyber Trends: DRI Report

By Arindrajit Basu, Abhijnan Rej, and Justin Sherman
These trends will persist long after the pandemic has receded into the background.
Decoding the Latest China-India Military Talks on the Border
August 19, 2021

Decoding the Latest China-India Military Talks on the Border

By Antara Ghosal Singh
In their reports of the 12th round of corps commander-level talks, China and India had differing details in almost every respect.

Colombo Security Conclave: A New Minilateral for the Indian Ocean?
August 19, 2021

Colombo Security Conclave: A New Minilateral for the Indian Ocean?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
India’s sees subregional engagement, like the expanding Colombo Security Conclave, as critical for securing its strategic interests.
Europe in Europe, America in Asia?
August 18, 2021

Europe in Europe, America in Asia?

By TSURUOKA Michito
While we need to cast a more critical eye on what Europe can actually bring to the Indo-Pacific, it is too early to dismiss Europe’s military engagement in the region.

From Ethnic Nationalism to Social Media: How North Korea Leverages Its Soft Power Abroad
August 17, 2021

From Ethnic Nationalism to Social Media: How North Korea Leverages Its Soft Power Abroad

By Jason Bartlett
Kim Jong Un recently instructed the country’s propagandists to improve overseas messaging efforts.

What Does National Security Mean in a +2 Celsius World?
August 13, 2021

What Does National Security Mean in a +2 Celsius World?

By Jacob Parakilas
The new U.N. climate report confirms that significantly higher global temperatures are now a near-term certainty. National security planning needs to take a warmer, less stable world into account.

Addressing Climate Change in the Mekong-Ganges Region
August 09, 2021

Addressing Climate Change in the Mekong-Ganges Region

By Lohita Solanki
The newfound attention on climate change at the MGC is a recent development, but a necessary one.
The 3 Myths That Sank the Afghan Peace Process  
August 07, 2021

The 3 Myths That Sank the Afghan Peace Process  

By Marvin G. Weinbaum
Dispelling these myths becomes especially important as the current conflict appears to be entering a critical new phase.

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