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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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Were Tankers the Key to Imperial Japan’s Early Wartime Success?
January 28, 2020

Were Tankers the Key to Imperial Japan’s Early Wartime Success?

By Robert Farley
Japan had come to appreciate the value of at-sea replenishment for its navy early on.
Taliban Say Mystery Crash in Afghanistan Was US Aircraft
January 28, 2020

Taliban Say Mystery Crash in Afghanistan Was US Aircraft

By Associated Press
A Taliban spokesman claims a U.S. Air Force plane crashed in Ghazni province, in territory controlled by the militant group.

New Ground-Launched Missiles for the US-Japan Alliance?
January 25, 2020

New Ground-Launched Missiles for the US-Japan Alliance?

By Ankit Panda
How will the alliance address new challenges and opportunities in a post-INF world?

The Pitfalls in Afghanistan’s Peace Process
January 24, 2020

The Pitfalls in Afghanistan’s Peace Process

By Daud Khattak
A US-Taliban peace agreement seems closer than ever, but the whole thing could unravel when it comes time for intra-Afghan talks.

What Does Xi’s Myanmar Visit Mean for India’s China Anxieties?
January 22, 2020

What Does Xi’s Myanmar Visit Mean for India’s China Anxieties?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The trip produced a mixed outlook for New Delhi’s perceptions of Beijing’s inroads in the wider Indo-Pacific.
Iranian FM: Will Leave NPT if Europeans Refer Case to UN Security Council
January 21, 2020

Iranian FM: Will Leave NPT if Europeans Refer Case to UN Security Council

By Ankit Panda
The statement follows a decision by the European parties to the JCPOA to invoke the agreement’s dispute resolution mechanism.

India Tests K-4 Submarine-Launched Missile, Pushing Its Sea-Based Deterrent Forward
January 21, 2020

India Tests K-4 Submarine-Launched Missile, Pushing Its Sea-Based Deterrent Forward

By Ankit Panda
The K-4 will arm India’s ballistic missile submarines.
India Test Fires Intermediate-Range, Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile
January 20, 2020

India Test Fires Intermediate-Range, Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The missile launch from a submerged platform off the coast of Andhra Pradesh took place on January 19.

Great Britain’s Worst Military Blunder in South Asia
January 18, 2020

Great Britain’s Worst Military Blunder in South Asia

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Recounting the disastrous end of Great Britain’s first invasion of Afghanistan.

Iran’s Top Leader Strikes Defiant Tone Amid Month of Turmoil
January 18, 2020

Iran’s Top Leader Strikes Defiant Tone Amid Month of Turmoil

By Associated Press
Iran's supreme leader lashed out at Western countries as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years.

China Hopes UN Meeting Spurs India-Pakistan Talks on Kashmir
January 16, 2020

China Hopes UN Meeting Spurs India-Pakistan Talks on Kashmir

By Associated Press
A UN Security Council meeting called by Beijing to address the Kashmir issue was held on Wednesday.
Russia Says US Indo-Pacific Strategy is to Contain China
January 15, 2020

Russia Says US Indo-Pacific Strategy is to Contain China

By Associated Press
"Why do you need to call Asia-Pacific as Indo-Pacific? The answer is evident — to exclude China.”

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