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The Return of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas and Geopolitics
November 28, 2019

The Return of Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksas and Geopolitics

By Ankit Panda
How will the results of Sri Lanka’s 2019 presidential election bear on regional geopolitics?

Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?
November 19, 2019

Will Gotabaya Revisit Sri Lanka’s Hambantota ‘Debt Trap’ With China?

By Ankit Panda
The new president’s election manifesto pledged to “revisit” the 99 year lease transfer of Hambantota port.
No, Pakistan’s Gwadar Port Is Not a Chinese Naval Base (Just Yet)
November 19, 2019

No, Pakistan’s Gwadar Port Is Not a Chinese Naval Base (Just Yet)

By Krzysztof Iwanek
The Pakistani navy is entrenching itself in Gwadar but there is no evidence of the Chinese forces’ presence yet.

China’s Xi Visits Nepal, Elevating Ties to ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’
October 15, 2019

China’s Xi Visits Nepal, Elevating Ties to ‘Strategic Partnership of Cooperation’

By Ankit Panda
The visit marked the highest-level China-Nepal interaction in 23 years.

China’s Growing “Green” Engagement in MENA
September 19, 2019

China’s Growing “Green” Engagement in MENA

By Ossman Elnaggar
Across the region, China has made targeted and strategic investments in major renewable energy projects.

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?
September 06, 2019

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?

By Fabio Figiaconi
The Lao government aspires to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure; but at what price?

Danny Russel on Improving China’s Belt and Road and Japan-South Korea Tensions
July 16, 2019

Danny Russel on Improving China’s Belt and Road and Japan-South Korea Tensions

By Ankit Panda
U.S. President Barack Obama’s former top Asia diplomat discusses the Belt and Road and Japan-South Korea tensions.
Where Is Indonesia on China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
July 09, 2019

Where Is Indonesia on China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Jakarta continues to seek ways to manage the opportunities and challenges stemming from the BRI.

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Undermining Human Rights?
June 07, 2019

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Undermining Human Rights?

By Abbas Faiz
The BRI has provided much-needed development, but it has also generated more authoritarianism.

2019 Shangri-La Dialogue: US-China Divide Lingers Amid Asia’s Anxiety
June 03, 2019

2019 Shangri-La Dialogue: US-China Divide Lingers Amid Asia’s Anxiety

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The dynamics at play at Asia’s premier security summit only reinforced existing regional worries that the divisions between Washington and Beijing are set to endure.

Modi 2.0 Confronts a Challenging Foreign Policy Landscape
May 24, 2019

Modi 2.0 Confronts a Challenging Foreign Policy Landscape

By Harsh V. Pant
After celebrating his win, Modi needs to prepare for much work ahead on the foreign policy front.
Xi Goes to Rome: Course-Correction for China’s Belt and Road Initiative?
May 23, 2019

Xi Goes to Rome: Course-Correction for China’s Belt and Road Initiative?

By Jeff M. Smith and Fabio Van Loon
Italy would have been better served showing solidarity with Europe and negotiating with China from a position of strength.

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