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Is the Quad’s Revival a Threat to ASEAN?
March 18, 2021

Is the Quad’s Revival a Threat to ASEAN?

By Rifki Dermawan
The reemergence of the Quad grouping is bound to raise questions about ASEAN's relevance and centrality.

India and the US: Ideological Convergence No More?
January 18, 2021

India and the US: Ideological Convergence No More?

By Mohamed Zeeshan
A new declassified document suggests that Washington sees New Delhi primarily as a security partner.
US Declassifies Strategy, Revealing Yawning Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality
January 14, 2021

US Declassifies Strategy, Revealing Yawning Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality

By Steven Stashwick
The “Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” reveals few surprises, and even fewer successes, in the last days of the Trump administration.

The US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific: 3 Curiosities
January 14, 2021

The US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific: 3 Curiosities

By Abhijnan Rej
Reading the recently declassified document side-by-side, the 2019 Indo-Pacific Strategy Report highlights interesting inconsistencies.

What Does the US Indo-Pacific Framework Say About Southeast Asia?
January 13, 2021

What Does the US Indo-Pacific Framework Say About Southeast Asia?

By Sebastian Strangio
The document lays out ambitious aims for the region, with little apparent sense of how they can be fulfilled.

A Test of Japan–South Korea Relations
December 06, 2020

A Test of Japan–South Korea Relations

By Shin Kawashima
If the FOIP strategy is to succeed, the two countries have some work to do.

Is Biden Preparing to Tweak the Indo-Pacific Strategy?
November 20, 2020

Is Biden Preparing to Tweak the Indo-Pacific Strategy?

By Sebastian Strangio
A shift in language may signal some changes to the Trump administration’s headline Asia policy.
Australia, Japan, US Trilateral Partnership to Fund Undersea Cable for Palau
October 31, 2020

Australia, Japan, US Trilateral Partnership to Fund Undersea Cable for Palau

By Abhijnan Rej
As the U.S. and its allies compete with China, the North Pacific is emerging as a key battleground.

Mike Pompeo Visits Sri Lanka and the Maldives in a Bid to Win Friends and Influence People
October 29, 2020

Mike Pompeo Visits Sri Lanka and the Maldives in a Bid to Win Friends and Influence People

By Abhijnan Rej
Days before the US presidential election, the U.S. secretary of state soldiers on with the Trump administration’s free and open Indo-Pacific strategy.

How to Make a Sharp-edged Quad Work
October 22, 2020

How to Make a Sharp-edged Quad Work

By Abhijnan Rej
India’s recent decision to include Australia in the Malabar exercises is a significant step toward a militarized Quad. But what should the grouping keep in mind going forward?

Trump Has Undermined His Own Quad Goals
October 16, 2020

Trump Has Undermined His Own Quad Goals

By Mohamed Zeeshan
A shared threat from China should have led Australia, India, and Japan to rally behind the U.S. Why hasn’t that happened?
State Department Officials Clarify Pompeo’s Views on the Quad
October 07, 2020

State Department Officials Clarify Pompeo’s Views on the Quad

By Abhijnan Rej
The U.S. sees the need for “effective multilateralism” in the region – hinting that it considers ASEAN a lost cause.

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