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Vientiane Vision 2.0 Puts Japan’s Asia Security Role into Focus
November 19, 2019

Vientiane Vision 2.0 Puts Japan’s Asia Security Role into Focus

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The new initiative is yet another manifestation of Tokyo’s increasing defense role in the region.

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.

What’s in the New Philippines-Brunei TOR on Defense Cooperation?
November 18, 2019

What’s in the New Philippines-Brunei TOR on Defense Cooperation?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at what a recent development might mean for the wider defense relationship.

Prabowo’s Introductory Visit Highlights Indonesia-Malaysia Defense Relations
November 18, 2019

Prabowo’s Introductory Visit Highlights Indonesia-Malaysia Defense Relations

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The new defense minister’s first overseas trip spotlighted some of the ongoing security collaboration between the two neighboring Southeast Asian states.

China’s Indigenous Carrier Transits Taiwan Strait
November 18, 2019

China’s Indigenous Carrier Transits Taiwan Strait

By Ankit Panda
The transit comes shortly after President Tsai Ing-wen announced her running mate.

US Defense Secretary Esper’s Second Asia Trip Puts Alliances in Focus
November 18, 2019

US Defense Secretary Esper’s Second Asia Trip Puts Alliances in Focus

By Ankit Panda
The U.S. secretary of defense contends with cost-sharing and other controversies.
Social Media in Asia: A New Frontier for Mass Surveillance and Political Manipulation
November 15, 2019

Social Media in Asia: A New Frontier for Mass Surveillance and Political Manipulation

By Samuel Woodhams
Although stark across Asia, the rise of social media monitoring tools and disinformation campaigns is a global phenomenon.

Tiger Triumph: US-India Military Relations Get More Complex
November 15, 2019

Tiger Triumph: US-India Military Relations Get More Complex

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
A new exercise has reinforced the trend of deepening defense collaboration between the two sides.

Australia’s Largest Warships Achieve Final Operational Capability
November 15, 2019

Australia’s Largest Warships Achieve Final Operational Capability

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Royal Australian Navy’s two Canberra-class landing helicopter dock ships have achieved final operational capability.

US Intermediate-Range Missiles in East Asia: Critical Deterrent or Needless Provocation?
November 15, 2019

US Intermediate-Range Missiles in East Asia: Critical Deterrent or Needless Provocation?

By Steven Stashwick
It isn’t clear that the United States necessarily needs land-based intermediate missiles to achieve the missions they are envisioned for.
Trump Year Three: The State of US Alliances in Asia
November 09, 2019

Trump Year Three: The State of US Alliances in Asia

By Ankit Panda
Where do American alliances in Asia stand as the Trump administration looks to wrap up its third year in power?

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