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Has US Turned Afghanistan Corner?
October 20, 2010
Has US Turned Afghanistan Corner?
The US has long resisted talking to the Taliban. But as the July 2011 drawdown date approaches, it’s running out of options.
Has US Turned Afghanistan Corner?
Stepping Up Over N. Korea and WMD
October 18, 2010
Stepping Up Over N. Korea and WMD
Seoul’s move to fully join the Proliferation Security Initiative is welcome. But it’s China that really needs to be on board.
Stepping Up Over N. Korea and WMD
Saudis Whistling Past a Graveyard?
October 14, 2010
Saudis Whistling Past a Graveyard?
Michael Scheuer takes The Diplomat just outside its regular beat for a closer look at Saudi Arabia. Still the biggest oil supplier to Asia’s largest economies, is the kingdom really as stable as its leaders like to make out?
Saudis Whistling Past a Graveyard?
Why Drones Are Here to Stay
October 11, 2010
Why Drones Are Here to Stay
The row over US attacks in Pakistan has highlighted uncertainties over the rules of engagement. Maybe this isn’t such a bad thing.
Why Drones Are Here to Stay
How China Plays the Great Game
October 08, 2010
How China Plays the Great Game
The prize for China is ejecting the US from Asia, says Madhav Nalapat. Its best chance to claim it? NATO’s defeat in Afghanistan.
How China Plays the Great Game
Time to Rethink US Bases in Asia
October 06, 2010
Time to Rethink US Bases in Asia
US bases are becoming a magnet for terrorist attacks in places like Afghanistan. It’s time for a more flexible approach.
Time to Rethink US Bases in Asia
How to Improve China-Japan Ties
October 05, 2010
How to Improve China-Japan Ties
This week’s Asia-Europe Meeting would be an excellent place for the two to launch a new initiative—tackling chemical weapons.
How to Improve China-Japan Ties
China’s Naval Build-up Not Over
September 29, 2010
China’s Naval Build-up Not Over
Reports of the death of the PLA’s naval expansion are exaggerated. Any lull in development is likely to prove temporary.
China’s Naval Build-up Not Over
Lee’s North Korea Gambit
September 28, 2010
Lee’s North Korea Gambit
The South Korean leader seems to be trying some ‘legacy diplomacy’. But can he really make progress if Kim Jong-il steps down?
Lee’s North Korea Gambit
Asia Driving Global Arms Sales
September 24, 2010
Asia Driving Global Arms Sales
The economic crisis prompted many nations to slow arms buys. But Asian governments such as China and Malaysia keep on buying.
Asia Driving Global Arms Sales
Why China's Navy is a Threat
September 17, 2010
Why China's Navy is a Threat
Sceptics downplaying China’s growing maritime strength are making a mistake. South-east Asian policymakers should ignore them.
Why China's Navy is a Threat
Why a US-Vietnam Nuclear Deal?
September 15, 2010
Why a US-Vietnam Nuclear Deal?
A rising China has pushed the US and Vietnam together. The 123 nuclear agreement could just be the start of warmer ties.
Why a US-Vietnam Nuclear Deal?
Why Japan-China Spat Hurts Both
September 13, 2010
Why Japan-China Spat Hurts Both
Failure to manage the row over a detained ship captain could mean both countries lose out over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands.
Why Japan-China Spat Hurts Both
China’s High Risk India Gamble
September 10, 2010
China’s High Risk India Gamble
China is exerting pressure on India on a range of fronts. It’s time for India to push back—and to reach out to Taiwan.
China’s High Risk India Gamble
What Next in Afghanistan?
September 08, 2010
What Next in Afghanistan?
The Diplomat speaks with Matthew Hoh, director of the Afghanistan Study Group, about the group’s report on the future of US forces in the country.
What Next in Afghanistan?
China’s Enigmatic Military
September 07, 2010
China’s Enigmatic Military
The Pentagon’s report on the PLA suggests China is getting closer to nixing the US military’s ability to intervene in Asia.
China’s Enigmatic Military
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