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China’s Not-So-Hard Power Strategy
June 28, 2012

China’s Not-So-Hard Power Strategy

Questions remain over how the Scarborough Shoal standoff will finally be resolved. But recent events should have reassured China’s leaders that hard power isn’t always necessary.

Can Taiwan Be a "Worthy" U.S. Ally?
June 27, 2012

Can Taiwan Be a "Worthy" U.S. Ally?

The renewed U.S. interest in the Asia-Pacific gives Taiwan a perfect chance to bolster ties and its own security. But will it seize the moment?

Is U.S. in Iran Cyber War?
June 26, 2012

Is U.S. in Iran Cyber War?

A series of revelations suggest that the U.S. and Israel are engaged in a cyber war with Iran. If true, any hope of progress in talks over Iran’s nuclear program could be jeopardized.

Why Russia Won’t Play Ball on Iran
June 23, 2012

Why Russia Won’t Play Ball on Iran

The U.S. may not agree or even understand Russia’s view on the Iran nuclear issue. But there are many reasons why Russia won’t put too much pressure on Tehran.

China’s Monroe Doctrine
June 22, 2012

China’s Monroe Doctrine

Despite claims to the contrary, China’s policy in the near seas today bears scant resemblance to the Monroe Doctrine. But its application still holds lessons for China.

Congress’s Risky Chest-Thumping
June 20, 2012

Congress’s Risky Chest-Thumping

A provision by House Republicans requiring the Obama administration to consider deploying tactical nuclear weapons to Asia was about sounding tough. It was also dangerous.

Why America Needs a Grand Strategy
June 18, 2012

Why America Needs a Grand Strategy

Failure to formulate a grand strategy will only further fuel talk of American decline. That’s no more so the case than it is for Asia.

Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief
June 16, 2012

Japan’s Sensible New Defense Chief

The choice of Satoshi Morimoto to head Japan’s Defense Ministry has surprised many. But the media and opposition party criticism is misplaced.

Backsliding in Beijing
June 14, 2012

Backsliding in Beijing

After early signs it might try to exert pressure on Iran, China seems to be easing up. Unfortunately for the West, all roads lead through Beijing.

Why India Snubbed U.S.
June 12, 2012

Why India Snubbed U.S.

The U.S. might hope for a closer military and strategic alliance with India. But don’t expect New Delhi to get excited about the proposal.

Four Myths about Drone Strikes
June 09, 2012

Four Myths about Drone Strikes

The killing of senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi means drone strikes in Pakistan have made headlines again. But there’s plenty people are getting wrong.

Can IAEA Solve Iran Nuclear Row?
June 08, 2012

Can IAEA Solve Iran Nuclear Row?

The IAEA has a critical role to play in resolving the Iran nuclear crisis – one that could serve as a model for dealing with North Korea and Syria.

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