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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.