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  • Nithin Coca

    The Future of Asia's Protest Movements

    Last year saw protests in many countries in the world's economic powerhouse, Asia, and 2015 portends more of the same. What does the future hold for these youth-led movements? Yellow umbrellas, sunflowers, yellow shirts, red shirts, and ribbons. These were the symbols of Asia in 2014, as seen from the most basic level – the city street. At many times in 201… Read full post

  • Bruno Hellendorff,Truong-Minh Vu

    An Under-Exploited Asset: The EU’s Quiet Contribution to Stability in the South China Sea

    In their separate visits to Brussels late last year, Philippine President Benigno Aquino and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had one major issue on their respective agendas: the South China Sea. Bypassing Europe seems no longer an option for Southeast Asian heads of state in their quest for outside support in their maritime disputes with China. This is… Read full post

  • David Plott

    Welcome to Our New Student Forum!

    Welcome to our new online series of commentaries on international affairs written exclusively by graduate and post-graduate students in political science, international affairs, public policy, Asian studies, economics, business, diplomacy and related fields that deal with Asia's place in the world. The aim is to stimulate debate on issues of contemporary re… Read full post


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  • Walter C. Clemens, Jr

    How North Korea Views the Crisis

    25 May 2017 - From: General Kim Jong UnTo: U.S. President Donald J. TrumpRe: Controlling Tensions Dear President Trump: Your people say that “all options are open,” but you have left out the easiest way to resolve our problems: an honest attempt at negotiation. You are an expert on the art of deal-making. So you know that no deal can be reached unless all parties believe it brings them gain.… Read full post

  • Shiping Tang

    An East Asia Without a Regional Project?

    12 May 2017 - Since the end of the Cold War and until very recently, a guiding force that helped glue East Asia together has been the notion of a regional project to work toward. Seen in this light, then, a most striking development today may be that for the first time, East Asia does not seem to have a concrete regional project in place. Let me elaborate. Until the end of the Cold War, East … Read full post

  • Rupakjyoti Borah

    India’s Bid to Join Nuclear Suppliers Group Runs into the Great Wall of China

    23 Aug 2016 - China's recent scuttling of India's bid for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has brought to the fore old tensions between the two Asian behemoths. Even though New Delhi had sent Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar to Beijing June 16-17 to present its case in the run-up to the Seoul plenary of the NSG June 23-24, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a… Read full post

  • Sampa Kundu

    The “Unpredictable” Duterte: It’s Too Early to Imagine the “Filipino Way” in the Making

    02 Jun 2016 - Rodrigo Duterte -- often referred to as “The Punisher” for his behavior during his tenure as mayor of Davao City -- is set to become the next president of the Philippines on June 30. His election campaign and triumph at the polls have attracted enormous attention from world leaders, policy makers, academicians and members of the media; but, his victory was more or less a foregon… Read full post

  • Rupakjyoti Borah

    China’s Bid to Rule the Waves in the South China Sea

    05 Apr 2016 - China’s deployment of HQ-9 Surface-to-Air missiles (SAMs) to Woody Island in the disputed Paracel island chain in the South China Sea is a new, but not a surprising, development. Slowly, but surely, Beijing has been proceeding with the militarization of Woody Island, referred to as Yongxingdao in China and which has been under its control since 1956. This island is also claimed… Read full post


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