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  • Nithin Coca

    The Future of Asia's Protest Movements

    15 May 2015 - 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

    27 Jan 2015 - 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!

    08 Dec 2014 - 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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  • 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

  • Pattharapong Rattanasevee

    A New Threat to Southeast Asian Security: Insights on Tackling Transnational Terrorism

    16 Mar 2016 - The terror attacks in Paris on the evening of Nov. 13 revealed a sense of vulnerability across Europe and represented a critical moment for European security. Until now, investigators and the public remain unclear about when, where and how the attacks were planned, why certain targets were selected and what the rationale was behind the attacks. However, given the magnitude and so… Read full post

  • Peter Hayes,Chung-in Moon

    Should South Korea Go Nuclear, Redux?

    18 Feb 2016 - Note: This essay is updated and revised from an East Asia Policy Debate essay published in July 2014. Summary The fourth nuclear test on January 6, 2016 followed by a rocket-satellite launch on February 17, 2016 has disquieted many in South Korea. It has evoked new calls for South Korea to consider acquiring its own nuclear weapons. It is therefore incumbent on policy makers to c… Read full post


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