While East Asia has stood out in recent history for its exceptional 70-year period of peace, it would be wrong to assume that policymakers in the region aren’t worried about, or aren’t gearing up for, future conflict. Numerous potential flash points exist, from the Korean Peninsula, the Taiwan Strait, the East and South China Seas, and South Asia. Those worries are fueling Asia’s push to modernize their military forces, thus risking an arms race.
Numerous potential flash points are fueling Asia’s push to modernize their military forces, thus risking an arms race.
Expansion has big implications for China’s neighbors, the US and the rest of the world.
How the nation has been forced to respond to the pressure for military modernization.
Under Shinzo Abe, great strides have been made in the country’s ability to respond.
The US retains naval hardware superiority on the seas, but the Navy must urgently learn from recent accidents and mishaps.
Seoul’s security fears as the stakes are raised ever higher have prompted it to pour resources into arms.
A close analysis of the patterns of spending and their development over the years.
An increasing number of states in the region are building their own submarine military presence.
A build-up in Russia’s military capabilities includes a revival of the previously neglected Russian Pacific Fleet.
How the country’s dependence on its alliance relationships helps determine the direction of its arms modernization.
The AIIB’s and NDB’s focus on infrastructure financing in developing Asia is welcome.
Without more action, many urban areas in the path of rising sea levels will be flooded. The only question is when.
Despite wariness of the Trump administration, New Delhi and Washington are growing closer. The strategic implications are significant for the Indo-Pacific region.
These efforts focused on counter-terrorism have yet to be fully operationalized.
Political debate in Hong Kong has increasingly included expressions of fear that legal certainty is being eroded. These fears are misplaced.
A possible future on the Korean Peninsula of peace and mutual prosperity is visible now, but it will take much hard work yet to get there.
A recent Chatham House conference on North Korea evinced some pessimism that remains valid despite upcoming summits.
A gathering in Seoul in December offered pointers for the issues that will remain to be solved after the Trump-Kim meet.
Concerns for a just world pervade Gareth Evans’s Incorrigible Optimist: A Political Memoir.
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