GEOPOLITICS

Belt and Road in Southeast Asia: Inevitable Storms

Perhaps one of the most ambitious foreign policy proposals ever made by China, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a clear indication of the transition in Chinese foreign policy…
SECURITY

Denuclearizing North Korea: What Must Happen Next

The late Anglo-American essayist and poet T. S. Eliot once said, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we…
ASIA-PACIFIC

The Power of Three: How US-China-Japan Dynamics Shape Asia Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as the host of G20 Summit in Osaka, sat between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, trying to “mediate” the differences, even…
POLITICS

Democratic Backsliding: Lessons from Interwar Japan

In the summer of 1989, when Francis Fukuyama published his article “The End of History?” in The National Interest and suggested that the battle of big ideologies was over, it…
ECONOMICS

With Belt and Road Projects, Consider the China Risk

Through its Belt and Road Initative (BRI), China is offering support for long-term development in infrastructure-poor regions. It provides opportunities for financing much-needed projects to improve regional integration and links…
INFRASTRUCTURE

Time for a European Response to China’s Belt and Road

The Chinese government has set an example for the rest of the world with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It is supporting the improvement of infrastructure in 68 countries…
HEALTH

How the Global Sleep Deficit is Bankrupting Humanity

When Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, told the local South China Morning Post newspaper in 2018 that her busy schedule meant she slept only…
INFRASTRUCTURE

High-Speed Rail Rivalry: Can China and Japan Drive Sustainability?

As Japan readies to host the leaders of G20 nations on June 28-29 in Osaka, it has signaled its resolve to tackle an aspect of…
REGIONALIZATION

Splintering Global Supply Chains: Asia’s Worst Nightmare?

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was speaking for the rest of Asia when he told a Washington, DC, audience last month that the protracted US-China…
ECONOMY

G20 Alert: The Trade War Gets Existential

It is no exaggeration to say that the escalation of the trade war has put the likelihood of a new global recession triggered by the…
GEOPOLITICS

India in the World: Modi’s Moment in the Sun – or the Shade?

When Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister of India in May 2014, among the guests at the ceremony was Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime…
DIPLOMACY

How the Rules-Based International Order Took Root

Founded on the principle of the rule of law, the United States is largely governed by lawyers, though not as much as decades ago. The…
TRADE

Could the US and China Have Avoided Escalating Their Trade War?

The US and China are in the middle of a tit-for-tat escalation of their year-long trade war. The first eight rounds of negotiations pushed the…
ECONOMY

Acche Din, Redux: The Business Outlook for Modi’s Second Term

The election victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was extraordinary and unexpected. Opinion polling and recent state election…
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