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ASEAN

Guess Who’s Coming to the G20 Dinner: Indonesia’s Delicate Diplomatic Dance

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Come what looks to be the trickiest summit ever, President Joko Widodo could bolster the G20’s relevance and Asia’s profile in world affairs.

India

The Indian Vision of Buddhist Diplomacy

Thursday, July 21, 2022

An outline of India’s pursuit of Buddhist diplomacy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who found a soulmate strategist in Japanese counterpart Abe Shinzo

United Kingdom

Rule Out Britannia: After Her, A Delusion?

Thursday, July 7, 2022

A reflection on Britain’s colonial past, its present political challenges, and its prospects for a global, post-Brexit future.

China

No Second-Rate Trade Deal: What RCEP Means for the Global Economy

Thursday, June 30, 2022

RCEP is a thoroughly modern trade accord that will boost trade in services and drive growth in trade and investment in “new” areas.

China

China’s Data Security Cooperation Initiatives and Their Implications

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Beijing’s moves will intensify the already heated China-US strategic rivalry.

ASEAN

The Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and ASEAN: Washington’s Hopes and Hanoi’s Wishes

Thursday, June 23, 2022

ASEAN members may find the IPEF an attractive platform for advancing economic engagement with the US.

China

Japan’s Foreign Policy Shift in Response to the Ukraine War: Parallels with Taiwan

Thursday, June 16, 2022

An analysis of the security challenges Tokyo faces, particularly with China, given the possibility that Beijing may attempt to take control of Taiwan.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in Turmoil: An Old-School Economic Crisis

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

International creditors should facilitate renegotiations of Colombo’s debt and press for efforts by the new prime minister to implement stabilizing measures and reforms

Philippines

Post-Duterte Philippine Foreign Policy: A Matter of Change – or of Seeking Equilibrium?

Thursday, May 5, 2022

The real issue is whether the new leader can find an appropriate balance in dealing with the two major powers in the Indo-Pacific region – China and the United States.

From “Over-Represented” to “Dangerous” Minority: A Comparison Between Chinese Americans and Soviet Jews

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Historian Dmitry Shlapentokh of Indiana University South Bend outlines the reasons why the US might be falling behind in the high-tech race.

Russia

The Ukraine War: Debunking Putin’s Propaganda and the Realist Rationale

Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Russian president will go down in history as the figure of this era who has done the most harm and caused so much tragedy.

Russia

Behind the US Concessions to the EU on Transatlantic Data Transfers

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Fundamental differences between the approaches of the two sides to data governance remain.

China

Misreading Strategic Intent: The Border Stand-Off and China-India Relations

Thursday, March 31, 2022

If Beijing wants to recruit India to China’s efforts at reshaping the world order, it will have to be sensitive to New Delhi’s deliberate geopolitical balancing.

China

Science Diplomacy is Required to Avert a South China Sea Ecological Collapse

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Countries in the region should focus on the opportunities offered by science diplomacy.

Russia

Economic Sanctions Against Russia Could Put the World’s Future at Stake

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Are these sanctions as efficient as they seem or claim to be?

China

Symbolism Over Substance: In the Ukraine Crisis, the EU Steps Up

Thursday, March 10, 2022

While the actions of Brussels and Berlin have been portrayed as something of a coming-into-their-own power play, the approach is redolent more of symbolism than substance

India

Power of Norms – or Norms of Power?: India’s Response to the Ukraine Crisis

Thursday, March 3, 2022

While much attention is on how China is approaching the Ukraine crisis, India’s posture could be more revealing of the volatile world of geopolitical rivalries.

China

Balancing Interests and Threats: Challenges for Korea’s Next President

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Asia Global Institute Fellow William H Overholt examines the geopolitics of Korea, focusing on its efforts to balance relations with China with its dependence on the US.