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Philippines’ aspirational maritime power: Is it achievable by 2028?
Sep 01, 2021

Philippines’ aspirational maritime power: Is it achievable by 2028?

As the Philippines prepares to elect a new President next year, we evaluate if the country’s ambitious armed forces modernisation programme can be i

Prepare for war in the East China Sea
Dec 17, 2013

Prepare for war in the East China Sea

The Chinese say that their interests in the East China Sea are what bother them the most because of their proximity to the Chinese heartland. The South China Sea, they insist, is not a problem area of the same dimension. Beijing's unambiguous goal is to isolate Japan, divide the ASEAN and befuddle the United States.

Quad takes another step forward
Feb 24, 2022

Quad takes another step forward

Though there are lingering differences within the group, the need to counter China’s challenge is an area of converging interest.

Reinvigorating United States-Philippines Defence Partnership
Feb 06, 2023

Reinvigorating United States-Philippines Defence Partnership

The Philippines has decided to ramp up its defence ties with the US. How will this growing bonhomie impact Philippines-China relations remains to be s

Risks of putting all eggs in China basket
Apr 30, 2020

Risks of putting all eggs in China basket

The weaknesses in its economy and choppy geopolitical waters should give pause to those hoping for a China-led global revival

Robots at war: The future for autonomous systems at sea in the Indo-Pacific
Mar 24, 2021

Robots at war: The future for autonomous systems at sea in the Indo-Pacific

It is not inconceivable that by the 2040s, much of the fighting will be done by the robots, with their human masters kept well behind harm’s way.

SCO Summit: A Russian perspective
Jun 22, 2017

SCO Summit: A Russian perspective

Moscow is interested in continuing the SCO's expansion — primarily by making Iran a member.

Second Thomas Shoal: The new battleground
May 05, 2014

Second Thomas Shoal: The new battleground

The Second Thomas Shoal is the new flashpoint in the South China Sea. Solving it is vital for the region. The ASEAN definitely has the potential to facilitate dialogue with China. It must seize this opportunity or risk living with the consequences of failing to do so.

Sharif in China: How Are China-Pakistan Ties?
Nov 11, 2022

Sharif in China: How Are China-Pakistan Ties?

For all the right statements and claims of the unbreakable, iron-clad relationship between Beijing and Islamabad, there was very little substance to Sharif’s trip.

Sport as Geopolitics
Dec 23, 2021

Sport as Geopolitics

The US’s diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics is setting the stage for the addition of another dimension to the US-China saga of widening confrontation

Squad and the rise of minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific
May 24, 2024

Squad and the rise of minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific

The rise in Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific has prompted the emergence of Squad—a minilateral grouping between the US, Japan, Australia and t

Strengthening Vietnam-Japan Security Cooperation
Sep 05, 2013

Strengthening Vietnam-Japan Security Cooperation

China's increased assertiveness in the South China Sea has been pushing Japan and Vietnam towards greater security cooperation. Bilateral security cooperation has been increasing.

Summitry in the East and India's Asean ambitions
Nov 03, 2021

Summitry in the East and India's Asean ambitions

India's positive role in the region was also highlighted during the India-Asean Summit

Teaming up in the Indo-Pacific: JAI dialogue
Sep 26, 2019

Teaming up in the Indo-Pacific: JAI dialogue

Counter-proliferation, counterterrorism, maritime security, maritime domain awareness and HADR are some of the potential areas for JAI to work togethe

Thailand’s geopolitical dilemma: Aligning with China while honouring US ties
Sep 10, 2023

Thailand’s geopolitical dilemma: Aligning with China while honouring US ties

Navigating the delicate balance between its association with the US and China amidst their ongoing global geopolitical competition presents a signific

The border challenge
May 27, 2020

The border challenge

The fact that more Chinese soldiers are now crossing over into the Indian side can be the result of growing Chinese aggressiveness on territorial issues

The BrahMos outreach
Mar 18, 2021

The BrahMos outreach

With India determined to develop itself as a hub of defence manufacturing, how it handles the sale of the BrahMos would be an important factor in its

The centrality of the East Asia summit is under challenge
Jul 07, 2022

The centrality of the East Asia summit is under challenge

Steering clear of strategic issues by only focusing on non-traditional security challenges has led to a decline in the relevance of the EAS Summit.

The Chinese chatter on the eve of the Chinese defence minister’s India visit
Apr 26, 2023

The Chinese chatter on the eve of the Chinese defence minister’s India visit

There is a deepening concern amongst the Chinese strategic community over the convergence of interest between the US and India.

The curious case of the PLAN 093-147
Oct 10, 2023

The curious case of the PLAN 093-147

The tragic loss of life aboard a Chinese nuclear attack submarine should be a moment of reflection for the PLAN and other nuclear submarine operating

The Eastern Corridor and the Law of the Sea: Ensuring Sea-Lane Security
Dec 01, 2020

The Eastern Corridor and the Law of the Sea: Ensuring Sea-Lane Security

The Eastern Corridor is a crucial highway for global trade flows, where any disruption could severely affect the global economy. The route comprises some of the world’s most vulnerable Sea Lanes of Communication (SCLOs), with potential flashpoints such as the South China Sea. For years, these SLOCs have been characterised by tensions in South Asia and Southeast Asia; the more recent years are seeing a heightening of both intent and capacity for

The importance of India’s defence partnership with Vietnam
Jun 28, 2022

The importance of India’s defence partnership with Vietnam

As Vietnam seeks to diversify its arms purchases, India could emerge as a potential exporter of defence equipment.

The India ASEAN AOIP-IPOI cooperation
Oct 15, 2022

The India ASEAN AOIP-IPOI cooperation

India and ASEAN commemorate three decades of dialogue partnership this year with the region being more strategically sensitive than ever before

The new US Indo-Pacific Strategy: Balancing continuity with new and evolving environment
Mar 15, 2022

The new US Indo-Pacific Strategy: Balancing continuity with new and evolving environment

The United States' Indo-Pacific strategy continues to focus on bolstering its security and counterbalancing China's influence in the Indo-Pacific regi

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict: Impact on Southeast Asia
Mar 11, 2023

The ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict: Impact on Southeast Asia

The disruptions in the supply of key commodities have affected the geographically-distant economies of Southeast Asia

The politics of geography and economy — Will Asian geopolitics become hostage to the Middle Kingdom narrative?
Dec 28, 2020

The politics of geography and economy — Will Asian geopolitics become hostage to the Middle Kingdom narrative?

With both China and the United States jockeying for position, nearly every geopolitical challenge facing Asia will be exacerbated by this new phase of

The possibility of a Chinese base in Cambodia: Reality, rationale, and impact
Jun 29, 2022

The possibility of a Chinese base in Cambodia: Reality, rationale, and impact

If a Chinese-funded military base were to come to Cambodia, it will affect regional security in the Southeast Asian region.

The Quad is rebalancing
May 30, 2023

The Quad is rebalancing

The Pacific theatre is now an obvious area of interest to boost non-traditional activities by the Quad countries

The relevance of the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum
Nov 08, 2022

The relevance of the Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum

The EAMF is fighting for space in an already crowded and complicated geopolitical context and geography

The Simmering Boundary: A “new normal” at the India–China border? | Part 2
Jun 14, 2020

The Simmering Boundary: A “new normal” at the India–China border? | Part 2

Past experience and Occam’s razor suggest wolf warrior diplomacy has seized the day.

The spoils of World War 2 are handing World War 3 victories to China
Sep 21, 2021

The spoils of World War 2 are handing World War 3 victories to China

The World Bank Group’s manipulation of Doing Business rankings to promote China is part of a larger and continuing malaise that needs to end now

The state of play in Sino-Japanese relations
Jun 14, 2017

The state of play in Sino-Japanese relations

The expression "economically warm and politically cold" is perhaps very apt to characterise their relations in recent years.

The U.S. Escalates Chips War With China
Apr 03, 2023

The U.S. Escalates Chips War With China

Global geopolitics is in a state of intense flux. China’s rise has led to greater competition in the international system, with the United States and the post-War global order coming under increasing challenge. China’s high economic growth rate in the past several decades has meant bigger military budgets. In turn, its military rise threatens security in the Indo-Pacific region where China seeks to dominate, from the Himalayas to South China

The U.S.-India Relationship Is the Quad’s Litmus Test
Sep 30, 2021

The U.S.-India Relationship Is the Quad’s Litmus Test

Washington and New Delhi must overcome some key differences for the group to succeed.

The US and China theatre under Biden starts in Alaska
Mar 23, 2021

The US and China theatre under Biden starts in Alaska

Far from being a failure, the Alaska meeting seems to have begun the process of resetting US-China relations in a positive direction once again.

The world has its eyes set on how Biden takes on China
Feb 10, 2021

The world has its eyes set on how Biden takes on China

America’s leader has signalled the continuity of its China policy but Indo-Pacific countries aren’t yet sure of it

The ‘QuadFather’: The Legacy of Shinzo Abe and the Quad
Aug 16, 2023

The ‘QuadFather’: The Legacy of Shinzo Abe and the Quad

Before the rise of Xi Jinping—before the Beijing Olympics and the South China Sea tensions and the China-India border crisis—the late former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had already sensed that a rising China would pose daunting challenges to its neighbours and the regional order. This brief argues that without Abe, there would likely have been no ‘Quad’ grouping joining Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. His re