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Asia / Blog

Insecurity and popularity contests – Food, India and China

Image: Indian and Chinese flags merged. Image source: Simeon Scott via Wikimedia Commons.

Have you noticed? Food security is a trending topic at the moment.

On the one hand, nations and their chief negotiators await the end of the summer break at the World Trade Organization (WTO), and start to talk openly about strategies, after a …

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Americas / Asia

Renew, Rebalance, or Reinvigorate? Rethinking the “Pivot to Asia”

United States President Barack Obama arrives on board helicopter Marine One before departing for a trip to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia on 17 November 2012. Photo source: White House/Lawrence Jackson via Wikimedia Commons.

Before we turn to Asia one thing must be clear: the Obama Administration’s foreign policy legacy will be judged, rightly or wrongly, …

China's Chief Naval Commander Adm. Wu Shengli and U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert salute in Beijing during a July meeting. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)
Americas / Asia

America’s China paradox: Military leaders bridge a political divide

China’s Chief Naval Commander Adm. Wu Shengli and U.S. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert salute in Beijing during a July meeting. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

Go search “China U.S.” in Google News.

Looks pretty grim, doesn’t it? As of late, tussles over territory, trade disputes and fundamentally …

The helecopter carrier HMAS Canberra during her final stages of fitting out. Photo Source: Joe Ritson via Wikimedia Commons
Asia / Blog

Australia’s Evolving Defence Policy

The helecopter carrier HMAS Canberra during her final stages of fitting out. Photo Source: Joe Ritson via Wikimedia Commons

The recent sailing for sea trials of the new Royal Australian Navy (RAN) helicopter carrier, HMAS Canberra, marked a major step forward in the ongoing revitalisation of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) capacity for expeditionary operations. …

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Asia / Blog

China-Japan Tensions Need to be Taken Seriously

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The violent response in Vietnam to Chinese and Taiwanese businesses after China began drilling for oil in disputed maritime areas is just the latest in a long line of skirmishes and rising tensions in East and Southeast Asia. Where these concern the bilateral territorial disagreements between China and Japan, there is …

Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor serving from May 2002 to May 2007. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.org
Asia / Blog

The Legacy of East Timor’s First Post-Independence President

Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor serving from May 2002 to May 2007. Photo source: Antonio Cruz/ABr via Wikimedia Commons.

Proud pillars stand at naked attention in the city’s ruined streets.  After ten years, the rubble has become an antiquated landmark, not quite obsequious to its surroundings, but alluring in its own anachrony.

This is the …

Armed police and vehicles on the streets of Urumqi in 2009. Photo source: Andrew An via Flickr Creative Commons.
Asia / Blog

Leaving the Dragon Behind: The Threat of Separatism in China

Armed police and vehicles on the streets of Urumqi in 2009. Photo source: Andrew An via Flickr Creative Commons.

As the NATO deadline for withdrawal from Afghanistan looms on the horizon, policymakers are posed with the moral dilemma of treating war weariness at the expense of a thirteen year campaign, $700 billion and numerous coalition …

Anti-Japanese demonstrations in Beijing
Asia / Blog

Hopes for improved Sino–Japanese relations: A Response

Anti-Japanese demonstrations in Beijing. Photo Source: Voice of America via Wikimedia Commons.

Last month, Tim Williams wrote an article for Future Foreign Policy entitled “Hopes for improved Sino–Japanese relations.” In it he stated that there are ‘two major issues [that] make Sino–Japanese relations more unpredictable than they should be’: ‘the Japanese pacifist constitution’ and ‘Japan’s …

Map of India's infamous "Red Corridor" of Naxalite activities; Photo Credit: WikiMedia Commons
Asia / Blog

Naxalites – Law and Order or Development Issue for India?

Map of India’s infamous “Red Corridor” of Naxalite activities; Photo Source: Hunnjazal via Wikimedia Commons.

The world’s largest democracy. Rising economic engine of growth. Science. Technology. Growing population. These are just some initial thoughts that come to mind when I think of India.

However, underpinning these globalization and modernization themes is the persistence of a Maoist-inspired …

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Asia / Blog

A Preview of the April 2014 Afghan and Iraqi Elections

An Iraqi woman votes in Rawah in 2005. Photo source: Lance Cpl. Shane S. Keller via Wikimedia Commons

Whilst most of the attention received by Afghanistan and Iraq in the popular consciousness centres upon the almost daily reports of violent conflict, it is highly unlikely that there will be any military resolution to the problems …