A policeman stands guard next to giant portraits of Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain, left, China's President Xi Jinping, center, and Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, ahead of the Chinese leader's visit in Islamabad on April 19. © Reuters

Kamal Alam

China's road to Kabul runs through Islamabad

China is forging deeper ties with Pakistan and Afghanistan to sure up security on its borders with Central Asia, argues Kamal Alam.

  • Sam Roggeveen

    New US defense chief highlights uneasy military balance in Asia-Pacific

    The new U.S. secretary of defense has given an unmistakable message to Beijing -- Washington has no intention of surrendering its leadership in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Kent E. Calder

    Abe's historic US visit comes at critical time in Asian diplomacy

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's U.S. visit underscores the countries' improving ties at a delicate time in Asian diplomacy, says Kent Calder.

  • Borroz and Marston

    Despite appearances, Thailand and Myanmar are not 'trading in' their allies

    Things are changing in Southeast Asia as Myanmar and Thailand reposition themselves diplomatically, write Borroz and Marston.

  • Aung Naing Oo

    Myanmar peace process enters uncharted waters

    President Thein Sein's efforts have put Myanmar on the right track toward peace, and now the country is entering a critical phase, writes Aung Naing Oo

  • Daniel Twining

    History may judge US leadership on Iran nuclear deal

    Washington's long-awaited nuclear deal with Iran prompted relief in Tehran over a likely end to international isolation, global hopes for a reduction in tensions in the Middle East, and skepticism in the U.S. Congress, where many cite Iran's longstan...

  • Aaron Menenberg, Stephen Rodriguez

    Japan grapples with the age of terrorism

    As Japan grappled with the notion that it had become a target for the extremist group Islamic State following the hostage crisis earlier this year, the country's foreign minister Fumio Kishida outlined a strategy for dealing with Islamic terrorism. I...

  • Hamish McDonald

    Australia needs a foreign policy

    Halfway through the current three-year parliamentary term, Australia's international standing is showing damage, says Hamish McDonald.

  • Daniel Twining

    European rush to join China's AIIB threatens trans-Atlantic alliance

    Europe's swing to China's new development bank exposes the drift in trans-Atlantic relations, Daniel Twining argues.

  • Humphrey Hawksley

    Russia's 'Go East' policy shakes up Asia

    Washington's best response may be to work with China in building regional trade organizations, says Humphrey Hawksley

  • Arthur Herman

    Japan's cyberthreats -- lessons from the US

    Japan has done little to safeguard its government institutions and businesses from hackers. That is beginning to change, writes Arthur Herman.

  • Manasi Pritam and Maihan Saeedi

    India risks marginalization in Afghanistan

    As the U.S. and its NATO allies pull out of Afghanistan, regional powers Pakistan and China are seeking a wider role in the troubled state. This presents a strategic challenge to the new governments in Kabul and New Delhi. Afghanistan is seen b...

  • Daniel Twining

    Why Asia is ready for a US-India-Japan alliance

    Democracy has not featured as a theme of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy. He took office promising to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, not to remake those countries in America's image. The Arab Spring turned into a nightmare, l...

  • Bilahari Kausikan

    How history is helping to rebalance Asia

    The U.S., China and Japan are groping toward a new equilibrium in their relationship with each other and with other countries in East Asia. The adjustments underway are complex and psychologically wrenching. Profound interdependence among the U.S., C...

  • Bob Carr

    Asia infrastructure bank: Better in than out

    It was sad that Australia announced on Oct. 31 last year that it would not be part of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the new regional development institution being organized by China. It was sadder that the announcement was made f...

  • David I. Steinberg

    Myanmar, when 'backsliding' is a matter of interpretation

    The year 2015 will bring promises and problems for Myanmar. The international media, and official circles in the West, have in recent months focused on what some term "backsliding" in Myanmar, which the U.S. still officially calls Burma. There is muc...

  • Humphrey Hawksley

    A Eurasian zone for Russia to create or destroy

    With little fanfare, much disinterest and some ridicule, a new regional grouping was established on Jan. 1, with the grand vision of creating an economic zone stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The declared aim of the Eurasian Economic ...

  • Brahma Chellaney

    From a nonaligned to multialigned India?

    When a country hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama in rapid succession for bilateral meetings, it demonstrates its ability to forge partnerships with rival powers and broker cooperative...

  • Daniel Twining

    Asia should focus on its own 'pivot to Asia'

    Much has been made of the intensifying strategic competition between the U.S. and China, with Beijing working to edge America out of its Asian neighborhood even as Washington doubles down on its regional partnerships and presence. Less attention has ...

  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Mekong mainland future hinges on China, Japan

    It is now clear that the China-Japan dynamic is the most consequential factor in the steady rise of the so-called "Mekong mainland" of Southeast Asian countries along the mighty river. Both powers have helped shape the regional contours and economic ...