Geopolitico

Afghan security guards inspect a damaged bus at the site of a suicide attack by the Taliban in Kabul on Dec.13. © AP

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 ...

  • Yves Tiberghien

    China-US axis takes center stage

    Who has the capacity to lead necessary adjustments in the global institutions that sustain the global economy? Does the apparent return of geopolitical confrontation spell doom for the global liberal regime? Advances in trade, finance and climate...

  • Anita Inder Singh

    Why China can't lend its way to Asian dominance

    Infrastructure finance is a tool of geopolitics, and Beijing wants to be Asia's banker. China recently joined Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa -- the other members of the so-called BRICS group of developing countries -- in creating the New Deve...

  • Sarah Oliver

    Fish stocks fall as sea disputes fester

    A Philippine court on Nov. 24 convicted nine Chinese fishermen of illegal fishing in disputed waters around the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. While the court's decision to fine the men $102,000 each is seen as less contentious than a decisi...

  • Stewart Firth

    Xi boosts China's South Pacific presence

    When Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into Fiji on Nov. 21, the government rolled out the red carpet and extended him a traditional welcome at Nadi airport. After all, Xi came bearing gifts: better visa arrangements for the first Pacific Island stat...

  • Takashi Shiraishi

    The shape of Asia 25 years after the Cold War

    How has the world changed over the 25 years since the end of the Cold War, and what should Japan do to meet these changes? In pondering these questions, we should first look at shifts in the global and regional distribution of wealth and power among ...

  • Nigel Gould-Davies

    Ukraine crisis highlights new Asian big powers game

    In this Pacific century the pendulum of economic power, and the political and military influence it brings, is swinging back towards Asia. But sudden shocks, harder to predict, will intrude on this slow rhythm. The Ukraine crisis is such a moment. Pr...

  • Arthur Herman

    Japanese subs still the best deal for Australia

    Australia's long-awaited decision to buy up to 12 Soryu-class submarines from Japan has struck another problem: Labor unions are pressuring Prime Minister Tony Abbott to open the bidding to replace the country's old Collins-class fleet to internation...

  • Vikram Nehru

    The ascent of Indonesia's presidency

    Indonesia's new president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, and U.S. President Barack Obama recently met several times in different countries while attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting in China, the East Asia summit in Myanmar and th...

  • Stewart Firth

    Xi visit shows Fiji sanctions' failure

    Fiji went to the polls in September for the first time in eight years. After the 2006 election, the incoming government was quickly overthrown by Commodore Frank Bainimarama, head of the military. This time, Bainimarama turned politician and led his ...

  • Humphrey Hawksley

    Why the UN belongs at the heart of Korea's DMZ

    On Oct. 31, at a conference in the United Nations' center in Geneva, a low-key delegation from South Korea unveiled details of an ambitious plan. There were no high-powered officials or ranks of press cameras to mark the event, although the prese...

  • Peter Tasker: When Abe met Xi -- the new normal in East Asia

    Chinese President Xi Jinping looked as if he'd dined on some bad sushi the night before. Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe looked as if he'd eaten a Chinese dumpling long past its expiry date. Such were the expressions on their faces as they went through a...