Geopolitico

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...

  • Joshua Walker: Reimagining the US-Japan alliance

    As it approaches the 70th year since the end of World War II, the U.S.-Japan relationship could benefit from closer critical scrutiny. The alliance has weathered many storms over the decades, and it is important to celebrate its past achievements. Bu...

  • Brahma Chellaney: A broken international system?

    Three upcoming summits -- the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Beijing, the annual East Asia Summit in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, and the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia -- will bring together a host of world leaders, including U.S. President...

  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak: When global terror goes retail

    The recent terrorist incidents in Australia and Canada may be more significant -- and disturbing -- than they may at first seem. No longer a top-down and organized international network of Jihadist cells with a command and control hierarchy, global t...

  • Humphrey Hawksley: China will pay a price in Taiwan for its handling of Hong Kong

    The support recently expressed by Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and his call for the mainland to move toward democracy, immediately pose two challenging questions to the Communist Party leadership in China. ...

  • Daniel Twining: Upending the new global order

    The world has a new G-7. The Group of Seven once comprised the world's leading industrialized economies -- in North America, Europe and Japan. Now, the International Monetary Fund calculates that the combined gross domestic product of the seven bigge...

  • Gregory Poling: China's legal guessing game in the Spratlys -- reef, rock or island?

    In June, the Philippine government released photographic evidence documenting China's efforts to expand five tiny spits of land it occupies in the disputed Spratly Islands: Johnson, Cuarteron, Hughes, Gaven and Eldad reefs. Subsequent reports have su...