Geopolitico

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...

  • Anders Corr: China threat requires an Asian NATO

    The increasing belligerence of China in the East and South China seas, and towards India, has fundamentally destabilized the security dynamics of Asia. Japan is seeking a closer alliance with India, and is likely seeking advanced offensive weapons fr...

  • Gary Schmitt: Why China won't condemn Russia over Crimea

    A revealing shift in China's official attitudes to foreign policy lies in Beijing's lack of criticism over the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Its silence has been conspicuous in light of China's longstanding pronouncements ...

  • Peter Tasker: Out or in, Scotland has lessons for the rest of the world

    Scotland's referendum on independence has a message for Asia and other countries far from Edinburgh Castle, current resting place of the Stone of Scone, the ancient symbol of Scottish nationhood. The message is that history has not ended, and in fact...

  • Brian Toohey: Australia plays dangerous game with defense shift

    Almost unnoticed, Australia has reverted to a forward defense doctrine abandoned during the Cold War in the 1960s. The change is all the more remarkable because the earlier policy did not threaten the profitability of the country's biggest busine...

  • David I. Steinberg: Myanmar -- foreign policy success, paternity and reality

    President Barack Obama claimed in a speech at West Point Military Academy on May 28 that U.S. leadership helped bring Myanmar into the international community. Progress there "could be reversed," he admitted, though adding that if the country succeed...

  • Vikram Nehru: A new approach to problem-solving in the South China Sea

    China's rebuff of U.S. Secretary of State Kerry's proposal that it freeze "provocative" acts in the South China Sea, made at the recent Asean Regional Forum meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, was both predictable and predicted. In the face of an unyieldi...

  • Arthur Herman: Time to open the door to US-Japan weapons trade

    Will Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new emphasis on a "collective self defense" policy for Japan be a source of friction and fear for Japan's neighbors, as some commentators suggest? Or will it be a future source of stability in the region and,...

  • Korn Chatikavanij: Southeast Asia and Thailand need passion and speed

    Looking at the ongoing tragedy in Ukraine, it has become apparent that the conflict there is happening because of the weakened positions of both the U.S. and Europe in the current geopolitical landscape. This phenomenon is creating power vacuums in p...

  • Prachi Priya: What the Sino-Indian nexus means for the region

    A recent meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil reinforced an increasingly positive tone in the Asian nations' relationship. During their 80-minute discu...

  • Lawrence Freedman: A look at the beginnings of World War I and the salami-slicers of today

    As we reach the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we find there is still no consensus on its origin. This is because there was no single cause. The complicated background to the war inevitably limits our ability to draw clear lessons. Th...

  • Thitinan Pongsudhirak: The geopolitical ripples of Thailand's coup

    BANGKOK -- Thailand's May 22 military coup has generated striking geopolitical divides across the globe, as seen in the range of responses, from Washington and Beijing to Southeast Asian and European capitals and beyond. Western powers, particularly ...