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Infrastructure Financing and the Drive for Influence in Indo-Pacific

In recent years, infrastructure development has been given too much attention in the geo-economic strategies of various countries in Indo-Pacific. In line with this objective, many countries have created Development Finance Institutions…

Contrasting Facets of China: ‘Peaceful Rise’ vs. Prominent Military Expansion

China’s military reform and planning have long been a complicated issue as it contrasts the Chinese facet of ‘peaceful rise’. This facet has important regional and global implications.

Inter-Korean Summits Fuel US-North Korea Talks Momentum

The second summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jung Un is likely to be held in the middle of February 2019. The main objective of this…

Energy Dimensions of South China Sea In The Indo Pacific Region

Over the last few years, the unprecedented level of economic growth in the Indo-Pacific region has led to a pro-active energy policy-making by the countries in this region. The consumption rate of…

The Quest for AI in Military Affairs – U.S- China at Crossroads

The pace with which the Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategies have been unveiled by 22 prominent states in the last 15 months, in a way reveals the extent of growing dependence on the…

The Question of Religious Freedom in China: An Assessment of America’s Views

There has been a consistent dissatisfaction in US regarding the human rights abuses in China in the past decades but the recent awareness of the existence of internment camps in Xinjiang province…

US’ Huawei Ban and the Ongoing 5G Race with China

Huawei comes under a long list of Chinese companies that had been subjected to restrictions from doing business in the United States. In all these cases, the Trump administration and the Obama…

Democracy under watch! As Indonesia goes for Elections this April

Indonesia will go for Presidential and legislative election in April; it will be crucial to watch the extent to which Social Media is used in bringing the elements of hate and fear…

American Mood Swings and the Overdue Japanese Moment: From TPP to CPTPP

Japan’s challenge to keep its interests intact while hesitatingly moving towards a possible US-Japan FTA presents a dilemma to a nation that is otherwise interested in multilateral engagement.