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US should help Vietnam counter China's coercion

Jul 01, 2014 - 7:10 AM

Cronin: China s tailored coercion is aimed not just at its neighbors but also at the United States

LATEST INCIDENT. This handout photo taken on June 23, 2014 and released to AFP on June 24, 2014 by Vietnam's maritime police allegedly shows a Chinese boat (left) supposedly ramming a Vietnamese vessel (right) in contested waters near China's deep sea drilling rig in the South China Sea. Photo by Vietnam's Maritime Police/AFP

The Indonesian election: Now a real horse race?

Jun 20, 2014 - 2:26 PM

La Porta: It is possible that Jokowi could achieve the 44 plurality some forecast in the presidential election but against Prabowo s rising 28 percent the election is increasingly becoming a real – and possibly too close to call – contest

FRIENDLY DEBATE. Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto (R) talks to his contender Joko Widodo (L) shortly after a debate in Jakarta on June 15, 2014. Indonesia will hold its presidential election on July 9, 2014. Photo by Adi Weda/ EPA

How Asian allies can contribute to the US rebalance

Jun 16, 2014 - 12:48 PM

Channer: Overall all US allies in Asia could assist the rebalance by deepening their links with each other increasing their interoperability and by investing more in multilateral forums

REBALANCING. A file image of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) (center) during a 2008 joint US-Japan naval exercise. Image courtesy US Navy

Obama in Malaysia: Looking beyond MH370

Apr 26, 2014 - 5:51 PM

La Porta: A presidential visit to Malaysia is long overdue and conditions could not be more favorable for enlarging the bilateral relationship in a mutually respectful way

OBAMA'S ARRIVAL. An American flag is seen installed along the roadside with Malaysian flags near the Malaysian prime minister's office building in Putrajaya, Malaysia for US President Barack Obama's state visit from April 26 to 28. Photo by Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Moving ASEAN-US security relations to a new level?

Apr 16, 2014 - 6:00 PM

Quintos and Teodoro: The US views ASEAN as a central and strategic player not only in the US rebalance to Asia [also] in the building of a strong and credible regional security architecture

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (C) makes opening remarks during a ministerial roundtable April 2, 2014 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Secretary Hagel is in Hawaii to host a meeting of defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on April 1 to 3. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

China's dilemma in the Ukraine crisis

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:22 AM

What is currently unfolding in Ukraine is a multifaceted political disaster for the communist government in China

FLYING PROUD. Chinese flags fly over the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 13, 2012. AFP/Mark Ralston

China's media crackdown a growing concern

Mar 14, 2014 - 8:15 AM

Eades: While state run Chinese media enjoy unrestricted access to the United States foreign media including US media organizations face increasing restrictions in China

Russia and Japan: Can 2+2 = more than 4?

Mar 13, 2014 - 12:23 PM

Blank: It is clear that the rapprochement is partly being driven forward by a growing mutual apprehension regarding China s increasingly aggressive stance in the region

China, India and Indonesia – Building trust amidst hostility

Feb 19, 2014 - 7:04 AM

The predominant culture of strategic autonomy in India and Indonesia seems to be dictating their economically beneficial and tension reducing exercises of cooperation with China

An emergent US security strategy in Southeast Asia

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:30 PM

Ott Ngo: Game theory predicts that in a competitive arena with multiple actors coalitions will form In Southeast Asia we are seeing the emergence of an incipient coalition in support of US security strategy

DISPUTED WATERS. This photograph taken on October 24, 2013 in the South China Sea shows US navy helicopters on the USS George Washington aircraft carrier. Martin Abbugao/AFP

Japan in East Asia: Challenges and opportunities for 2014

Jan 20, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Koga: Japan s diplomacy in 2014 requires strategic patience and there are three diplomatic steps that help achieve it

A Japanese national flag blows in the wind as cranes are seen in the background at Tokyo Port, Japan, 20 May 2009. Franck Robichon/EPA

Innovation, the 'Third Arrow' and US-Japan relations

Jan 12, 2014 - 8:12 AM

Connell: A growing prosperous Japan benefits the United States and a TPP agreement will accelerate and further deepen integration

EVENING LIGHTS. This picture taken on 18 October 2013shows cargo ships berthing alongside a container wharf in the port of Tokyo. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Beijing on cross-strait relations: Waiting for the melon to drop

Dec 13, 2013 - 8:22 AM

In Beijing a favorable combination of institutional integration political consolidation and leadership expertise is enabling China s leaders to manage cross strait relations with confidence and patience

Rebalancing the US Army towards Asia

Dec 12, 2013 - 7:58 AM

To reassure regional allies and partners as well as balance against potential foes the force must better enumerate its shift through more transparent messaging both at home and abroad

REBALANCING. A file image of the USS George Washington (CVN 73) (center) during a 2008 joint US-Japan naval exercise. Image courtesy US Navy

The rise of China: what to watch for

Dec 04, 2013 - 10:30 AM

Having stoked a nationalistic and triumphal atmosphere at home to shore up its own shaky legitimacy the Chinese Communist Party leadership is under pressure to settle international scores in China s favor now that the country is an emergent great power

FLYING PROUD. Chinese flags fly over the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 13, 2012. AFP/Mark Ralston

Vietnam in ASEAN and ASEAN in Vietnam

Nov 22, 2013 - 2:17 PM

Vietnam recognizes that by working with ASEAN it can have a greater impact on regional and global events rather than by just acting alone

Myanmar-China-US: The potential for triangular cooperation

Nov 17, 2013 - 6:30 AM

Those in China the United States or Myanmar who view the Sino US relationship in Myanmar as a zero sum game are wrong

North Korea and Mongolia: A new partnership for two old friends?

Nov 15, 2013 - 8:13 AM

Mongolia s primary benefit from its relationship with North Korea is the support this provides to Mongolia s third neighbor partners

Getting to full bloom in US-Malaysia ties

Nov 10, 2013 - 6:30 AM

US diplomatic attention to Malaysia is only beginning to match the growing importance of the bilateral relationship

China-ASEAN ties: same principles, different specifics

Nov 04, 2013 - 7:22 AM

The consensus on principles such as mutual trust cooperation and mutual respect is highly valued by both sides but is still not enough to resolve the specific differences concerning disputes in the South China Sea

A Japan-US alliance for the 21st Century

Nov 03, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Japan s primary concern regarding the alliance is the gradual decline of US involvement in Asia brought about by a mixture US defense budget cuts sequestration and domestic political gridlock

ROK-US Alliance at 60: vigorous, but vigilance required

Oct 28, 2013 - 11:48 AM

he ROK US security and defense alliance has been an exemplary model of cooperation but the world is changing

Turkey's evolving strategic balance with Northeast Asia

Oct 23, 2013 - 8:14 AM

While Turkey s relationship with Japan and South Korea will continue to develop it is the economic relationship with China that will continue to the primary focus for Turkish policymakers

China's anti-drug policies in the Golden Triangle

Sep 28, 2013 - 5:04 PM

Successive Chinese leaders have sought to address this nontraditional security challenge

Patterns of military behavior in Myanmar legislature

Sep 25, 2013 - 11:45 AM

All indications are that there is a long way to go before the Myanmar military fully returns to the barracks

'Why the 2015 deadline for the ASEAN economic integration?'

Sep 21, 2013 - 2:49 PM

The potential of an integrated region with a population of 600 million a 2 trillion GDP and good growth prospects is raising ASEAN s profile in the eyes of US investors

Australia's foreign, defense policies after the polls: Howard 2.0?

Sep 15, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Abbott has plainly signaled that he sees this government as a continuation of that which was voted out in 2007

Japan-US Alliance: In danger of drifting apart?

Sep 12, 2013 - 9:12 AM

The fact is that the alliance is not as close as many think and there are three core reasons why: namely the incompatibility of values a differing world view and alternative versions of history

South Korea's Creative Economy Agenda

Sep 10, 2013 - 10:28 AM

The convergence of science and technology with industry the fusion of culture and industry and the blossoming of creativity in the very borders that were once permeated by barriers

NGOs, Piracy and Maritime Crime in Southeast Asia

Sep 06, 2013 - 9:27 PM

The establishment of a regional forum where NGOs can meet to discuss a comprehensive strategy to end the problem of piracy and maritime crime in Southeast Asia over the long term would be a very important development

Abe's real challenge: Japan's economy

Aug 18, 2013 - 8:30 AM

The key issue is whether Shinzo Abe understands the importance of economic recovery as the source of his legitimacy

PH's security cooperation with US, Japan

Aug 11, 2013 - 1:42 PM

The question of access to Philippine military facilities by other countries should be carefully discussed and thoroughly examined