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Geopolitics / Asia

Thailand’s Energy Shortages Raise Political Temperature

Jun 05, 2013 at 16:49 | John Daly

Thailand has not had an easy time over the past several years. The government was reshuffled in 2011, the country was hit with massive flooding in October of the same…

Myanmar Attracting Major Energy Investors

May 31, 2013 at 16:56 | Daniel J. Graeber

China's national oil company said it's finished building six new oil storage tanks on a tiny island off the coast of Myanmar. More work is planned there in terms of…

Proposed Kazakh-Indian Pipeline a Long Shot at Best

Mar 14, 2013 at 18:10 | John Daly

Oilmen are undoubtedly the capitalist world’s most hardy risk takers. There is no region too unsettled, nor government too corrupt, to dissuade them from their mission to drill for the…

North Korean Insanity Part of Geopolitical Game

Mar 06, 2013 at 13:54 | Charles Kennedy

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be colorful, but he isn’t crazy. There is logic behind the intensified war rhetoric, and while it may be convenient for the…

North Korea: Preparing for War

Feb 21, 2013 at 17:02 | Charles Kennedy

The latest in the North Korea drama is the release of a video portraying US President Barack Obama and American troops going up in flames. But it’s not just…

China Decides that South China Sea Oil is a National Asset

Feb 15, 2013 at 17:42 | John Daly

While the Western press is fixated on both recent North Korean nuclear tests and Beijing’s recent skirmishes with Japan over the Senkaku (“Diaoyu” in Chinese) islands, other maritime issues have…

India Enters the Fray as the South China Sea Dispute Continues

Dec 06, 2012 at 16:50 | Geopolitical Monitor

Although the Xi Jinping administration is now secure enough in its transition to power to put nationalist jingoism back in the box from whence it came, recent events suggest that…

EXCLUSIVE: Beijing Sinking Teeth into Western Turf in Asia

Nov 07, 2012 at 17:40 | Daniel J. Graeber

Representatives from Russian energy company Gazprom met this week with Kazakh officials to discuss the natural gas potential in the region. Gazprom said delivering gas from Kazakhstan to members of…

Myanmar: New Frontline for East-West Oil Rush

Oct 31, 2012 at 19:15 | Charles Kennedy

Welcome to Myanmar, formerly Burma. A gateway to the Indian Ocean for China and the home of massive oil and gas wealth that is an important element of America’s Asia…

Is Pakistan's Paranoia Pushing it Into a Nuclear War with India?

Oct 26, 2012 at 18:00 | Felix Imonti

The possibility of a nuclear war between Pakistan and India grows every day.  If the Pakistanis do not bring under control the terrorist groups in the country and resolve the…

Duel in the East China Sea

Oct 12, 2012 at 17:39 | Dian L. Chu

With Bin Laden and Gaddafi out of the picture, the geopolitical headline is now shifting to Asia/China.  The most recent excitement came from a 3-way bitter territorial feud over eight…

Chinese-Japanese Senkaku Island Dispute - Vital U.S. Strategic Interest or Not?

Sep 26, 2012 at 17:35 | John Daly

As the U.S. repositions its military forces to assume a great role in the Western Pacific, the state Department has taken a position to defend the contested Senkaku islands, which…

Will the Territory Dispute in the South China Sea Lead to War?

Aug 09, 2012 at 17:04 | Dave Summers

In the introductory remarks to these posts on Chinese energy supplies and usage, I mentioned that one of the concerns beginning to be evident lies in disputes over the…

Cold War Threatens as China's Military Spending Increases

Jun 15, 2012 at 17:14 | Editorial Dept

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Has Julia Gillard's Time in Power Ruined Australia's Economy?

May 11, 2012 at 16:55 | Gregory R. Copley

Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s Labour Party (ALP)-dominated coalition Government of Australia has clung to power without an express public mandate since the August 21, 2010, House of Representatives elections. This…

Will North Korea Disappear if We Ignore It?

Apr 26, 2012 at 17:50 | Charles Kennedy

As North Korea celebrates 80 years and uses the occasion to lash out at the treacherous South with vows of a “sacred war” and to boast of its nuclear strike…

U.S. Risks Involvement in Regional Central Asian Disputes

Apr 12, 2012 at 16:56 | John Daly

The Pentagon, clearly unsettled by its proposed 2014 drawdown of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, has cast its net wide to retain a presence in Central Asia’s post-Soviet states.…

Pakistan and India to go to War over Water?

Apr 04, 2012 at 17:28 | John Daly

A peaceful and stable Pakistan is integral to western efforts to pacify Afghanistan, but Islamabad’s obsessions with its giant eastern neighbor may render such issues moot.Since partition in 1947,…

India and China Vie for Influence in Nepal

Mar 13, 2012 at 18:01 | John Daly

In the titanic struggle for world supremacy fought between the U.S. and USSR between 1945 and 1991, all eyes were focused on their attempts to bring Third world nations to…

China's Benign Foreign Policy Image at Odds with South China Sea Stance

Feb 19, 2012 at 12:35 | John Daly

Beijing for years has relentlessly projected a benign image in its foreign policy, but as its maritime neighbors are discovering, China’s pacifist representations do not extend to energy issues, most…

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