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Geopolitics / Asia

Azerbaijan: Energy Rich and Water Poor - For Now

Oct 07, 2010 at 10:04 | Shahin Abbasov

Energy-rich Azerbaijan may have made gains of late in giving its citizens reliable access to gas and electricity, but on one key front, potable water, the government is lagging. A…

Watershed Strategic Ramifications Expected from Pakistan Flood Disaster

Oct 04, 2010 at 11:31 | Global Intelligence Report

Flooding along the Indus River Valley in Pakistan, beginning in July 2010, seems set to be a pivotal strategic factor in the Northern Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf region. It…

An Evening With the Chinese Intelligence Service

Sep 27, 2010 at 19:14 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

An Evening With the Chinese Intelligence Service. I normally avoid the diplomatic circuit, as the few non committal comments and soggy appetizers I get aren’t worth the investment of time.…

China – Japan Relations at Low Following Dispute Over Natural Gas Fields

Sep 23, 2010 at 08:22 | David Caploe PhD

Because China’s economic growth has been so spectacular over the past 15 or so years, many people have forgotten its pre-condition has been a general political calm in East Asia.…

Kim Jong Il of North Korea May be About to Name His Successor

Sep 23, 2010 at 08:15 | ISN Security Watch

North Korea says it will hold its biggest political meeting in a generation, amid speculation that leader Kim Jong Il is about to name his younger son as successor –…

The Game is Changing and the US is Now on the Defensive

Sep 21, 2010 at 15:38 | Global Intelligence Report

Two warships of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) People’s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) docked at a port in Myanmar on August 29, 2010, in the first publicized PLAN ship visit…

China Faced With a Long Road if it is to Emerge as Asia’s Leader

Sep 17, 2010 at 08:52 | ISN Security Watch

Americans interacting with officials and other experts in the Asia-Pacific region in recent weeks would be reassured that official and other expert opinion among US allies and associates seems to…

China Backs Burma’s Junta Leaders

Sep 15, 2010 at 08:36 | ISN Security Watch

Burma's junta leader comes back happy from China after getting backing for his November election and a pledge from Beijing to snub ethnic militias inside Burma. “May I propose a…

Tajikistan Population Turning to Sharia Law

Sep 11, 2010 at 08:26 | ISN Security Watch

Even as the Tajik government maintains tight control on religion, the population is increasingly turning to Shari'a law to resolve disputes. When Bibi Zaynura's ex-husband's failure to pay alimony made…

US Naval Exercises and China’s Growing Coastal Waters

Sep 06, 2010 at 13:05 | ISN Security Watch

Could it be that Chinese fascination, especially among the youth, for President Obama and the American process of choosing its leaders, is seen as particularly threatening to the PLA and…

Mongolia’s Leaders Pondering Ways to Develop Their Abundant Natural Resources

Aug 27, 2010 at 09:50 | Joshua Kucera

The leadership’s sovereignty concerns were evident in the recent announcement that a railroad spur leading from the country's largest coal mine would link into the country’s domestic railroad network, rather…

India’s Growing Nuclear Capabilities

Aug 20, 2010 at 10:15 | Frank O'Donnell

The Indian announcement last week of the development of a new Agni-II intermediate-range nuclear missile illustrates a growing flexibility in New Delhi’s nuclear force posture. India is entering a new…

Political Instability in Japan and it’s Implications for the US-Japan Alliance

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:38 | ISN Security Watch

The ruling party's inability to gain a single-party majority in the Upper House means that political instability in Tokyo will continue at least until the next election, unlikely to be…

China’s Strategy for a Post Western World

Jul 07, 2010 at 03:44 | Open Democracy

A number of different visions of China’s future as a leading world power are competing for public attention and influence. Among them are populist ideas that challenge Beijing’s official rhetoric…

Is Victory Achievable in Pakistan’s War on the Taliban

Jun 28, 2010 at 11:30 | ISN Security Watch

Although army security operations are under way in most of Pakistan’s tribal areas and some of have even been declared cleared of armed Taliban, there is no reason to believe…

China’s Position Over North Korea Exposes the Hypocrisy of Beijing’s Diplomacy

Jun 23, 2010 at 21:09 | Bonnie Glaser

Historians may well look back at the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March 2010 as a turning point in China’s relations with Asia and the wider world.…

The Growing Nuclear Rivalry in Asia

Jun 18, 2010 at 09:04 | Frank O'Donnell

As China and India enter new stages in nuclear arsenal development, including ICBM capabilities and plans for a nuclear-armed submarine fleet, strategic dialogue is needed to reduce the risk of…

Behind and Beyond The Sinking of The Cheonan

Jun 17, 2010 at 19:34 | OSINT Group

INCIDENT: Thousands rallied in Seoul in early June to protest perceived North Korean threats against their country after the severing of bilateral relations following the sinking of a South Korea…

Deepening Troubles in Kyrgyzstan

Jun 17, 2010 at 08:44 | ISN Security Watch

Not only is southern Kyrgyzstan experiencing a refugee crisis, the region is facing a humanitarian disaster brought on by deepening shortages of food and medical supplies. The normal supply chains…

Opportunity for China in North Korea

Jun 11, 2010 at 08:22 | Frank O'Donnell

Will China Press North Korea to Dismantle it’s Nuclear Program Now would be a good time for Beijing to forge an economic path to denuclearising North Korea. The moment may…

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