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Geopolitics / Asia

Competition Over Central Asia's Water Supplies Intensifying

Dec 09, 2010 at 12:01 | Eurasianet

Tajikistan is making visible progress toward what it calls an independent hydro-energy future. Downstream, Uzbekistan is fuming. Mutual acrimony is prompting the two Central Asian neighbors to trade increasingly harsh…

North Korea Shells South Korean Island

Nov 23, 2010 at 12:27 | RFE/RL staff

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says he is trying to prevent a broader conflict breaking out following North Korea's artillery barrage on a populated island along the two states' disputed…

India On the Road to Great Power Status

Nov 16, 2010 at 08:04 | Open Democracy

President Obama’s recent visit to India represented another considerable and defining step on India’s journey to great power status. Although not reaching the heights of George W Bush’s 2008 visit…

Growing Space Focus in Sino-Indian Rivalry

Nov 11, 2010 at 19:37 | Global Intelligence Report

China has directed a $13 million loan to Pakistan toward a joint communications satellite project, while space cooperation between America and India reaches new levels of sophistication.  ANALYSIS: Pakistan’s Ambassador…

Turkmen Gas: Russia in a Strong Negotiating Position

Oct 22, 2010 at 09:55 | RFE/RL staff

Not so long ago Russia, or rather the state-owned gas company Gazprom, was willing to buy as much Turkmen gas as it could, and was willing to pay top dollar…

China's Naval Ambitions Spur New Regional Strategic Planning

Oct 21, 2010 at 10:42 | Global Intelligence Report

Defense planning efforts in East Asia have been markedly influenced by China’s bellicose response to the detention of a Chinese fisherman for ramming a Japanese naval boat in disputed waters.…

What Are China's Military Intentions in Central Asia?

Oct 11, 2010 at 10:43 | Joshua Kucera

China's performance in the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization exercises in Kazakhstan suggests that Beijing is preparing its military to be able to intervene unilaterally in Central Asia, says Roger McDermott.…

Intensifying Arms Race Between India and China

Oct 08, 2010 at 10:42 | Open Democracy

China’s resurgence in recent years has jolted the leading powers of the world out of their stupor – and India’s case is no different. Today, forward-looking Indian mandarins are no…

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…

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