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Geopolitics / 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…

The ROC Navy Faces a Critical Watershed as the East Asian Strategic Balance Changes

Jun 09, 2010 at 09:52 | Gregory R. Copley

New strategic brinkmanship by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK); a now-clear determination by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to “more aggressively assert its territorial claims in regional…

Power Struggles in North Korea

Jun 02, 2010 at 05:38 | ISN Security Watch

While dramatic, the torpedoing of a Republic of Korea navy corvette in late March was not unexpected and it may have signalled the rise of Kim Jong-Il's youngest son, Earlier…

Korean War Games: The Sinking of the Cheonan

May 31, 2010 at 08:10 | Yossef Bodansky

The torpedo fired by a North Korean (DPRK) Yeon-O-class submarine at the ROK Navy Po Hang-class corvette, ROKS Cheonan on the night of March 26, 2010, highlighted the failure of…

Kyrgyzstan at the Cross-Roads

May 29, 2010 at 05:11 | Uddipan Mukherjee

Not only should Kyrgyzstan's future after the April ousting of the government be a central focus, but the future of the other 'stans' as well When riots broke out in…

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