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Geopolitics / Asia

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…

Is North Korea on the Verge of Collapse?

May 25, 2010 at 23:17 | Bonnie Glaser

Despite the posturing of his regime, there are signs that Kim Jong-Il's hold on North Korea may be slipping and international community must be ready. North Korean leader Kim Jong-il…

Revolution in Central Asia: Who's Next?

Apr 20, 2010 at 19:00 | Philip H. de Leon

On April 7, 2010 the President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev fled the capital city of Bishkek that was under a state of emergency after antigovernment protesters started clashing with security…

Google's Decision Highlights the Dangers of Doing Business in China

Mar 17, 2010 at 14:42 | Charles Hugh Smith

The ramifications of Google's decision to leave China are deep: China's leadership, be careful what you wish for. I have been a student of China for 40 years. Alas, no,…

Southeast Asia Becoming China's Trading Partner of Choice

Mar 16, 2010 at 18:09 | Dave Forest

Some good research from China Knowledge this week. About how southeast Asia is becoming China's trading partner of choice. China's trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has grown…

China's Ambitions Reshaping South Asia as it Surges into India's Backyard

Feb 25, 2010 at 19:12 | David Caploe PhD

It’s a truism that the 21st century future of not just Asia, but the entire world, will be significantly determined by the relationship between the globe’s two fastest-growing large economies,…

The US-PRC Strategic Divide Begins

Feb 10, 2010 at 19:20 | Defense and Foreign Affairs

The simmering difficulties in the US strategic relationship with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) were, by the beginning of 2010, ready to emerge despite the attempts of the US…

China's Success Taking its Toll on Neighbours

Feb 04, 2010 at 21:36 | David Caploe PhD

During the decade after the 1997 Asian financial crisis, China was generally seen throughout East Asia as a friendly alternative power-center to the American-led Washington-consensus that told countries in trouble…

Land-locked Central Asian Oil Country Plays Important Role from Vancouver to Vladivostok

Jan 07, 2010 at 16:48 | Philip H. de Leon

2010 is starting with a decision that faced heated debates: Kazakhstan will hold the chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for one year, despite what…

India Facing Fierce Competition in its Search for Oil and Natural Gas Resources

Dec 24, 2009 at 17:17 | Fawzia Sheikh

While energy-strapped India is scouring the globe for oil and gas - a bid that recently took it to Sudan and Russia where India signed two memoranda of understanding, and…

The Caspian Fortune Cookie - $12 trillion at Stake; Beijing Happy With "Multiple Pipelines"

Oct 30, 2009 at 16:40 | John Daly

One of the major irritants for international oil companies is when parochial national policies get in the way of their quest for profits. Nowhere is this more evident than in…

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