February, 2018

Indo-Pacific connectivity: Lessons from China’s Belt and Road

Mega-connectivity projects like the China-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) might become new templates for economic geographies over time. The BRI encompasses… Read More

Regional wrap

The political crisis in Maldives and the ensuing struggle for influence between China and India in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is perhaps the most… Read More

Should Australia push back against China’s economic statecraft?

China’s hold over large enterprises allows it to manipulate Chinese companies to align with state interests. It gives China the rare ability to use economic… Read More

Democracies in the dragon’s shadow

As there are only 4,000 people of Chinese ancestry in India, China faces a demographic disadvantage in pushing its influence operations in India, unlike in… Read More

Between war and peace: Grey-zone operations in Asia

Recent grey-zone activity in maritime-Asia suggests an increase in hybrid warfare. The lines between military, economic, diplomatic, intelligence and criminal means of aggression are becoming… Read More

The Monroe Doctrine revival

No other great powers will be allowed in Latin America, and liberal democracy is the only political system allowed in the region (or, in practice,… Read More

What can a rising China do to get accepted in the global order?

In a January issue of Foreign Policy, refuting the argument by Niall Ferguson on China and the liberal international order, Aaron Friedberg wrote an article entitled… Read More

Why a first strike option on North Korea is a very bad idea

The prospect of South Korean and North Korean athletes marching together under a “unification” flag at this month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics signifies a brief respite in… Read More

Contested skies: Our uncertain air superiority future

In war, there’s a constant to and fro. At times defence dominates, at other times offence. Technologies arise and fall. Disruption rules. This is noticeably… Read More