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An unlikely Asian success story? Revisiting the Bangladesh paradox of bad governance and good development outcomes

Once derided as an ‘international basket case’ following its emergence as an independent nation in 1971 after a bitter war of liberation with Pakistan,… Read More

Singapore summit: Why Canberra should lie awake at night

The highly anticipated summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un took place with great fanfare in Singapore last Tuesday, but the debate over its outcomes… Read More

Regional wrap

The last fortnight witnessed perhaps one of the most eventful episodes in recent times, with significant ramifications for the Indo-Pacific region. The highly anticipated… Read More

Donald Trump meets Kim Jong-un: China crosses fingers as rising bonhomie may draw North Korea closer to US

Every state appreciates docile neighbours and it is especially true for major powers. China is no exception. It has enjoyed North Korean docility in the… Read More

Asian allies must hope Trump doesn’t sell them out in Korea peace talks

Seasoned analysts of the Korean Peninsula are sceptical about claims of breakthroughs in this part of the world. Despite three inter-Korean summits, several arms control… Read More

The Chinese and individualism

A common cultural stereotype of the Chinese is that they are collectivist, i.e. they regard themselves as part of a “we” rather than an “I,”… Read More

Diplomacy beyond the spectacle of the summit

Twelve months ago, it would have been inconceivable to contemplate Donald Trump gearing up to meet, face to face, with his political nemesis, North Korean… Read More

Guarding against growth fetishism: The case of India

In recent years, India has acquired the mantle of the fastest growing economy in the world. Its convergence with respect to both China and… Read More

Modi plays by the “rules” at Shangri-La

Sometimes what politicians don’t say is as important as what they do say. So it was with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s … Read More

Regional wrap

  The last fortnight witnessed stunning theatrics and turnarounds vis-a-vis the proposed summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Read More