United States

A quest for joint prestige: Rethinking the US-China rivalry

No one can deny the inevitable competition between the United States and China in the international system, as we can see from the escalating trade… 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

Regional wrap

The most-talked about development, this fortnight, is the significant diplomatic coup pulled off by Kim Jong Un in getting Donald Trump to agree to his… Read More

Why Trump’s tariffs will have little impact on Australia and a trade war is unlikely

US President Donald Trump has levied a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% tariff on aluminiumimported from all countries except Canada and Mexico. Trump had … Read More

Moon quietly in the centre

 South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been steering his foreign policy through narrow gaps and around tricky obstacles during his first nine months, like a… 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

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

Trump’s Pakistan challenge

For incoming US presidents, the alliance with Pakistan can seem to be a poisoned chalice. Does Trump’s 3am promise of  “No More!” mean real… Read More

America’s unending Pakistan predicament

As political developments in Pakistan gather steam following Nawaz Sharif’s dismissal and the unfolding military’s schema for “mainstreaming” the Jihadi and sectarian groups, US-Pakistan ties… Read More