March 26, 2017

Asian Century Must Begin with Great-power Accommodation

President Barack Obama with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. (Photo by Prachatai, Creative Commons License)

Leadership is ineluctably a zero-sum game. It is much more likely that a stable and collaborative new leadership order in Asia will only emerge if political leaders are willing to work hard and make real sacrifices to create it. As a first step, both the US and China would need to recognize and acknowledge the need for mutual accommodation. Read More »

Rohingya’s Life After the Boat Journey to Malaysia

Photo credit: The Spacemen

Though many many Rohingya refugees are grateful to be living in Malaysia, some can see no future there and hope for resettlement in another country, while others dream of a day when Burma is peaceful, democratic and accepting of them so they can return home. Read More »

Redefining Japan’s Asia Diplomacy

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe coming out of his official aircraft. (Photo via APEC 2013, Creative Commons  License)

Japan, along with the rest of Asia, must seize anew the opportunity to join in shaping the future of the regional architecture. During the lost decades, Japan’s Achilles heel was its inability to see the bigger picture. Japan must now ‘think big’ and engage multilaterally for the Asian regional order. Read More »

Central Asia’s Future: Three Powers, Three Visions

Participants in the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting. (Photo courtesy Presidential Press and Information Office, Kremlin)

China, Russia and the U.S. each have visions to connect Central Asia with the rest of Eurasia. Read More »

Thailand’s Delicate Dance with the Major Powers

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev with his  Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha  during his visit to Thailand. (Photo via video stream)

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s recent visit to Thai capital suggests that Thailand is now strategically courting authoritarian major powers, namely Russia and China, in defiance of Western criticism of Bangkok’s coup and military regime. Read More »

Flight of the Rohingya

(Photo by AK Rockefeller, Creative Commons License)

Stateless refugees from Burma are risking death, rape, and drowning by the thousands on a risky escape to Malaysia. Read More »

The Price of Coexistence Between the EU and Russia

A view of NATO headquarters in Brussels. (Photo by European Parliament, Creative Commons License)

Considering the current domestic political developments in Russia, a long period of relative instability and recurring tensions seems unavoidable. But this doesn’t mean that we are approaching a new Cold War. Read More »

Balancing China and the Realist Road to War

President Obama with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. (Photo by U.S. Embassy The Hague, Creative Commons License)

The argument for balancing against China rests on some questionable assumptions. Read More »

Yemen’s War Redrawing the Middle East’s Fault Lines

Aid agencies are warning that the Yemen war is turning into a humanitarian crisis.

Saudi Arabia's ongoing war in Yemen does more to highlight the kingdom's isolation than its power. Read More »

US is Back in Somalia

Secretary of State John Kerry met Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud during his visit to Somalia. (Photo via video feed)

It’s taken the USA a long time to get over the humiliation of Black Hawk Down. With his surprise visit to Mogadishu, US Secretary of State John Kerry finally closed that ignominious chapter, and announced that Somalia would be seeing a lot more American involvement from now on. Read More »