The US and Vietnam go from mutual ‘menace’ to mates

US President Barack Obama and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attend their bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 13 November 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Hung Nguyen, George Mason University

US–Vietnam relations have come a long way. In 1982, in his report to the Fifth Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Secretary-General Le Duan claimed that US–China collusion constituted ‘a factor constantly threatening world peace, and especially seriously menacing security and stability in Asia’. Read more…

Asia and the curse of Islamophobia

Americans pray on 13 September 2001 at an Interfaith Memorial Service for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington DC. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Over twenty years ago, Samuel Huntington warned that the world faced a future that would be dominated by the ‘clash of civilisations’.

‘The fault lines between civilizations are replacing the political and ideological boundaries of the Cold War as the flash points for crisis and bloodshed’, Huntington proclaimed. Read more…

Refining the Western counter terrorism strategy

Iraqi security forces prepare to attack Islamic State extremist positions in Tikrit, 130 kilometres north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday 26 March 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Amin Saikal, ANU

The US-led international coalition may well be able to roll back the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Iraq, but this will not be the end of the story. As long as the conditions and causes that have given rise to IS persists in the Middle East, the emergence of a similar group is always possible in the future. Read more…

Banking on America’s Asian choices

US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One after a trip to Asia in late 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

The US–China relationship is undoubtedly the single most important bilateral relationship in the world today. More hinges on the successful management of that relationship, not only for Asian but also for global peace and prosperity, than on any other single relationship in the world. Read more…

The US must adapt to Asia’s new order

Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama in 2014. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Evan A. Feigenbaum, Paulson Institute

The United States has dominated global economics and finance in the post-war era. But the rise of new regional institutions and agreements in Asia will pose a growing and lasting competitive challenge to US leadership in the Pacific. Read more…

India–US relations face hurdles

US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interact during the India-US business summit in New Delhi, India, 26 January 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Biswajit Dhar, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Economic relations between India and the United States seem to be going well. This was recently reinforced in New Delhi with Prime Minister Modi and President Obama endorsing the India–US Delhi Declaration of Friendship. Read more…

The India–US Bilateral Investment Treaty will not be an easy ride


Author: Kavaljit Singh, Madhyam

It’s official: India and the US will resume negotiations on a high-standard bilateral investment treaty (BIT). In a recent joint statement Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama affirmed their ‘shared commitment to facilitating increased bilateral investment flows and fostering an open and predictable climate for investment’. Read more…