Could domestic politics shake the US–Japan alliance?

US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Nuclear Security Summit. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Pandu Utama Manggala, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies

Signed in 1951, the US–Japan Security Treaty and the alliance it established have endured for over six decades and continue to play an instrumental role in shaping the regional security order. But with Republican presidential nominee frontrunner Donald Trump’s ‘America first’ isolationist foreign policy views gaining traction in the United States, concerns are mounting over the future of the alliance.

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India–Bangladesh economic ties gain momentum

Two Indians drive a three-wheeler loaded of tree branches, outskirts of New Delhi, India. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Tridivesh Singh Maini, JSIA

While attention has focused on India’s strained ties with its neighbours, some notable strides have been made in the bilateral relationship with Bangladesh. Progress on the political front has captured the spotlight, with the recent Land Boundary Agreement. But both sides have also made significant progress in developing their economic ties and connectivity.

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Is China’s Arctic strategy really that chilling?

A Chinese paramilitary police officer stands guard as the Xue Long (Snow Dragon) icebreaker carrying Chinese scientists during their thirtieth Antarctic expedition leaves the polar expedition base dock in Shanghai, China, 7 November 2013. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Adam P. MacDonald

As climatic and environmental changes increase the accessibility of the Arctic, opening up the possibility of shorter shipping lanes and the ability to tap into large natural resource deposits, states within the region and beyond are beginning to look north.

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Why South Korea should reopen the Kaesong Industrial Complex

Korean People's Army Lt. Col. Nam Dong Ho is silhouetted against the truce village of Panmunjom at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which separates the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, North Korea. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Jean Lee, New York University School of Law

On 11 February the South Korean government abruptly shut down the Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC), a joint inter-Korean industrial zone located just 10 kilometres north of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), as a punishment for North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch. Read more…

North Korea sanctions still aiming for denuclearisation?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un talking with scientists and technicians involved in research of nuclear weapons, North Korea. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Ulv Hanssen, Free University of Berlin

On 2 March, in the wake of North Korea’s latest nuclear test and satellite launch, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a new set of stinging sanctions. Among other things, these include a partial ban on North Korean exports of coal, iron and iron ore, and a blanket ban on other items, such as gold and rare earth minerals.

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Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations


Author: Richard Javad Heydarian, De La Salle University

Historically, the United States has been the Philippines’ leading ally. Under a series of landmark agreements Washington served as the de facto guarantor of Philippine national security for almost a century. But in recent years Japan has rapidly upgraded its security cooperation with Manila. Read more…

India looks east to ASEAN with Delhi Dialogue

ASEAN leaders hold hands during the eighth Delhi dialogue of ASEAN in New Delhi, India. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Geethanjali Nataraj, Observer Research Foundation

The India–ASEAN relationship received a shot in the arm with the conclusion of the 8th Delhi Dialogue on 17–19 February 2016. Since 1991 India has been aggressively pursuing increased trade and strategic relations with Southeast Asian Countries as a part of its ‘Look East’ policy. Now, ASEAN has grown to be India’s fourth largest trading partner after China, the European Union and the United States.

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