Dealing with the IS threat in Southeast Asia

A man looks at floral tributes at the scene of a bomb blast at a police post in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 15 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Kumar Ramakrishna, RSIS

On 14 January 2016, four Indonesian militants mounted a brazen lunchtime assault on a Starbucks Café and a police post in downtown Jakarta. The general area boasts government offices, shopping malls and eateries as well as a United Nations office and the United States embassy. Read more…

Pakistan inches towards stability

A farmer collects cauliflower harvested from a field on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, 24 January 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Ghulam Ali, Peking University

After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. Read more…

The new geo-politics in Asia…and farewell

Chinese President Xi Jinping steps out from behind China's flag as he takes his position for his joint news conference with President Barack Obama on 25 September 2015. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Many are trying to get their minds around what the huge change in the contours of regional power mean for the stability of the political order in Asia today. Are we doomed to inevitable conflict between the established powers, the United States in particular, and the emerging powers, notably China, as they jostle for political space? Read more…

Building Asian security

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, DC on 25 September 2015. The United States and China have markedly different approaches to the security order in Asia. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Amitav Acharya, American University

A principal challenge to Asian security today is that the various approaches to the security order seem to be working at cross-purposes. Take the United States and China. Read more…

Japan must carefully evaluate China’s strategic intentions

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Type-89 armored combat vehicles flare up a smoke screen during an annual live firing exercise at Higashi Fuji range in Gotemba, southwest of Tokyo. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Satoshi Amako, Waseda University

There is no doubt that China is building up its military capabilities. Nor that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the threat of China, which spends three times as much as Japan does on its national defence, as a justification for new security legislation in Japan. But deeper scrutiny of this issue requires a broader perspective on China’s strategic intentions.
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Pakistan’s persistent security challenges

Candles form the initials of the Army Public School as people attend a ceremony in connection with the first anniversary of a school attack in Peshawar on December 16 2015 in Lahore, Pakistan. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Imtiaz Gul, CRSS

On 2 December 2015, Pakistan executed four militants involved in the 16 December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. The hour-long siege of the school had resulted in the deaths of 151 persons, including 125 children. Read more…

Understanding China’s foreign policy perspective

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with US President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, 30 November 2015 (Photo: AAP)

Author: Nidhi Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Recent tensions over maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea have highlighted the lack of consensus over the existing security order in Asia. Understanding China’s perception of the Asian security order is crucial if innovative policy solutions to enhance security cooperation are to be found. So how does China conceptualise the current security order and what do we know of its vision for the future? Read more…