Opinion

Closer India-Vietnam Relations: Implications for Southeast Asia

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Examining the geopolitical impact of a closer India-Vietnam alignment in Southeast Asia.

The Mulan Scandal and China’s Central Asia Problem

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Controversy surrounding Disney’s ‘Mulan’ has once again brought China’s mass-incarceration of Xinjiang-based minority groups to light.

What’s Behind the Recent Arrests of Cambodian Activists?

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Exploring the forces driving a recent crackdown against opposition figures in Cambodia.

KAVKAZ 2020: Host-Nation Clout and Diplomatic Intrigue

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There is a famous political expression that goes: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Nowhere is this maxim more on display than with Russia’s recent military moves.

In Search of an Independent China Policy in Post-Duterte Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte, CC Flickr, Casino Connection, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/globalgamingbusiness/28758099456/

A more holistic approach will be needed if the Philippines is to craft a China policy that’s actually fit for purpose.

Resolving the EU’s Rule of Law Conundrum?

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The EU’s COVID-19 response fund may be historic, but will it be money well spent?

Unintended Consequences Abound with New US Sanctions on Syria

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The US ‘Caesar sanctions,’ aimed at forcing the Assad regime to negotiate, could potentially further immiserate the country’s long-suffering people.

Fostering Vietnam-Australia Defense Ties Matters for Both Sides

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With increasing overlap in their defense and trade interests, it only makes sense that Vietnam and Australia take the next step in their bilateral relationship.

Belarus: Delicate Situation in the Debilitated Dictatorship

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Illusions of a sudden pro-Western and democratic Belarus are only that: illusions.

Water as a Building Block for Peace in Lebanon and Beyond

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Lebanon’s water crisis mirrors the country’s governance problems, and this tragic circumstance is by no means unique in the Middle East.

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