South China Sea Dispute: Malaysia

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In the third article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of Malaysia’s claim.

Has Madagascar Managed to Avert a Crisis?

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Madagascar has cobbled together a national unity government, but will it be enough to stabilize the political process and a delicate economic recovery?

Backgrounder: Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu Port


Will Kyaukpyu Port take its place among other One Belt One Road megaprojects like Gwadar and Hambantota?

Controlling the Heights: Great Power Competition in Nepal


One thing is clear from recent shifts in Nepalese politics: India can no longer take Nepal for granted.

China’s Empire of Debt


Chinese investment has rejuvenated some developing countries and left others locked in a spiral of unsustainable debt.

Trump-Kim Summit Recap

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The summit’s only surprise came in the form of an unforced error from the US side.

Dessert Diplomacy: The Difficulty of Presenting a United Front Against North Korea

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A diplomatic incident over the dessert menu reflects just how hard it is for Washington to get its Asia allies on the same page on North Korea.

Water Shortages: China’s Unrecognized Threat

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China faces a water crisis that won’t be solved until pricing aligns with the reality of this increasingly scarce resource.

Jordan Protests Threaten to Disrupt a Key US Ally in the Middle East

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Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki has resigned but the protests rage on. Should King Abdullah II be worried?

Will an Ascendant Uzbekistan Challenge Kazakhstan’s Leadership in Central Asia?

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The rise of President Mirziyoyev to power in Uzbekistan, a country with untapped economic potential, could signal a shift in Central Asian geopolitics.

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