Politics

Warfare Evolved: Hypersonic Missiles

cc Flickr Naval Surface Warriors, modified, PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 18, 2018) A Tomahawk cruise missile launches from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) during a live fire exercise, part of Valiant Shield ’18 in the Pacific Ocean Sept. 18, 2018. Valiant Shield is a U.S. only, biennial field training exercise (FTX) with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among U.S. forces. This training enable real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Collins III)

Gauging the strategic impact of a new generation of missiles that defy all known manners of conventional interception.

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.

Obstacles and Opportunities on the Long Road to Peace in Afghanistan

cc Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, GHŌR, Afghanistan (May 28, 2012) – A member of the Afghanistan National Security Force loads a weapons cache onto the back of a pick-up truck. The weapons were turned in by former Taliban fighters in order to join the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program. (Department of Defense photograph by Lt. j. g. Joe Painter/RELEASED)

Peace talks represent a significant achievement. Nevertheless, there are a number of political roadblocks to overcome—as well as fresh opportunities for Afghans and external actors.

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.

Examining Malaysia’s Evolving Policy toward the South China Sea

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Malaysia’s note verbale on the South China Sea remains bland and watered down due to domestic issues. But the new Malaysian government has no choice but to embark into tumultuous diplomatic waters.

Azerbaijan–Turkey Strategic Alliance Deepens amid Recent Conflicts

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Bolstered by common interests and security threats, Baku and Ankara are moving ever closer together.

Japan: New Leader, Old Geopolitics

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Japan’s new leader can expect to face ongoing hostility in East Asia and a warm welcome from India.

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

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

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