Post Tagged with: "Asia-Pacific"

The Truth About War and Peace in Cambodia

The Truth About War and Peace in Cambodia

For decades, the official line from the United Nations and the bevy of international foreign ministers and diplomats who brokered the 1991 Paris Peace Accords was that their historical document ended the conflict that had afflicted Cambodia since the Khmer Rouge launched hostilities in 1968. The problem for some journalists, […]

A New Approach to China – and the World – From the US Department of Defense

A New Approach to China – and the World – From the US Department of Defense

It goes without saying that the biggest foreign policy challenge Patrick Shanahan faces in his new job as acting secretary of defense of the United States is the relationship with China.  His 30-plus year career at Boeing may have been just the training job for exactly that role. There are […]

YouTube Emerges as a New Tool for South Korean Whistleblowers

YouTube Emerges as a New Tool for South Korean Whistleblowers

It is an undeniable fact that YouTube has become a daily obsession for many people worldwide. The platform is used by 1.8 billion logged-in users each month, and that  is only growing. In South Korea, however,  YouTube is emerging as more than an entertainment hub. The video platform is becoming a […]

Will India’s Trump Fears Ease With the New US Asia Reassurance Initiative Act?

Will India’s Trump Fears Ease With the New US Asia Reassurance Initiative Act?

On December 31, U.S. President Donald Trump signed the (ARIA), which promises to bring back to American priorities in the Indo-Pacific. The Act assumes particular importance in the context of China’s expanding and aggressive footprint across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania and the responses by the United States as well […]

Unraveled: Where Indians Come From, Part 1

Unraveled: Where Indians Come From, Part 1

Despite the considerable antiquity of Indian civilization, with some sites in what is today northwest India and Pakistan dating from over five thousand years ago, the origins of today’s Indians have long been shrouded by the depths of time, a murky morass for archaeologists and historians. However, 2018 was rightly […]

Traversing the South China Sea: Safety First

Traversing the South China Sea: Safety First

As a vital artery of trade for many of the world’s largest economies, the South China Sea has garnered significant attention. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development () estimates that roughly 80 percent of global trade by volume is transported by sea. Of that volume, 60 percent of […]

Global Support Lets Bangladesh Prime Minister Withstand Election Concerns

Global Support Lets Bangladesh Prime Minister Withstand Election Concerns

Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand calls to investigate allegations of widespread serious irregularities in last Sunday’s election that was dominated by her coalition. Hasina is set to form her third consecutive government and fourth overall, and on Thursday figurehead President M. […]

The Pakistan Factor in the 2019 Indian General Elections

The Pakistan Factor in the 2019 Indian General Elections

The 2019 Indian general election is a few months away, and political parties in India are busy drawing battle lines on various issues of national importance. Most of the issues on the agenda relate to domestic concerns since matters related to foreign policy have traditionally been relegated to the background […]

The Maldives’ Games of Thrones

The Maldives’ Games of Thrones

Fans of liberal democracy had little to celebrate in 2018. But its recent and unexpected resurrection in the Maldives, reversing a half-decade decline into authoritarianism, gives cause for some cheer. The architect of democratic deterioration, President Abdulla Yameen, lost elections on September 23 despite near absolute capture of all independent […]

Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index

Japan Ranks Worst Among G7 on Gender Gap Index

The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) latest global gender gap index measuring the degree of gender equality has placed Japan at 110 out of 149 countries. Although the ranking improved four places from the previous year — mainly thanks to narrowing gender wage disparity — Japan faired the lowest among G7 […]