Mindful Approaches to Watching Crazy Rich Asians

September 19, 2018

One must understand how different it feels to watch this film in the cultural context of Singapore, where issues of socio-economic and racial inequality are finally gaining traction in wider public consciousness. I’ve spent the last two weeks trying to locate myself in a cross-boundary...

US Falls Behind in the Arctic Arms Race

July 31, 2018

Many international actors have recognized the growing strategic and commercial importance of the Arctic Circle and its newly opening waterways. In August 2017, the Russian tanker Christophe de Margerie completed a northern expedition through the Arctic Circle, traveling from Norway to South...

Is US Leadership on the Wane?

June 05, 2017

Amid a rising China, the big questions coming into this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue surrounded the Trump administration’s intentions in the Asia Pacific. The lobby of the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore — with its high ceilings, marble interior, massive columns and crystal...

Oman’s Look to ASEAN

April 16, 2017

Oman will continue to look east as it builds on its growing ties with the Asia Pacific region. Unlike other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members, the Sultanate of Oman has a relatively limited relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Yet historically, as a maritime...