China is Marching West for Food

China's "Marching West" strategy has gained international attention. By Zhang Hongzhou As the United States pivots toward the east, China has launched the so-called "Marching West" strategy to avoid a direct confrontation with the Americans — a strategy first...

New Zealand: Between Two Great Powers

February 23, 2014

New Zealand must tread carefully between China and the US. US-China relations will play a key role in shaping the Asia Pacific in the 21st century. Meanwhile, New Zealand faces the challenge of harnessing its improved ties with both superpowers to bolster forces of integration over those of...

How the Pivot Reinforced Asian Disputes

February 20, 2014

The US pivot to Asia has not seen a change in the regional balance of power. After eight years of perceived foreign policy misadventure under the Bush administration, President Barack Obama promised a new era in America’s relationship with the rest of the world. Initially, his approach to...

The US Rebalance Toward Asia

February 12, 2014

Washington's shift toward Asia has provoked feelings of insecurity within the region. Background Following promises of increased economic integration, US President Barack Obama canceled his Asia tour last October, due to the government shutdown, missing two summits: the Asia-Pacific Economic...

Abe’s Call to Stand Up to China: At What Cost?

Should the world stand up to an increasingly assertive China?  By Benjamin Ho Sino-Japanese ties, strained by territorial and historical disputes, took a further beating recently after a speech by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in which he called on...

PNoy: Figurehead or Changemaker President? (Part 2/2)

December 08, 2013

Aquino is under pressure to improve socioeconomic conditions in the Philippines. Read part one here. President Benigno Aquino was required to work within certain limits of permissibility, the constitution, and bureaucracy to move and implement his policies forward. The Supreme Court, for...

Lay Your Cards Down: China’s New Silk Road

November 02, 2013

The Great Game takes another twist in Central Asia. By Chris Devonshire-Ellis Chinese President Xi Jinping has recently been busy in Central Asia, on a trip that coincided with a meeting in Kyrgyzstan to attend the 13th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). While many China...

PNoy: Figurehead or Changemaker President? (Part 1/2)

October 19, 2013

Aquino is under pressure to improve socioeconomic conditions in the Philippines. As President Benigno Aquino III, also known as “Noynoy” and “PNoy,” approaches the midpoint of his presidency, many question his domestic and foreign policy. Has Aquino, the son...

A Diminishing Tibetan State

October 13, 2013

What does the future hold for Tibet? Before I went to Tibet, I watched two movies. The first, Seven Years in Tibet, provided a good basic introduction to the modern political history of Tibet, specifically during the last years of independence before the...

Post-Brinksmanship Posturing on the Korean Peninsula

June 24, 2013

North and South Korea will one day have to move past matters of pride. Real political change on the Korean Peninsula will occur only when mutual recognition is achieved between the north and the south. This “Achilles Heel” of the Korean quagmire is the reason why joint talks between...

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