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North Korea Sanctions: Will China Get Tougher?
China appears to have taken tougher measures against North Korea in response to its fourth nuclear test. It may be prepared to be harsher if Pyongyang continues with its provocations.
Who governs the South China Sea?
The Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague will release its ruling today (12 July 2016) on the maritime territorial dispute in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China. What is the outlook like going forward?
International disasters in Asia Pacific: Indonesia's civil-military responses
Long a recipient of international assistance during ‘natural’ disasters, Indonesia has been recently stepping up its joint civil-military humanitarian responses in the Asia Pacific. What does this mean for Indonesia and ...
China’s Hegemonic Trajectory: Intimidating ASEAN?
Fierce criticism of Singapore by China’s spokespersons for allegedly stirring up tension over the South China Sea at international forums reflects a pattern of interference in ASEAN’s deliberations; this suggests that ...
Australia’s French Submarine Decision: A Long-standing Security Relationship
Australia has chosen the French option for its new submarine acquisition project. While offering a range of strategic, political and technical advantages over the German and Japanese options, it confirms a long-standing ...
ASEAN-China Relations: Key Junctures for Singapore as Country Coordinator
As the country coordinator of ASEAN-China dialogue relations for three years till mid 2018, Singapore is well placed as a non-claimant state to the South China Sea disputes to help reduce tensions and expedite realisation ...
The Orlando Massacre: Tackling Islamophobia in America
The mass murder of 50 people in an Orlando gay nightclub by an Afghan-American in the name of ISIS raises questions about terrorism as a consequence of intolerance. Ostracising Muslims as a suspicious collective dehumanises ...
Aborting TPP: will US global leadership be crippled?
Apart from facilitating global trade between US and its Asia-Pacific partners, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) also seeks to promote better governance and human security. However the declared US intention to abort the ...
After South China Sea Ruling – Good Fences or Good Neighbours: Implications for Maritime Boundaries
The 12 July 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling in The Hague has specified that there are no islands in the Spratly group capable of generating a full set of maritime zones. This has theoretically helped agreement on maritime ...
Operation Tinombala: Indonesia’s New Counter-Terrorism Strategy
The serious threat posed by the self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has led to an expansion of the Indonesian military’s role in counter-terrorism. This was demonstrated in Operation Tinombala that disabled ...