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Indonesia’s Maritime Ambition: Can Jokowi Realise It?
To realise his vision of a ‘global maritime fulcrum’, Indonesian president Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo needs to solve the tricky problem of coordinating Indonesia’s sprawling maritime security domain. He will need to overcome ...
Aspiring regional power: Indonesian foreign policy under next president
Whether it is Prabowo Subianto or Joko Widodo, Indonesia’s next president will have to deal with an increasingly assertive China. Tensions in the South China Sea will be his first major test.
China's maritime Silk Road: the politics of routes
China has not effectively communicated its grand connectivity ideas to South and Southeast Asian countries. Beijing urgently needs to improve its communications with external parties and seek feedback so as to counter media ...
Fighting Islamic State: Getting Down To Root Causes
The international community’s countering of Islamic State should not just focus on neutralising violent jihadism but also addressing its root causes and translating that notion into policy.
The paracels: historical evidence must be examined
Advocates of the Chinese territorial claim to the islands of the South China Sea frequently cite vague historical references in support of their arguments. In order to be properly assessed, the exact references should be ...
Rethinking China's Monroe doctrine
It is too early to worry about China's Monroe Doctrine. Asian countries need to think about how to deal with its new Nixon Doctrine in the near future.
Decoding China's cyber warfare strategies
While conventional, low-intensity, asymmetric, or non-linear conflict scenarios are plausible for East Asia’s strategic flashpoints, the next major conflict involving China will likely start in cyberspace.
Hybrid Warfare with Chinese Characteristics
In the evolution of China’s strategic thought, the centrality of information has been a perennial constant as a tool of statecraft and military power. Beijing is exploiting information operations to direct influence in ...
It's not the size, but how it's used: lesson for ASEAN rice reserves
ASEAN’s approach to stabilising rice markets and averting crises has focused on having sufficient rice stocks as a buffer. Insights from stabilisation in currency markets show that reserve size is not as important as the ...
Iran's infrastructure projects: India, China competing?
With international sanctions lifted against Iran last week, New Delhi would be wise to step up its efforts to secure the contract for developing the Chabahar port in Iran. Time is no longer on its side as the writer observed ...