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Najib’s United States Visit : What Is Going On ?
Prime Minister Najib's recent trip to the Washington triggered speculation that it was closely linked to Malaysia's domestic politics and the upcoming general election. But could the visit simply be an attempt by KL to ...
China in Indonesia’s Foreign Policy: Maintaining a Nonbalancing Posture
While lack of elite consensus in Indonesia is impeding a stronger balancing policy towards China, Jakarta is continuing its traditional posture of nonbalancing.
Managing a Nuclear North Korea: More Is Not Better
Given North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, is the best way to manage security and stability in Northeast Asia to encourage both Japan and South Korea to acquire their respective independent nuclear arsenals? Or will this ...
Asia’s Arms Bazaar : Growing Market for China, US
Recent data shows that Asia is now the world’s biggest arms market; moreover, the region is increasingly demanding more sophisticated types of weapons. This is good news for Chinese and US defence firms, who are the largest ...
Russia and India : As Close As Lips & Teeth?
President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on 4-5 October 2018 for the 19th annual bilateral summit saw the signing of a major weapons system. This served relatively well Russia’s domestic and foreign policy objectives.
North Korea’s Troubled Economy: The Real Challenges
For the first time since 1980, North Korea recently held the Seventh Workers’ Party Congress, further bolstering Kim Jong-un’s rule, and claiming its status as a “responsible nuclear power”. Yet another important take-away ...
KL’s Downgrading of North Korea Ties : More Than Symbolism?
Malaysia has downgraded ties with North Korea following the murder of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur. Could this symbolically project Malaysia’s image as a responsible global citizen that upholds international conventions ...
The Coming Trump-Putin Summit
Following his summit in Singapore with Kim Jong Un, Trump now turns to Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin. Their high-level encounter this month might provide the basis for some tangible movement to ease bilateral tensions. ...
Japan’s X-2 Fighter Programme : Continuing Challenges
Japan’s hopes for using its X-2 Shinshin combat aircraft programme to leap into the forefront the global fighter jet business are increasingly challenged by a variety of technological, political, and economic complications.
The Rise of Trump and Its Global Implications - Trump and the Theatre of Arms Acquisitions
President-elect Trump has made a show of criticising the US arms industry for producing expensive weapons, particularly singling out the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. This is all just theatre, however, since he has few options ...