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Japan’s Disappointing Entrée into the Global Arms Market
Japan’s failure to win the Australian submarine contract highlights the challenges of entering the global arms market. Japan may secure export sales in the future, but it will likely have to start small and be realistic.
ISIS in East Asia: Strategic Shifts and Security Implications
As the Philippines battles with militant groups in Mindanao, ISIS supporters have reimagined the area as “Wilayah Asia Timur” as part of ISIS’ strategic shift in East Asia. ISIS terrorists in Southeast Asia may revert to ...
Missing Iridium : Enhancing Regional Nuclear Security
The recent case of a missing radioactive device in Malaysia highlights the significance of nuclear security in Southeast Asia. Enhancing nuclear security cooperation is needed to address Southeast Asia’s nuclear security ...
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 ...