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#5447, 12 March 2018
East Asia Compass
South Korea's ‘Moonshine’ and a Trump-Kim Summit

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra reflects on the possibility of dialogue with North Korea and the kind of diplomacy it would require
#5446, 12 March 2018
The Strategist
Quad: The Making of a Robust Entente?

Vice Admiral (Retd) Vijay Shankar argues that only a system based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations can confront Chinese ambitions in the Indo-Pacific
#5441, 5 March 2018
Nuke Street
Winter Olympics in the Nuclear Shadow

Amb (Retd) Sheel Kant Sharma considers scenarios that might break the stalemate on negotiations with North Korea
#5438, 27 February 2018
Maritime Matters
The Debut of Counter-Drone Technologies

Dr Vijay Sakhuja considers why counter-droning is likely to emerge as an important tool of tactical warfare
#5430, 12 February 2018
East Asia Compass
Denuclearising the Korean Peninsula: US Policy and China's Role

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that China cannot be brought on board unless its motivations to participate are addressed by the US
#5426, 23 January 2018
Swarm Drones: Could they Shape the Future of Naval Warfare?
Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that next-generation hybrid drone-missile unmanned systems may characterise the future naval realm
#5418, 9 January 2018
A Human Security Approach to Nuclear Disarmament
Shivani Singh considers the importance of human security norms in the disarmament discourse
#5417, 8 January 2018
Maritime Matters
Maritime Digital Trends in 2018

Dr Vijay Sakhuja argues that the ongoing digital transformation is highly disruptive and will dominate the maritime industry for many decades into the future
#5415, 2 January 2018
East Asia Compass
'Comfort Women' and the Japan-South Korea Relationship

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra comments on the diplomatic blunder in making a multifaceted bilateral relationship hostage to a handful of fractious issues
#5404, 5 December 2017
East Asia Compass
Denial and Provocation: Failure of US' North Korea Policy

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra argues that Trump's policy is detrimental to security because it has allowed huge North Korean nuclear and missile advancements in a short span of time
#5397, 27 November 2017
Maritime Matters
Microbeads and Microfibre: A Big Challenge for Blue Economy

Dr Vijay Sakhuja analyses the impact of these minuscule materials on marine life
#5395, 21 November 2017
Why are Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives Bound to Fail?
Shivani Singh identifies three challenges that stand in the way of disarmament efforts
#5389, 7 November 2017
East Asia Compass
Trump's Visit to East Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra looks at why the trip might be unprecedented, but the outcomes are most likely not going to be so
#5388, 6 November 2017
China's Signaling Under President Xi Jinping
Air Commodore Prashant Dikshit VM (G) traces the pattern in China's signaling to the world under the leadership of President Xi Jingping and makes projections
#5382, 24 October 2017
Strategic Space
Meaningful Disarmament, Not Unnecessary Distractions

Dr Manpreet Sethi considers the importance of countries that are serious about nuclear disarmament mobilising global support for achievable targets

#5381, 10 October 2017
Maritime Matters
Plastic Litter: The Challenge at Sea

Dr Vijay Sakhuja discusses initiatives aimed at ensuring that water bodies remain environmentally and ecologically stable
[Editorial] Dealing with nuclear waste
The Korea Herald, 19 December 2014
The much awaited nuclear waste facility in Gyeongju will begin operations next year following final approval by the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission last week.

[Editorial] Employment war arising
The Korea Times, 19 December 2014
Employment rates have a critical impact on economic conditions and the growth of each nation and therefore determine social stability in the present and the future.

Moving backward
The Korea Times, 19 December 2014
I had lunch with Srirak Plipat, Asia-Pacific director of Transparency International (TI), in Seoul on Nov. 21. He came to Korea as part of an Asian visit before the anticorruption watchdog released its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) on Dec. 3.

The North Korea model for consumer complaints
ABC News, 19 December 2014
Don't like something? Just threaten retribution until it goes away. After all, it worked for some North Korean cyber-terrorists who didn't want Hollywood comedy The Interview to be released, writes Ben Pobjie.

[Editorial] More immigrants
The Korea Herald, 18 December 2014
Controversy recently erupted over a bill aimed at guaranteeing undocumented immigrant children the right to receive education and medical treatment. Some Koreans raised objections to using taxpayers’ money to care for the children of those who are...

[Editorial] Kim Jong-uns choice
The Korea Herald, 18 December 2014
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may be seen as having been successful in consolidating his control over the isolated regime since he took power in December 2011 following the sudden death of his father Kim Jong-il.

U.S. slaps hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan
Reuters, 17 December 2014
The United States confirmed steep import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan on Tuesday in a decision that may inflame trade tensions between the two countries.

The Guardian view on Shinzo Abes re-election: it paid off, but it was no ringing endorsement
The Guardian, 16 December 2014
The results of the Japanese general election are, in one word, strange. The coalition led by the incumbent prime minister, Shinzo Abe, won a commanding two-thirds of the seats, and secured its hold on government for the next four years. But it did so...

[Editorial] Renewed mandate for Abe
The Korea Times, 16 December 2014
As expected, the Liberal Democratic Party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a landslide victory in Japan's parliamentary elections Sunday. Having maintained its two-thirds majority of the 475-seat lower house, Abe and the LDP will be able to push almost...

[Editorial] First three years of Kim III
The Korea Times, 15 December 2014
On Dec. 17, 2011, Kim Jong-un took power as North Korea's leader. It was the first third-generational succession of supreme power in communism's 100-year history. 

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Charting Global Transitions
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IPCS Forecasts: East Asia in 2015
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Indias Strategy Towards the Koreas and Japan
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China and the ADIZ
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The Russian Pivot to Asia Pacific
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China and its Peripheries: Contentious Relations with North Korea
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Upper House Elections & Political Stability in Japan: Abes Next Steps
Rajaram Panda
Issue Brief 228
Towards a New Asian Security Architecture?: India and Japan
Rajaram Panda
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India - South Korea Strategic Partnership
HE Joon-gyu Lee
Special Report 140
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia: Growing Tensions in South China Sea
Sonika Gupta
Issue Brief 213
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia: Japan and ASEAN
Rajaram Panda
Issue Brief 212
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia: Beijings Strategies towards South China Sea
Jayadeva Ranade
Issue Brief 211
Emerging Security Architecture in Southeast & East Asia: The American Pivot and Rebalancing
PR Chari
Issue Brief 210
Elections in South Korea: Assessing Park's Victory
Rajaram Panda
Issue Brief 201
China & Japan: Tensions in East China Sea
Teshu Singh
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Korean Unification: The G-20 Way

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