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#5221, 10 January 2017
East Asia Compass
Japan-China Contestation in 2017

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra reviews the Tokyo-Beijing bilateral and identifies the potential trajectory the relationship in 2017
#5199, 5 December 2016
US Policy Orientation
Donald Trump and East Asia

Dr Sandip Mishra examines the details of Trump’s contradictory campaign promises vis-à-vis the East Asian region
#5178, 14 November 2016
Managing Differences is the Key to Sino-India Relations
Liu Siwei looks at the merits of a comprehensive approach towards maintaining friendly and positive Sino-Indian relations
#5171, 8 November 2016
East Asia Compass
PM Modi’s Visit to Japan: Prospects and Prudence

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines India’s growing proximity to Japan in light of Modi’s upcoming visit to Japan, while recommending a simultaneous need to exercise caution
#5161, 1 November 2016
Russia-Japan: Determinants of the Territorial Settlement
Dr Shamshad A Khan analyses the possibility of a resolution of the long-standing Russo-Japanese territorial disputes 
#5158, 21 October 2016
The Strategist
The Misshapen Pivot

Vice Adm (Retd) Vijay Shankar comments on the absence of a direct challenge to China’s provocative moves on the East and South China Seas 
#5147, 6 October 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
FSI’s Broader Conclusions: Methodology, Empirical Trends and Current Realities

Dr TCA Raghavan gives an Indian perspective on FSI 2016’s representation of broad trends between 2007-2016
#5146, 4 October 2016
East Asia Compass
Future of the TPP and the US' Pivot to Asia

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra assesses how the Trans-Pacific Partnership will play out in Asia-Pacific given the current domestic political atmosphere in the US

#5123, 10 September 2016
Fragile States Index 2016
China and the FSI: Decennary Trends, 2007-2016

Chao Xie gives a Chinese perspective on whether the FSI can and does give an adequate representation of broad trends between 2007-2016 related to China and India

#5119, 5 September 2016
East Asia Compass
Russia’s Overtures in East Asia


Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra examines the thawing of relations with Russia and Japan, South Korea and Australia at the Eastern Economic Forum, just prior to the G20 Summit 
#5115, 29 August 2016
China-India: Beijing's Intransigence over the South China Sea
Air Commodore (Retd) Prashant Dikshit reflects on China's posturing towards India following the ruling on the Manila-Beijing conflict regarding the South China Sea
#5100, 12 August 2016
India-China
Wang Yi in India: Context and Significance

Dr Manish Dabhade contextualises Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's visit to India
#5093, 2 August 2016
THAAD and South Korea-China-US Dynamics
Professor Rahul Raj assesses South Korea's dilemma over the deployment of THAAD and its relationship with China and the US

#5092, 2 August 2016
East Asia Compass
China’s Game on North Korea

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra comments on China's calibration of its relationship with North Korea and its implications for the region
#5088, 27 July 2016
Super Majority in Japan: Implications for the Constitution
Dr Shamshad A Khan asks whether Japan’s ruling coalition ‘super majority’ could change the anti-war clause of its Constitution
#5072, 4 July 2016
East Asia Compass
Six-Party Talks 2.0: Not for Denuclearisation but for Peace

Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra recommends a new strategy to bring North Korea to the negotiating table

  
News
[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. 

Issue Briefs, Special Reports, Research Papers
Advancing India's relationship with Japan and South Korea: Quest for Middle Power Cooperation
Prakash Panneerselvam
Issue Brief 262
IPCS Forecast 2016
Special Report 182
Contemporary Taiwan: Domestic Politics, External Relations and India’s Interests
Ranjit Gupta
Issue Brief 260
Charting Global Transitions
IPCS Annual 2015
Special Report 178
IPCS Forecasts: East Asia in 2015
Sandip Kumar Mishra
Special Report 175
Indias Strategy Towards the Koreas and Japan
Skand Tayal
Issue Brief 246
China and the ADIZ
IPCS Special Focus
Special Report 148
The Russian Pivot to Asia Pacific
Baladas Ghoshal
Issue Brief 242
China and its Peripheries: Contentious Relations with North Korea
Ranjit Kumar Dhawan
Issue Brief 231
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
Issue Brief 223
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
Issue Brief 198
Book reviews
Angana Guha Roy reviews
Korean Unification: The G-20 Way
 
 

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