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China’s growing presence ratchets tensions in Sri Lanka

Holding a key position along strategic maritime routes, Sri Lanka has drawn a high level of economic investment. China and India, long-time competitors for influence in the Indian Ocean, have brought their geopolitical competition to the ports of Sri Lanka – and raised social unrest risks locally in the process.

Asia Pacific Economics South and Central Asia

Will Trump’s Asia tour fix America’s Southeast Asia problem?

Trump’s Asia tour is a chance to present a more concrete US strategy, to reassure allies, and to shape the region’s geopolitics in America’s favor.

Politics South and Central Asia

Kyrgyz elections stoke regional tensions

The Kyrgyz presidential elections are a positive sign for democracy, but a recent quarrel between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan threatens integration efforts.

Economics Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia Special Reports

Special Report: Grasberg mine talks signal Indonesia’s strengthening resolve

Despite issues concerning the Indonesian government’s divestment plans for Papua’s Grasberg mine, there are growing signs that Indonesia will get its way.

Security South and Central Asia

Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy faces first test

With recent bloody attacks showing the Taliban seemingly stronger than ever in Afghanistan, will Trump succeed where Obama failed?

International Politics Security South and Central Asia The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Japan prepares for snap election amid heightened tensions with North Korea. Catalan parliament declares independence. Major exporters balk at Brexit WTO arrangements. International Contact Group discusses Afghan peace process in Russia. All

South and Central Asia

A stellar power in the making? The role of India in the global space economy

This year has been a milestone for India in terms of increasing its competitiveness in the growing global space industry.

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

Kaladan woes reflect frustrated Indian vision for Myanmar and Southeast Asia

India’s ambitions to establish a foothold in Myanmar and strengthen ties with Southeast Asia risk being jeopardised by the ongoing Kaladan project.

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil at a crossroads

Europe’s war against palm oil and overall western pressure risks pushing Indonesia and Malaysia closer to less regulated markets.

Politics South and Central Asia

Trump’s wall threatens Mexican environmental progress

The US decision to leave the Paris Agreement is likely to affect the environments of other nations and the US-Mexico border wall is an example of the risk.