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North America Politics

Trump’s “America First” policy: provoking adversaries and alarming allies

When U.S. president Donald Trump addressed the General Assembly in late September, he promised “to defend America’s interests above all else.”

Asia Pacific Politics

Catching the Dragon: Challenges and prospects for U.S.-China relations

How will the erosion of American power and China’s strategic interests shape the rules and institutions of a new international system? While China’s hegemonic power has reached its zenith in

Asia Pacific Security

Two lessons on Asia the U.S. must heed

In determining its rebalance strategy in Asia, the US must learn from Russia’s failure and Australia’s success. Echoing George F. Kennan’s “Long Telegram” with respect to strategic foreign policy, the

Asia Pacific Security

What is Russia signalling by circumnavigating Japan?

Russia has circumnavigated Japan, signalling its role as a great power-player in the Asia-Pacific. During the Cuban Missile Crisis over 50 years ago, U.S. Secretary of Defense McNamara was known

Asia Pacific Security

Japan defence industry: Arm thy neighbour

The lifting of the ban on weapon exportation, strongly advocated by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reflects the intention of Japan to establish important partnerships in the region. This serves to

Politics South and Central Asia

What to take away from Obama’s trip to India

The meeting between the heads of the world’s oldest and the world’s biggest democracy proved to be more than just show as the two leaders managed to strike an accord

Politics South and Central Asia

What to expect from Obama’s trip to India

President Barack Obama heads Sunday to India in the United States’ latest attempt to move closer with India. Though the relationship between the two powers has not been without its

Asia Pacific Security

US Decline Series: US shows long-term commitment to Asia-Pacific security

While rising tensions have provoked concern over the United States’ status as the region’s security guarantor, the Pacific Power is not going anywhere. This GRI series challenges the myth of the

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Final agreement with Iran would boost trade but hurt China

With the introduction of a comprehensive agreement and the thawing of U.S-Iranian relations, a new era of regional dynamics will be ushered in. Some of these dynamics could adversely impact

Asia Pacific Security

U.S. Air Force expands Asia Pacific presence

The United States has worked to enhance its military positioning in the Asia-Pacific as part of its strategic “pivot”. Last month, the Saipan Tribune wrote that the U.S. Air Force