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International Security

Forget nuclear: Chemical weapons are the real weapons of mass destruction threat

Chemical weapons are the most widely available weapons of mass destruction and perhaps the least challenging sort to pursue.

Asia Pacific Future Generator

Future Generator: Why media is negative on the Senkaku Islands

The ‘Future Generator’ is a highly unique and cutting-edge approach to forecasting ‘media sentiment’, developed by a partnership between Global Risk Insights (GRI) and Ethnographic Edge (EE). The aim of

Asia Pacific Politics Power Brokers

The enduring influence of Prem Tinsulanonda

Former head of Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda is returning to political power in Thailand, which bodes well for the country’s political and economic success.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

World responds to executive orders and congressional plans. US unemployment will serve as opening salvo to unified Republican government. Japan holds interest rates. Bank of England to make first interest rate decision since hard Brexit announcement. All in The Week Ahead.

Outlook for 2017 Politics South and Central Asia

2017 Preview: Southeast Asia is set to embrace more volatility

Southeast Asia in 2016 has been marked by busy political agendas, challenges by ethnic tensions, religious conflicts, and regional stability issues.

Asia Pacific Europe

Assessing the outcome of the “Hot Springs Summit”

Despite a lack of breakthrough on the return of the Kuril Islands, Abe likely came away with more to help Japan in light of its interests down the road.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Yellen speaks. BoJ discusses rates. EU-Ukraine Association meets. Russia releases economic figures. Electoral College votes.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

US hikes rates. South Korea holds security talks. Concerns grows over Sudan. The European Council meets. Putin and Abe discuss deal. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Economics

Can Russia ride China’s trade lead in Southeast Asia?

China immediately seized upon President-Elect Trump’s victory to offer its proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) as an alternative to the TPP. Russia backing the proposal signals a call for a

Asia Pacific Economics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Singapore latest to be punished by China’s opportunism

China’s seizure of Singapore’s military assets is part of a larger effort to punish neighbours for geo-political faux pas and cozy relations with the U.S.