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Asia Pacific Economics

Uncertain times, uncertain ties: Washington courts Vietnam amid regional tensions

Last week, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam travelled to Washington for a four-day summit, which is expected to further cement partnership.

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

What China’s Aircraft Carrier Means for its Naval Defence Capabilities

On April 26 at the Dalian Shipyard, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier.

North America

Reactions of American automotive OEMs threaten US trade deficit and jobs

The hottest of issues on the (negotiation) table when it comes to NAFTA is automotive, the largest source of trade deficit for the US.

Asia Pacific Economics

Japan cannot let go of TPP due to automotive industry

Despite the US pull-out from the TPP, Japan is likely to remain in the treaty to favour its automotive industry.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Rouhani, Trump, and Theresa May: Is rapprochement dead?

Rouhani and his reformist allies rode their platform of social moderation and international engagement to crushing victories.

Natural resources and energy North America

Both America’s left and right have failed on environmental legislation

The United States needs a balanced, consistent approach to environmental policy making, not one prone to U-turns every election cycle.

Asia Pacific Security

After Park: what should we expect for THAAD?

With Park ousted and Trump settling into the White House, THAAD is set to enter a new phase of tensions as Beijing and Washington fight for influence.

International Outlook for 2017 Politics

5 territorial disputes to watch out for in 2017

For several places around the world, 2017 could be a watershed year, as various territorial disputes threaten to boil over amidst a climate of global uncertainty.

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.

Politics

Rethinking Trump’s electoral win and the current populist wave

Trump’s win and Brexit aren’t the result of economic inequality or globalization, but rather due to basic values and vision.