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Infrastructure setbacks in Indonesia reflect broader risks

President Jokowi’s desire to secure his infrastructure vision before next year’s election holds risks for Indonesia as well as his own candidateship.

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China’s strengthening relationship with Pakistan

Beijing’s recent decision to increase diplomatic, economic and strategic ties with Pakistan is part of a broader strategy to bolster China’s regional influence at Washington’s expense. China’s relations with Pakistan

Politics South and Central Asia

Media crackdown a bad sign for Myanmar

Continued targeting of journalists will compromise the government’s political legitimacy and create greater reputational risks for foreign investors.

Asia Pacific Economics South and Central Asia

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.

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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.