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Asia Pacific Insights

Nuclear energy challenges in Japan

Japan has adopted a peaceful approach towards nuclear technology, limiting it to the use of supplying electricity. This is now creating challenges.

Asia Pacific Politics

A change in the East Asian balance of power? The implications of the Trump-Kim Summit

Ever since the end of the Korean War in 1953, the United States and South Korea have formed a liberal democratic alliance, in opposition to the communist North Korea. Although the two allies have encountered ups and downs throughout the decades, recent developments gave hope that a fundamental change to the nature of America’s engagements in the Korean peninsula might occur. However, President Trump’s last two summits with Kim Jong-un have made little progress, and questions concerning how to successfully engage North Korea persist.

Europe Natural resources and energy

Russia is gradually developing its Arctic LNG strategy

Due to its geographic location, natural resource extraction in the Arctic circle is strategically important for Russia’s overall energy strategy. At the same time, Russia is gradually shifting away from the traditional state-controlled gas trade through pipelines and is increasing its LNG production.

Asia Pacific Environment

Environmental, social, and governance trends in Asia

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues traditionally have not been a priority for investors and asset owners throughout Asia as compared to their Western counterparts. However, recent decisions by Japanese pension funds and Chinese policymakers may stimulate more interest throughout the region.

International The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 16-22 September

Elections in the Maldives. Japan interest rates. Swiss food referendum. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Sanctions, oil, and the emerging China-Russia-Iran axis

Although China has backpedalled on proposed tariffs on U.S. crude imports, the move is indicative of its need to diversify sources and steps may now be taken to enable China to play the oil card in the future – including imports from Iran despite sanctions, and drawing closer to Russia. 

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead: 11 – 17 March 2018

Putin set to win another presidential term. Special election in Pennsylvania provides political bellwhether. Bank of Japan releases meeting minutes. All in the Week Ahead. RUSSIA:  Putin set to win

Asia Pacific Security

An old dispute re-emerges as Russia militarises Kuril Islands

A long-standing territorial dispute continues to disrupt relations between Japan and Russia. This is negatively impacting economic cooperation between the two countries, with the potential to be detrimental for both parties.

Asia Pacific Security

The revival of Asia’s quadrilateral security dialogue

A meeting between senior officials from the United States, India, Japan, and Australia took place in Manila on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit to discuss regional and global cooperation.

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

Japan’s strategic counter to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Japan is making significant plays to counter China’s expanding influence by cooperating with India and the United States on ports and high-speed road networks from Asia to Africa.