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Will China’s military rival the United States’ in the Pacific? Will Japan abandon the constitutional fetters on its own military? How will India respond to the String of Pearls strategy? The Diplomat has put together a team of leading analysts to offer must-read, regular commentary on the big defense and security issues in the Asia-Pacific.

5 Books to Understand 2020
December 24, 2020

5 Books to Understand 2020

By Abhijnan Rej
Geopolitical tensions on top of a pandemic has made 2020 a turning point for many countries. Here are five books to understand the year better – and what the future may hold.

Is France Capable of Being an Indo-Pacific Power?
December 24, 2020

Is France Capable of Being an Indo-Pacific Power?

By Kim Beng Phar and Clementine Bizot?
France is rarely mentioned as an important actor in the Indo-Pacific, but its vast EEZ in the region underpins its interests.
The Lesson of 2020? Security Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does
December 23, 2020

The Lesson of 2020? Security Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

By Jacob Parakilas
And science and technology will only take us so far when it comes to future threats, conventional or otherwise.

India-Vietnam Summit: From Normative Convergence to Substantive Cooperation
December 22, 2020

India-Vietnam Summit: From Normative Convergence to Substantive Cooperation

By Abhijnan Rej
The basic precepts that shape both countries’ foreign policies are similar, paving the way for a much deeper relationship.

Biden and the Credibility Conundrum: What If China Attacks Taiwan?
December 22, 2020

Biden and the Credibility Conundrum: What If China Attacks Taiwan?

By Robert Farley
American presidents have worried about the credibility of their threats since the beginning of the Nuclear Age.

Israel Is Stuck Between the Superpowers
December 18, 2020

Israel Is Stuck Between the Superpowers

By Gedaliah Afterman
An effective foreign investment review mechanism will help Israel’s relationship with both the U.S. and China.

India Inches Forward to Block Chinese Telecom Equipment
December 17, 2020

India Inches Forward to Block Chinese Telecom Equipment

By Abhijnan Rej
A new directive to issue “trust source” certification for telecom equipment paves the way for a ban on Chinese 5G solutions.
Wargames: Losing Is Learning, Learning Is Winning
December 16, 2020

Wargames: Losing Is Learning, Learning Is Winning

By Jeffrey T. Vanak
It is imperative the U.S. military learns from wargame losses.

China’s Space Program Suggests Decoupling Won’t Work Like the US Hopes
December 16, 2020

China’s Space Program Suggests Decoupling Won’t Work Like the US Hopes

By Brantly Womack
The U.S. has long frozen China out of space cooperation. That hasn’t stopped China from making substantial progress.

US Sanctions Turkey Over Russian Air Defense System, Raising Questions and Concerns
December 16, 2020

US Sanctions Turkey Over Russian Air Defense System, Raising Questions and Concerns

By Abhijnan Rej
US sanctions on Turkey’s main defense acquisitions agency has raised questions about American nuclear weapons in the country – and whether a similar fate will befall India next year.

How US Sanctions Are Pushing Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea Closer Together 
December 12, 2020

How US Sanctions Are Pushing Iran, Venezuela, and North Korea Closer Together?

By Jason Bartlett and Emily Jin
U.S. policymakers should consider how to adapt sanctions implementation to undercut the hostile coalition of sanctioned nations.
The Trump National Space Policy: What’s New in Principles and Goals
December 11, 2020

The Trump National Space Policy: What’s New in Principles and Goals

By Abhijnan Rej
The new space policy differs from the one issued by the Obama administration in interesting but unsurprising ways.

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