- NewsletterBy Arif Havas OegrosenoApr 15, 2014
There seems to be an obsession among political commentators in Asia and beyond that Indonesia has to admit that it is a claimant state in the South China Sea (SCS) dispute and, therefore, must surrender its role as a “mediator”. This is indeed laughable in the eyes of international law.
- NewsletterBy Andy LimApr 15, 2014
Understanding Pyongyang Inner Circle
- NewsletterBy Dr. Vibhanshu ShekharApr 14, 2014
The heads of government of seven countries of South and Southeast Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand – gathered in Naypyidaw, Myanmar in March 2014 for the third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) summit.
- NewsletterApr 14, 2014
India’s national election commenced on April 7, running until May 12. On May 16, the results will be announced. While it certainly appears the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to win the most seats and be in a good position to form the next government, nothing is certain in Indian politics. Irrespective of who wins, there will be a dramatic leadership change.
- NewsletterBy Matthew P. Goodman, Matthew P. GoodmanDavid A. ParkerApr 14, 2014
After 30 years of spectacular growth, has China hit a wall? Certainly the country’s old growth model seems to be running out of steam: labor is no longer cheap, debt is rising at an alarming pace, and exports can no longer be the leading driver of growth.
- NewsletterApr 10, 2014
On March 30, the Philippines submitted a memorial detailing its arguments and evidence against China’s nine-dash line and other aspects of Beijing’s South China Sea claims to an arbitration tribunal at The Hague. The 10-volume, nearly 4,000-page document marks a bold step by Manila, and one that Beijing seems to have believed never would actually happen.
- Pacific Partners Outlook: Australia’s Search for MH370: Regional Leadership through HADR and Search and RescueNewsletterBy Gregory B. Poling, Benjamin SchaareApr 10, 2014
Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) is presumed to have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean, “about as close to nowhere as it’s possible to be, but . . . closer to Australia than anywhere else,” according to Australian prime minister Tony Abbott.
- NewsletterBy Scott MillerApr 9, 2014
The “rule of law” is important, but it often is taken for granted. In the marketplace, rule of law is like oxygen: it’s difficult to see, but you can’t survive without it. Investment chapters of U.S. free trade agreements, which govern investment rules, have been a topic of controversy since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) first included bilateral investment treaty (BIT) provisions as a trade agreement chapter.
- NewsletterApr 4, 2014
The Korea Chair team takes a biweekly look back at events of interest in Washington, Seoul, and the region from March 20 - April 2, 2014.
- NewsletterBy Andy LimApr 4, 2014
Hwang Joon-kook is the new Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs for the Republic of Korea (ROK), which means he is the country’s top delegate for the Six-Party Talks.