The inter-Korean Summit and prospects for a permanent peace on the Korean peninsula are fraught with complexities and challenges.  The April 27th, 2018 Summit comes after almost 18 months of deepening of tensions on the peninsula as Pyongyang accelerated its missile and nuclear development in the wake of President...
Despite sharing resources and sea lines of communication (abbreviated as SLOC) in the ECS, Sino-Japanese relations have been marred in their inability to reconcile their differences over understandings of territories in the East China Sea (ECS) called Diaoyutai in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese. This has left both China...
The upcoming inter-Korean summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in is laden with complexity and uncertainty. What is more, the outcome is not a foregone conclusion considering North Korea’s track record of diplomatic brinkmanship to extract concessions from South Korea and interests...
There are two interpretations of what the Chinese constitution stands for. One interpretation conceptualizes the Chinese constitution as something not akin to the constitution found in the West. For example, the articles within the constitution can be changed according to circumstances and the needs of the Party. The Constitution...
Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s hastily organised visit to Mara-Lago to meet President Trump comes at a time in which a constellation of significant events has caused Japan to recalibrate its diplomatic approach with both North Korea and the US. At the domestic level, Abe faces scandals at home that threatens to derail the political...
Pyongyang's skillful Winter Olympic diplomacy has temporarily decreased tension between the North and the South, giving it valuable time to consolidate both its missile and nuclear strategic deterrent which is squarely aimed at the US. This temporary lull in friction has placed South Korea’s President Moon in the impossible...
In response to accusations of human rights violation from the United States, came a curiously nuanced response from Rodrigo Duterte: 'The Philippines is not a vassal state, We have long ceased to be a colony of the United States'. Seeing the Philippines as a long-standing ally, Dutere's blatant display...
Sino-Japanese relations have enjoyed a relative lull in their complicated relationship over the past six months. In September 2017, PM Abe paid a surprise visit to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo marking China’s upcoming National Day as well as the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Japan-China relations at...
Besieged by international sanctions, the recently-nuclear North Korea is enjoying an unexpected economic boom. In 2016, the regime touted a GDP growth rate of 3.9%, the tallest spike since 1999. Now a 3.9% may not be much to brag about and with its tiny economy, such growth would hardly...
A tropical paradise for many tourists, the island nation of Maldives is threatened by a rising sea level, environmental crisis and, now, political disarray. In 5th of February, Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, Maldives current president, declared a state of emergency for 15 days, in order to prevent the Supreme Court from...