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Record-High Afghan Opium Harvest Ahead of NATO Withdrawal

Some South Asia links and reading ahead of the weekend: In a somewhat disappointing piece of news for NATO coalition forces ahead of their withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, Afghan poppy production was reported to see new highs in this year’s harvest. Show More Summary

How to Do Soft Power Right

So the Naval Diplomat did a segment with BBC Radio 4 last night. The interview followed up on Wednesday's commentary, in which I lampooned a certain would-be Asian superpower's obtuse leisurely approach to typhoon relief. Host Philippa...Show More Summary

On Japan’s History: Clearing the Air – and the Agenda

Last year’s leadership changes in China, Japan, and South Korea mark the point at which diplomatic relations between the three countries headed toward sub-zero temperatures. Despite a trilateral deputy foreign ministers’ summit heldShow More Summary

China Tackles One-Child Policy, Death Penalty, & Labor Camps

China has released the resolution detailing the CCP Central Committee's major decisions at the Third Plenum, which was held from Saturday to Tuesday. Interestingly, initial reports from the state media highlight mostly social reform issues, some expected some less so. Show More Summary

Uluru: Aborigines Ask Tourists to Refrain From Climbing

Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations and a driving force behind the Northern Territory’s $1.5 billion tourism economy. The awe-inspiring red monolith, the largest in the world, attractsShow More Summary

Abenomics’ Growth Challenge

Slowing growth in the world’s third-largest economy has challenged the growth story mapped out by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Analysts have not written off his “Abenomics” policies just yet, however. On Thursday, Japan’s Cabinet...Show More Summary

US Tests New Stealthy Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile

Lockheed Martin conducted the second successful test of the new Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) it is developing for the U.S. Navy and Air Force. The missile will be crucial in the U.S. military’s efforts to defeat Anti-Access/Area...Show More Summary

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of China on the UNHRC

Described as a "black day for human rights" and "asking the fox to look after the chickens,” China's recent election to the UN Human Rights Council (alongside Cuba, Saudi Arabia and Russia) has been met with outrage by many concerned groups. Show More Summary

Should America ‘Spread the Theater’ in Asia?

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's a metaphor worth? A lot. If, that is, it's aptly chosen, if folks use it precisely, and if it's not so over used that it loses all meaning. Alas, big institutions — governments, armed forces, firms — have a bad habit. Show More Summary

Vietnam Wins Human Rights Seat Despite Tainted Record

Earlier this year, Global Witness scored international headlines with a telling report on illegal land grabbing in Cambodia and Laos by Vietnamese companies and the extraordinary damage these companies had inflicted on the environment...Show More Summary

Is North Korea’s Navy Finally Falling Apart?

North Korea’s state news agency (KCNA) and South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo reported on November 4 that two North Korean ships sank only a few days apart in mid-October during military drills in the East Sea. With KCNA releasing several photos...Show More Summary

Kim Jong-Un Impersonator Delights Hong Kong, the Internet

Although Kim Jong-Un is no stranger to the international spotlight – from hanging out with NBA legend Dennis Rodman to being named the Sexiest Man Alive in 2012 – the North Korean dictator is rarely photographed outside of Pyongyang....Show More Summary

Mongolians Aim for the Bull’s-Eye in International Darts Scene

After centuries of honing their aim and discipline from the invasions of Genghis Khan to modern day recreational festivals, Mongolians are putting down their bows and arrows and taking up darts. “When we began entering darts competitions,...Show More Summary

India’s CHOGM 2013 Strategic Blunder

A little over a week ago, I wrote a piece for The Diplomat discussing Manmohan Singh’s bold proclamation of the five principles that, in his view, drove India’s foreign policy. He stated them during a speech to India’s Ambassadors last week. Show More Summary

Does Australia Have a Housing Bubble?

Asian and local investors have being pouring money into Australian property, driving up house prices in Sydney and other major centers. With interest rates relatively low, is the land Down Under set for another housing bubble? In a nation...Show More Summary

China and Malaysia To Hold Maritime Exercises: What Gives?

In a somewhat novel maritime development in the South China Sea, China and Malaysia have agreed to hold joint military exercises next year, following up on a Memorandum of Understanding the two signed in 2005. The exercises were confirmed by Malaysian defense minister Hishammuddin Hussein towards the end of October. Show More Summary

Air-Sea Battle 2.0: A Global A2/AD Response

In a recent article here in Flashpoints, William Yale attempts to make the case that Air-Sea Battle is, as the title points out a “dangerous, unaffordable threat.” Indeed, such an argument has been made before among a vocal crowd here in Washington defense circles. Show More Summary

Nexus 5 vs. Nexus 4: Should You Upgrade?

As expected, this year Google continued its Nexus smartphone legacy. The previously rumored Nexus 5 became a reality not long ago, and fans of the brand can now purchase the device from the Google Play Store at a very competitive price. Show More Summary

Disappointment With Third Plenum Is Premature

As my colleague Ankit noted yesterday, the general sentiment seems to be that China’s Third Plenum was a major disappointment. The Wall Street Journal captured this feeling with a headline proclaiming “After Long Wind-Up, Xi Delivers...Show More Summary

Ram Leela: Delhi Court OKs Controversial Film After Name Change

Confusion over the title of a hotly anticipated Bollywood production almost resulted in it being banned by a Delhi district court. A petition was filed against the film – originally titled Ram Leela – due to its association with theShow More Summary

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