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By: John Chan

@DN, Please spare us your cold war babbling, every nation has security machinery to watch its citizens and everybody else in the nation to behave within the confines tolerated by the ruling elites. Barbed wire camps, courts, emergency task forces, etc. Show More Summary

Abdullah Yaamin Elected President of the Maldives

Abdullah Yaamin, a conservative candidate related to former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, is the new president of the Maldives. The development brings to an end the looming political uncertainty that has been plaguing the archipelago...Show More Summary

India’s Emerging Blue-Water Navy

On November 16, the Indian Navy finally took delivery of aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, formerly the Adm. Gorshkov, at Sevmash Shipyard in northern Russia's Severodvinsk town. The acquisition marks a new phase in India’s quest to...Show More Summary

China Arrests Right-Wing Japanese Politician

A local Japanese politician known for his hardline views on sovereignty issues has been arrested in China while traveling in the country. Takuma Sakuragi, a member of the Inazawa Municipal Assembly in Aichi prefecture, was arrested in...Show More Summary

Why Taiwan’s Allies are Flocking to Beijing

A week ago, Taiwan enjoyed formal diplomatic relations with 23 countries, largely concentrated in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. As of November 15, that number is down to 22, thanks to a surprise announcement by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh that his country would cut its diplomatic ties to Taiwan. Show More Summary

Russia Flies Strategic Bombers Close to Japanese Airspace (Again)

The Japanese Air Self-Defence Force (ASDF) was placed on high alert and scrambled jets after two Russian long-range Tu-95 strategic bombers (comparable to American B-52s) flew the length of the Ryukyu Island chain on Sunday. According...Show More Summary

Xi Jinping: China’s Hope and Change President?

The international focus on China’s recent Third Plenum illustrates two things: China’s influence in the world is growing, and the world’s interest in China has followed suit. As a result, more people than ever are following Chinese politics and issuing judgments on China’s leaders. Show More Summary

Pervez Musharraf To Be Prosecuted For Treason

When earlier this year, Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan, he seemed to see himself as a messiah figure – back from self-imposed exile to run in this year’s election. Since then, he’s managed to get himself wrapped up in a wide variety...Show More Summary

Spain Has Indicted Hu Jintao Over Tibet

Last month, Spain’s National Court indicted China’s ex-president, Hu Jintao for grave crimes against humanity, South China Morning Post and other publications reported. The Madrid-based Tibetan Support Committee originally filed a lawsuit...Show More Summary

Congress May Have Just Killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The increasingly beleaguered Trans-Pacific Partnership might have been delivered a mortal blow last week when a large bipartisan group of Congress members came out against giving President Obama Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority. Congressional...Show More Summary

Is China and Taiwan’s Diplomatic Truce Over?

An air of uncertainty descended upon Taipei on November 14 when he tricolor Gambian flag was pulled down at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hours after rumors had emerged that Banjul had unilaterally severed ties with Taiwan. By day’s...Show More Summary

Malaysian Authorities Whitewash Street Artist’s Lego Mural

Authorities in Jahor Bahru have covered up a mural painted by Lithuanian street artist, Ernest Zacharevic, a permanent resident nicknamed “Malaysia’s Banksy” by the media. The mural depicted two Lego figures: a woman carrying a designer handbag and a robber wielding a knife just around the corner. Show More Summary

China’s Energy Rebalancing: A New Gazpolitik?

China’s rapidly growing economy has put the nation’s political leaders under pressure to secure energy resources for stable development. The country’s urbanization and economic rebalancing will have substantial consequences for the world’s energy markets. Show More Summary

China Will Need Transparency for Reforms

Throughout the period before, during and after this month’s Third Plenum of China’s Communist Party’s Central committee, observers have swung from almost ecstatic optimism, through hopeful caution, into overblown pessimism and now back to hopeful, cautious anticipation. Show More Summary

Harsh Realities in Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

The aftermath of super typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest and most devastating cyclones in recorded history, has left the Philippines in a state of deep paralysis as it confronts a national calamity. Powerful winds reaching gusts of...Show More Summary

China May Lead Nuclear Inspections in Iran

China is considering taking the lead on implementing more robust inspections of Iran’s nuclear program, a new report says. An article in this week’s issue of Newsweek magazine reports on a track two meeting about Iran’s nuclear program...Show More Summary

Sri Lanka: Engaging the Diaspora

The 23 rd Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) opened in Sri Lanka on November 15. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has decided to boycott, citing governance shortcomings in the host country. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a late decision to stay away also. Show More Summary

The Congressional Threat to an Iran Deal

At a time when Congressional ineptitude is at an all-time high (and approval ratings concomitantly low), I’d like to see as little Congressional influence over the highest echelons of U.S. national security policy as possible. One case in point is the increasingly delicate situation with Iran. Show More Summary

Nexus 5 vs. LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: The Best of Android

The end of the year is closing in fast, and in case you’ve waited for the most powerful flagship phones of 2013 to hit the market before making a purchase, there’s no need to wait any longer. Now that the LG Nexus 5 has been released,...Show More Summary

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