East Asia Compass by Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra
  • COVID-19 and the Japan Olympics: Evaluating a Range of Imperfect Choices
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    05 Jul, 2021   ·    5774
    Japan is likely to host the Tokyo Summer Olympics on 23 July-8 August 2021. Initially scheduled for July-August 2020, it was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are concerns that if the Games happen now, even after a year‚Ä ...
  • Biden‚Äôs North Korea Policy: Has ‚ÄėStrategic Patience‚Äô Returned?
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    30 May, 2021   ·    5769
    The Biden administration has reportedly completed its review of US policy towards North Korea. While the details have not been announced, officials have used terms such as ‚Äúcalibrated,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúpractical,‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmeasured‚ÄĚ to publicly ...
  • US, China, and a Two-Pronged Japanese Foreign Policy
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    30 Apr, 2021   ·    5764
    Japan continues to be the most important US ally in the Indo-Pacific. This is despite the dilution of its ‚ÄėIndo-Pacific strategy‚Äô into the ‚ÄėIndo-Pacific vision‚Äô over the past few years, and close cooperation with China in address ...
  • President Biden and the Making of a New US Policy on North Korea
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    19 Mar, 2021   ·    5758
    The change of leadership in the US means that a new strategy on North Korea will be articulated. This article looks at the developments in this regard: the ways in which the Biden presidency could differ from the previous administration‚ ...
  • Confronting an ‚ÄúAssertive‚ÄĚ China: Nearly All Roads Lead to Taiwan
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    28 Dec, 2020   ·    5748
    China‚Äôs disruptive behaviour through 2020 has increasingly led the international community to become more vocal about the difficulty of coexisting with a Beijing that is ‚Äúassertive,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúirresponsible,‚Äô‚Äô and ‚Äúopaque.‚ÄĚ This s ...
  • RCEP: An Indian Miscalculation?
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    27 Nov, 2020   ·    5743
    The conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) between China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and 10 Southeast Asian countries is an important development in the Indo-Pacific’s econom ...
  • A Cancelled China-Japan-South Korea Trilateral Summit Means Advantage China
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    28 Oct, 2020   ·    5735
    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has reportedly said that it would be ‚Äúimpossible‚ÄĚ for him to visit South Korea to participate in the upcoming Trilateral Summit Meeting between China, Japan, and South Korea this year unless ‚Äú ...
  • Japan, India, and the World: The Significance of Yoshihide Suga as Prime Minister
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    24 Sep, 2020   ·    5727
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigned from his post earlier this month due to health reasons; shortly after becoming the longest serving Japanese PM in the post-war period. On 16 September, Yoshihide Suga, one of the contenders to emerge in ...
  • To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw: South Korea‚Äôs Strategic Calculus and the GSOMIA
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    26 Aug, 2020   ·    5716
    On 24 August, the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), an intelligence-sharing agreement between South Korea and Japan, was automatically extended for another year. Article 21(3) of the agreement states: “T ...
  • ‚ÄėRotational‚Äô Deployment of US Troops: Implications for Regional Security
    Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra   ·    30 Jul, 2020   ·    5710
    On 21 July 2020, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that the Pentagon is considering ‚Äúreadjustments‚ÄĚ to US‚Äô military presence across the world. They are seeking a ‚Äúrotational‚ÄĚ deployment of forces for ‚Äústrategic flexibility ...
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