East Asia Compass
Summit Season: From Inter-Korea to Trump-Kim
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 12 May, 2018 · #5465 · Commentary · Column
The news of an inter-Korea summit between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un earlier this year understandably invited a lot of international attention. Pictures of Kim Jong-un holding hands with Moon Jae-in, smiling and crossing the border together, portray ...
Demonetization and the Black Economy
Discussion Report · 12 May, 2018 · #5466 · Commentary
The Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) hosted Prof Arun Kumar, Malcolm Adiseshiah Chair Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), for a discussion on his recently released book, Demonetization and the Black Economy. It was chai ...
China: Naval Drill and Regime Legitimacy
Palden Sonam · 11 May, 2018 · #5463 · Commentary
President Xi Jinping reviewed the largest naval exercise in China’s history in the disputed South China Sea (SCS) on 12 April, barely two days after the USS Theodore Roosevelt sailed through the same troubled sea as in what the US called norm ...
Islamic State Partnerships in West Asia: First Ba’athists, Then Kurds
Pieter-jan Dockx · 11 May, 2018 · #5464 · Commentary
With its attack on Shia militias, the Islamic State (IS) has recently regained prominence in northern Iraq. However, the brief period between the declared victory over IS and its current re-emergence -roughly December 2017-February 2018 - saw the man ...
The Regression of Nuclear Policy
Vice Admiral Vijay Shankar · 03 May, 2018 · #5462 · Commentary · Column
Contemporary trends positing the reversibility of a nuclear exchange presupposes that the antagonists are able to understand mutual aims, objectives and have unimpeachable knowledge of boundaries within which the conflict is to be played out. In turn ...
Between Sanctions and Diplomacy: North Korea's Balancing Act
Shivani Singh · 30 Apr, 2018 · #5461 · Commentary
The possibility of bilateral negotiations between North Korea and the US is a sign of relief after months of prevailing tensions in the Korean Peninsula. Following a long trajectory of strained relations between North Korea and the West, North Korea ...
The Nuclear Consequences of Brexit
Arushi Vig · 19 Apr, 2018 · #5459 · Commentary
After the 2016 Brexit verdict, one area of several areas of concern is nuclear energy. The British civil nuclear programme was meshed with Euratom since the UK's inclusion in the EU in 1973. One consequence of Brexit is Prime Minister Theresa May’s ...
The Chabahar Port Project and Afghanistan’s Alternative Approach to Trade
Jawad Torabi · 19 Apr, 2018 · #5460 · Commentary
and given the tensions in bilateral relations, dependence on the Pakistani
market and trade routes has been a point of vulnerability for Afghanistan, a
landlocked country. To overcome this vulnerability, Kabul has begun looking for
Trump’s Tariffs and a Looming Trade War: India's Stakes
Ayan Tewari · 17 Apr, 2018 · #5458 · Commentary
As US President Donald Trump imposes steel and aluminium tariffs on most countries, India is in a unique position to capitalise on the situation. Trump’s tariffs could direct foreign steel and aluminium towards India, benefitting consumers, distrib ...
New Technologies Demand New Laws and Ethics
Vijay Sakhuja · 16 Apr, 2018 · #5457 · Commentary · Column
The Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) met in Geneva earlier this month and emphasised the critical necessity to ban "fully autonomous weapon systems." They urged states to move towards negotiating a legall ...