East Asia Compass
South Korea's 'Moonshine' and a Trump-Kim Summit
Dr Sandip Kumar Mishra · 12 Mar, 2018 · #5447 · Commentary · Column
In a major of turn of events, US President Donald Trump has announced direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The US and North Korea have been loggerheads for a long time on the issue of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. The ...
Can Australian Democracy Dull Chinese Sharp Power?
Rachael Strogoff · 09 Mar, 2018 · #5444 · Commentary
Australian professor Clive Hamilton’s book, Silent Invasion: China’s influence in Australia recently arrived in bookstores, following the withdrawal of three previous publishers. The challenges preceding its publication corroborate the book’s ...
2018 US Nuclear Posture Review: Intent and Implications
Shivani Singh · 09 Mar, 2018 · #5445 · Commentary
Earlier this year, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board announced their decision to move the Doomsday Clock closer to midnight. Around the same time, the US Department of Defense released the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review ...
Women Cyber Warriors and the Indian Military
Vijay Sakhuja · 08 Mar, 2018 · #5442 · Commentary
The stage is set for the entry of women as ‘cyber warriors’ in the Indian armed forces. The Indian Army chief noted in 2017 that plans were in place to employ women officers "in new cadres such as cyber" since the country fac ...
Regulating India's Cattle Industry: A Socio-Economic Assessment
Ayan Tewari · 08 Mar, 2018 · #5443 · Commentary
On 23 May 2017, a notification issued under the 1960 Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act was passed, placing new regulations on the cattle industry. The livestock sector (consisting of meat, dairy, and eggs) now makes up 28 per cent of the agrari ...
Winter Olympics in the Nuclear Shadow
Sheel kant Sharma · 05 Mar, 2018 · #5441 · Commentary · Column
Mixed signals have come from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics but they are once again wrapped in fierce and heightened rhetoric; from Washington, about the dire consequences of North Korean defiance in word and deed, and Pyongyong calling sanctions an ...
Musical Chairs in China's Parliament
Srikanth Kondapalli · 28 Feb, 2018 · #5440 · Commentary
On 26 February, the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party of China (CCP) proposed a series of constitutional amendments including changing the two-term norm for the president and vice-president posts. No specific term period was mentioned i ...
The Debut of Counter-Drone Technologies
Vijay Sakhuja · 27 Feb, 2018 · #5438 · Commentary · Column
During his speech at the Munich Security Conference in February 2018, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "brandished" a piece of debris from an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) brought down by the Israeli military after it ent ...
Reorienting Saudi Foreign Policy: From Islam to the Arab Identity
Pieter-jan Dockx · 27 Feb, 2018 · #5439 · Commentary
Since the rise of Saudi Arabia’s new de-facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), there have been subtle yet important changes in the Kingdom’s foreign policy. The traditional Salafist discourse has partly made space for increased references to ' ...
Goldfein's Visit and IAF-USAF Affiliation
Murli Menon · 19 Feb, 2018 · #5435 · Commentary
US Air Force (USAF) Chief Gen David L Goldfein visit to India in February, along with the Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Gen Terrence O’ Shaughnessy, was an important development indicating the US' interest in greater operational association ...