This Policy Alert – written by Timothy Westmyer, program and research assistant at the Sigur Center – explores the Philippines’s maritime case against China before a UN arbitration tribunal on Beijing’s alleged violation of the UN Convention on the Law of the Seas, the role of energy security debates in the dispute, and the reactions of other Asian powers to these developments.
Bhubhindar Singh, RPI Visiting Scholar and associate professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, writes that while Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s recent visit to the United States brought new defense guidelines for the two countries, this positive development remains dampened by Japan’s image problem in East Asia.
Meeting the energy demands of a growing economy is one of the primary challenges in the 21st century. Three experts who participated in a major Sigur Center research project presented their findings that there are relatively optimist prospects for energy security in Asia, thus posing a challenge to prevailing assumptions and fears. This Policy Brief explores energy debates in Asia, the factors underlying them, and the future outlook for energy security in the region.
Nationalism has recently become more salient in Russian foreign policy debates, especially after the annexation of Crimea last year. How does this resurgence of nationalism affect Russia’s foreign policy and its relationship with the United States and Europe? Should we expect to see a more assertive Russia in the coming years? In this Policy Brief, we provide insights from Andrew C. Kuchins, Director and Senior Fellow of Russia and Eurasia Program, the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
What is the future of the Chinese Communist Party? In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, RPI author David Shambaugh argues “The endgame of communist rule in China has begun, and Xi Jinping’s ruthless measures are only bringing the country closer to a breaking point.”
Nationalism has greatly shaped debates in Iran on what role the country should assume in the Middle East and in the world. How have these debates evolved under President Hassan Rouhani’s administration over the past two years? How do they differ from the debates that occurred during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency? In this Policy Brief, we provide insights from Farideh Farhi, Affiliate Graduate of Faculty, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The launch of a UN arbitration tribunal on the China-Philippines maritime dispute has Asian powers watching closely as these debates unfold. From July 7 to 13 at The Hague, the Philippine delegation argued China violated …Read More »
The Iran nuclear agreement is a great victory for US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, neither of whom have had much success in foreign policy. Despite all the compromises, the Iran …Read More »
After long, fractious negotiations, world powers and Iran struck a historic deal on Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. This Policy Alert examines reactions from China, India, Russia, …Read More »
RPI author David Shambaugh discusses the reform challenges the Chinese Communist Party faces today.