Dr. Deepa Ollapally, director of the Rising Powers Initiative, published an article at The Asan Forum that explored how the election of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2014 shaped expectations of the future direction of India’s foreign policy and the eventual path the Modi government has taken since rising to power.
The $400 billion natural gas agreement concluded by Russia and China in May 2014 was hailed by both countries’ leaders as a game-changing development in international affairs. This Policy Report finds that the Russia-China gas deal is a significant strategic development but not a game-changer in Russia-China relations or in the global geopolitical environment.
Expanding ties between the U.S. and India now span the entire spectrum of foreign policy, inevitably giving rise to convergences and divergences. What are some of the biggest challenges and greatest opportunities in U.S.-India relations? The “Perspectives on U.S.-India Relations” panel, held at the George Washington University on October 5, outlined the contours of the U.S.-India relationship and prospects for its future. Read the full Report here.
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.
On January 16, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Tsai Ing-wen defeated the incumbent Kuomintang Party (KMT) to become the first female president of Taiwan. The DPP also won a majority in the Legislative Yuan and …Read More »
On January 6, North Korea announced it conducted its forth nuclear test, claiming the successful explosion of a hydrogen bomb. As experts work to verify the claim, the international community unanimously condemned Pyongyang with the UN Security …Read More »
On December 12, leaders from more than 190 countries reached a consensus on how to combat climate change after two weeks of intense negotiations and years of diplomatic wrangling. The Paris Agreement will succeed …Read More »
RPI author David Shambaugh discusses the reform challenges the Chinese Communist Party faces today.