With South China Sea debates already on the agenda at the February U.S.-ASEAN summit, new satellite images showing China deployed missiles to a disputed island tested ASEAN’s ability to manage the maritime domain. This Policy Alert covers the reactions in China, India, Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam to these developments and is part of our series on Energy and Maritime Security for the Rising Powers Initiative’s project exploring the linkages between energy security debates and maritime strategies in the Indo-Pacific.
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.
With Britain’s June 23 referendum on whether to remain in the European Union (EU) fast approaching, debates about the future of the United Kingdom and Europe have gained attention across the world. Many observers worry …Read More »
On April 3, an international coalition of journalists released information on thousands of tax shelters created by the Panama-based firm Mossack Fonseca. Global reactions to the leak of over 11 million documents, also known …Read More »
On March 20, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit Cuba since 1928. The trip marked a pivotal moment in the efforts to normalize bilateral relations that have been long characterized …Read More »
RPI author David Shambaugh discusses the reform challenges the Chinese Communist Party faces today.