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Asia's Game of Thrones
Asia's Game of Thrones
Philippines: Keep Your Feuds Outta ASEAN

The Trump Administration is likely to comply.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Philippines Defense Minister Denounces China’s Militarization

Do the defense minister’s words signify a rift within Manila’s top leadership?

Asia's Game of Thrones
As Duterte Bows to China, Can Japan Make Inroads?

Duterte is still taking great pains to avoid antagonizing Beijing, but Japan could play a key role in tempering his pivot.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Trump Green Lights South Korean THAAD

The Trump administration has reaffirmed plans for a joint US-South Korean missile defense system, much to China’s chagrin.

Asia's Game of Thrones
China Sails Aircraft Carrier Through Taiwan Strait

Following extensive drills in the South China Sea, a Chinese carrier fleet sailed through the Taiwan Strait on its way home.

Asia's Game of Thrones
India Offers Missiles to Vietnam

India is continuing to place big bets on Vietnam as both countries confront an increasingly aggressive China.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Moscow and Manila’s Military Flirtation

With their latest courtship, Manila and Moscow are sending two unwelcome messages to Washington

Asia's Game of Thrones
India Mulls Enhanced Naval Cooperation with Japan

India’s naval chief is exploring new cooperation with Japan as the two countries grow closer on several fronts.

Asia's Game of Thrones
China Adds Another Pearl to Its Growing String

China’s drive to control its connections with the rest of the world continues in Sri Lanka.

Asia's Game of Thrones
China Plays Hardball With Singapore

China’s seizure of Singapore’s troop carriers is a power move that sends a signal about Beijing’s displeasure with the Lion City.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

The Trump Administration is likely to comply.

demographic transformation

The millennial urban boom may be coming to a close. This could have major consequences for America’s politics and geography.

A Heavy Lift

No, probably not. But President Trump may have trouble lifting them in the first place.

Delivering on Promises

TPP, NAFTA, and a special deal with the UK: Trump’s first week will be a busy one.

WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.


Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

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