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Asia's Game of Thrones
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.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Beijing Decries Japan-South Korea Pact

A new intelligence sharing agreement reflects Japan and South Korea’s rapprochement, and China is none too pleased.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Duterte Sets 2022 Deadline for US Troops

The Philippine president now says he wants all foreign troops out by 2022.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Manila to Shrink, Not Scrap, US Defense Ties

The Filipino President has blinked on threats to scrap a crucial defense agreement, but U.S. military cooperation will be downsized.

Asia's Game of Thrones
On Philippines, Kerry Sees a Glass Half-Full

John Kerry says the fundamentals of the relationship with the Philippines are strong, but those words may not be enough to reassure nervous allies.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Rebalancing the Debate on Asia

Despite worrying pivots to China from U.S. allies, long-term trends show that Washington can still maintain an edge over Beijing.

Asia's Game of Thrones
China Makes Hay as Obama Fades Away

Malaysia looks ready to cooperate with Beijing on the South China Sea: another sign of Obama’s collapsing legacy in Asia and around the world.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Malaysia Cozies Up to China

Obama’s pivot to Asia is not exactly going as planned.

Asia's Game of Thrones
As Duterte Pivots, Uncertainty Reigns in Asia

Obama’s Asia policy has a credibility problem, and it goes well beyond Duterte.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Duterte’s Pivot Puts Japan in Spotlight

As Duterte continues to slam the U.S. and look to China, Japan is caught in an awkward position.

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illiberalism

Tribalism on one side strengthens tribalism on the other.

A Setback?

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party suffered a defeat at the polls on Sunday. But the country’s next parliamentary could come sooner than most expect, offering the populists another chance.

Europe's Mess

A “No” vote many thought would strike a serious blow against the EU may have been more of a stay of execution. But that does not mean any of Europe’s underlying problems have gone away.

Budget Battles

Many of the nation’s top military brass have Putin on their minds when looking at the 2018 defense budget.

democracy and its discontents

The outcome of the election made the public more supportive of America’s idiosyncratic election system overall.

Consequences

Yet more proof that the only way to assure good treatment for refugees is to do everything to prevent their displacement in the first place.

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