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Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part IV – Pyongyang: The View From Beijing

January 29, 2018

  By Riccardo Cociani There is nothing easy regarding Beijing’s strategic calculus about North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK). China’s difficult relationship with the DPRK rests upon balancing its vital interests: first, peace and stability on the Korean peninsula; second, its denuclearization; third, the preservation of its influential relationship with DPRK; fourth, crisis-prevention[1]. … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part IV – Pyongyang: The View From Beijing”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part III – The Taiwan issue and mismatching identities: an ontological security perspective

January 25, 2018

By Dean Chen The Taiwan issue is concerned with the political status of Taiwan: whether it should reunify with Mainland China, declare independence as Republic of Taiwan, or maintain the status quo of being de facto independent but de jure remaining within the ‘One China’ framework. While mainstream perspectives focus on Taiwan’s geopolitical significance and … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part III – The Taiwan issue and mismatching identities: an ontological security perspective”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part II – The view from Tokyo

January 22, 2018

By Andrea Fischetti Characterised as a peace-loving nation, Japan has earned this favourable international reputation through a combination of its culture and society. Also, the Constitution does not allow the country to possess offensive military capabilities.[1] Nonetheless, it is involved in territorial and political disputes with most of its neighbours, and at times, its foreign … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part II – The view from Tokyo”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part I – The view from Pyongyang

January 19, 2018

By Ashley Ryan     The view from Pyongyang is fundamentally different than that of the West. Pyongyang has not only a more monolithic perspective than that of London or Washington (the natural consequence of any dictatorship), it is a culturally and qualitatively dissimilar viewpoint. In order to analyse the outlook of the Democratic People’s Republic … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Part I – The view from Pyongyang”


Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Introduction – One Region, Different Standpoints

January 18, 2018

By Andrea Fischetti   Northeast Asia is a region of crucial importance, from a strategic and economic point of view.   East Asia is home to one fifth of the world’s population, and some of the global economic powerhouses. In particular, the second and third world largest economies, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and … Continue reading “Strife Series on National Perspectives in North-East Asian Rivalries, Introduction – One Region, Different Standpoints”


ULFA: A Persistent Threat

January 16, 2018

By Athul Menath   Since 1979, the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) has been at the forefront of insurgent violence in the Indian state of Assam. The group sprang up during the ‘anti-outsider’ agitation which demanded the expulsion of ethnic Bengalis whose large scale influx had impacted the local demography of Assam. Soon the … Continue reading “ULFA: A Persistent Threat”


Islamist Extremism in the Philippines

January 9, 2018

By Jamie Matthews   On October 17 2017, Philippine President Duterte declared that the city of Marawi had been ‘liberated from terrorist influence‘. The city, located on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, had been under siege by militant groups fighting under the flag of the so-called Islamic State (IS). While the Government’s victory is … Continue reading “Islamist Extremism in the Philippines”


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