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The rule of law or rule of politics? Narratives from Timor-Leste on tip-toeing the “law”

October 5, 2018

By Sapna Reheem Shaila*   Eighteen years ago, Timor-Leste was on the tip of the tongue of every international law enthusiast along with Kosovo, when the UN set its transitional administration in the country. After Timor-Leste restored its independence, international partners, especially the UN, assisted the country in adopting new laws and institutions as part of … Continue reading “The rule of law or rule of politics? Narratives from Timor-Leste on tip-toeing the “law””


Sino-North Korean relationship: a rivalry in brewing?

March 29, 2018

By Yiming Yu   Interactions between China and North Korea always attract attention, particularly in the time of crisis. When Song Tao, a senior Chinese diplomat, visited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in November 2017, to inform the outcome of Communist Party’s 19th Congress, the reports on this visit raised many observers’ eyebrows … Continue reading “Sino-North Korean relationship: a rivalry in brewing?”


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, 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”


Japan’s Role in the North Korean crisis will remain a marginal one

October 9, 2017

By Andrea Fischetti   The latest missile test conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on September 15 was the second in a row to directly involve Japan. The Korean intermediate range missile flew over the land of the rising sun for the second time in two weeks, and these tests undoubtedly pose … Continue reading “Japan’s Role in the North Korean crisis will remain a marginal one”


Strife Feature – Cautious waters in an Asian Century: Militarization in the South China Sea in 2017

April 6, 2017

By: Douglas Gray As stakeholders and policy makers work on predictions of the direction the Trump Administration’s foreign policy will take, uncertainty regarding Washington’s moves in the Asia-Pacific has mounted. Overtures from the new administration regarding a $54bn increase in the Pentagon’s military budget next year, a ten percent rise to ‘ensure America wins its … Continue reading “Strife Feature – Cautious waters in an Asian Century: Militarization in the South China Sea in 2017”


Strife Series on Grand Strategy, Part II: Is Trump saying “Sayonara” to U.S. Grand Strategy in East Asia?

December 14, 2016

By Andrea Fischetti U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s statements on foreign policy often contradict both his own past statements and those of his national security advisers. However, one thing has remained consistent over time, and that is Trump’s view of East Asia. Accordingly, the new Republican administration will likely call for decreased U.S. involvement in East … Continue reading “Strife Series on Grand Strategy, Part II: Is Trump saying “Sayonara” to U.S. Grand Strategy in East Asia?”


Strife Series on Grand Strategy, Introduction: Whither Grand Strategy?

December 9, 2016

By: John A. Pennell In light of recent Western political developments—“Brexit,” Trump’s U.S. electoral victory, rise of populist and/or far-right movements across Europe—coupled with an assertive China, a resurgent Russia, bolder actions from Iran and North Korea, continued terrorist threats from ISIS and its affiliates, and an ongoing refugee crisis emanating from Africa and the … Continue reading “Strife Series on Grand Strategy, Introduction: Whither Grand Strategy?”


North Korea – more of the same, but where is it heading?

May 1, 2013

By Michael Jefferson For those who follow North Korea the pronouncements of 30 March that it was entering a “state of war” with South Korea followed by the 2 April declaration that it will restart its Yongbyon nuclear complex were the latest in a set of provocative acts that the secretive regime has performed over … Continue reading “North Korea – more of the same, but where is it heading?”


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