Politics & Security


Beyond Choosing Between China and the US

by Satu Limaye
The current "balance of relations" in the Asia Pacific is at risk if the United States and China pressure countries in the region to "choose" between them.

The Expanding Indo-Japanese Partnership

by K.V. Kesavan
The May 2013 Joint Statement signed by the two leaders refers to the elaborate institutional framework the two countries have built together for conducting dialogues and consultations covering a wide range of political and economic subjects, including shared security...

U.S. People-to-People Engagement with ASEAN

by Damien Tomkins
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry singled out the Brunei-U.S. English Language Enrichment Program for ASEAN, an initiative that is cooperatively administered by the East-West Center and the University of Brunei Darussalam, in his opening remarks at the U.S.-ASEAN...

Australia and India: Indo-Pacific Partners

by David Brewster
David Brewster, Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defense Studies Center, Australian National University, explains that “The development of the India-Australia relationship is consistent with Washington’s objectives for both countries to take a more active...
Bridget Welsh, Associate Professor of Political Science at the Singapore Management University, explains that “Najib now faces multiple challenges, from electoral legitimacy and inclusive national representation across ethnic communities and classes, to building...

Why Immigration Is an Asian American Issue

by Tram Kieu
Asian Americans strongly support immigration reform, with 58 percent in favor of a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

South Korea: National Security or National Pride Regarding Japan?

by Krista E. Wiegand
Krista E. Wiegand, recent POSCO Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center, explains that “The South Korean government will not be able to deal with the larger issue of security relations with Japan until disputed issues symbolized by Dokdo/Takeshima are sufficiently...

Deciphering Australia’s Defense Budget

by Mark Thomson
Mark Thomson, Senior Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), explains that “If the symbolic political target of a budget surplus cannot be reached, the remaining constraints on spending are weak. So, counter intuitively, the failure to deliver a...