Politics & Security


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...

US-Thai Relations Continue Moving Forward

by Damien Tomkins
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to Washington, D.C., May 5-7, amidst talk of a possible visit to the United States later this year by...

Japan’s Crucial Role in Afghanistan

by Victoria Tuke
Victoria Tuke, Visiting Fellow at the Tokyo Foundation, explains why “The centrality of the US-Japan alliance to Japan is an important consideration regarding Afghanistan, but Japan’s interests are broader than solely the alliance.”