South China Sea
Why a Code of Conduct on South China Sea Remains Elusive?

Recent developments in South China Sea have necessitated fast-tracking the finalisation of a legally binding Code of Conduct (COC) for all competing parties in the disputed waters. There are doubts, however, if such a documen....

Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor (11-17 March 2024)


U.S. and China Extend Landmark Bilateral Deal, Very Quietly
When a landmark science and technology agreement between the U.S. and China reached its expiration in late February without an extension, it plunged the acad....

Analysing Developments and Trends in Southeast Asia 2023

As the world closed in 2023 and entered 2024, there are several indicators based on the past events that the Southeast Asian region is likely to witness many tumultuous developments. Around the world, Southeast Asia included,....

Japan Abandons its Three Basic Principles on Arms Exports

In response to the increase in the region’s geopolitical stress, Japan’s vulnerability has increased manifold. This has compelled the administration of Fumio Kishida to make some drastic change in the country’s security posture. The main driver....

Japan-ASEAN Special Summit: Major Takeaways

In a major outreach initiative towards the 10-member bloc Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Japan hosted a summit in Tokyo from 16-18 December 2023 to commemorate the special anniversary of the 50th year of Japa....

Trends & Tribulations in the Indo-Pacific

(On August 8-10, 2023, Malaysia’s Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) conducted a seminal international conference called the 36th Asia-Pacific Roundtable.[1]

Japan’s Engagement with ASEAN: Security Dimension- Part II

From the two successive visits of Kamikawa and Kishida to the ASEAN region in quick time, it transpires that Japan now accords extra importance to the region as strategic environment has turned volatile. Japan’s economic engagement with the countri....

Summits in Jakarta: Relevance and Limitations

Indonesia hosted the 43rd ASEAN Summit and related Summits at the capital city of Jakarta. Two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to welcome many world leaders for the G-20 Summit that India was hosting on 9-10 Sept....

Global Developments and Analysis: Weekly Monitor (18-24 September)


Global growth forecast slashed
Growth in the global economy will remain anemic as rising interest rates squeeze business activity, while China's recovery from the pandemic has proved weaker than expected, the Organiza....

Analysing China - Russia Naval Exercises

China has the fastest growing navy amongst the major powers of the world with a current strength of about 340 ships including 125 major combatants and submarines[1]. This growth ....

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