North Korea’s Further Isolation

Following the shocking assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and eldest son of former leader Kim Jong-il, North Korea has become increasingly isolated from the international community and tensions are high due to diplomatic squabbles. Kim Jong-nam was poisoned last Monday at the Kuala […]

China Still Sees Chance For Six Party Talks

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that China has not given up hope on Six-Party Talks with North Korea during his statement at the Munich Security Conference on February 17th. His statement stressed the importance and viability of peaceful resolution to conflict, peaceful coexistence, and multilateralism. Wang noted in […]

North Korea And Nuclear Missile Development

The two Koreas have been at war since the 1950’s. Since then, the two nations have been in a state of military stalemate, followed by the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1954, which has lasted until now, in the two divided Koreas. Unfortunately, despite the concerted efforts of the United States […]

North Korean Launch Test-Missile, Drawing Condemnation From UN Security Council

Last Sunday, North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, which has been declared as a “success” by leader Kim Jong-Un. The South Korean Defence Ministry has stated that the test-fire was meant as an “armed provocation” to new U.S. President Donald Trump to test his response and it was an attempt […]

Trump And The Asia-Pacific

While the world’s attention is fixed on the fiasco of Trump’s Muslim ban, there have been interesting developments regarding Trump’s policy towards the Asia-Pacific.  Trump has apparently called the Chinese President Xi Jinping and backtracked on his earlier threat to renegotiate the One China policy. This is the first phone […]

The U.S. Reaffirms Support For Key Allies In Asia-Pacific

President Trump’s Cabinet member, Defense Secretary James Mattis recently paid a trip to two Asian countries, namely South Korea and Japan. Both countries have been uncertain about the U.S. attitude towards alliances because of President Trump suggestion that they should develop their own nuclear weapons to defend themselves during his campaign. […]

Shinzo Abe’s Visit To Southeast Asia, Return Of Cold War Style Diplomacy?

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on the 13th of January, began his four-nation speed tour of Southeast Asian nations. The Japanese prime minister dined at the Filipino president’s private residence at Davos and agreed to a $9 billion USD investment package and $5 million worth of patrol boats with the […]

Trump To Change The Nuclear Landscape In The Asia-Pacific Region

  Introduction The US President-elect, Donald Trump, alarmed the world with his recent Twitter post. According to his Twitter, Mr. Trump expressed his willingness to ‘‘greatly strengthen and expand’’ the United States’ ‘‘nuclear capability.’’ Although some of Trump’s advisors came out to claim that Trump’s Twitter could not represent his […]

Japan Reveals Its Vientiane Vision In Laos

During the second ASEAN-Japan Defense Ministers’ Informal Meeting, Japanese Defence Minister Tomomi Inada announced the “Vientiane Vision” and unveiled plans for closer security collaboration between Tokyo and the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during a visit to Laos on 16 November. Japan seeks to advance […]