Shixi Guo

The Development Of North Korea’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program: Faster Than Expected

While many easily dismissed North Korea’s nuclear capabilities before just three months ago, it is time to seriously evaluate North Korea’s nuclear threats. At the beginning of July 2017, North Korea announced that it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea officially stated that the missile it tested reached an altitude of […]

Security Dilemma In Action: The US Deployed Warships To Korean Peninsula

According to the Pentagon, the U.S. Carl Vinson Strike Group made up of an aircraft carrier and several missile destroyers and missile cruisers has been deployed towards the Korean peninsula. This U.S. action could be seen as a response to North Korea’s intensified missile and nuclear threats. North Korea has […]

Reckless Diplomacy: The Potential Consequences Of Tsai Ing-Wen’s Phone Conversation With Donald Trump

On 2 December 2016, the President-elect of the US, Donald Trump, picked up a phone call from Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen. According to Trump’s Twitter, the main conversation revolved around Ms. Tsai’s congratulating  Trump on his victory in the 2016 US presidential election. However, the phone conversation between Mr. Trump and […]

The UN Security Council Authorizes A New Round Of Sanctions On North Korea

In September 2016, North Korea conducted its fifth and the largest nuclear test. In December 2016, the UN Security Council unanimously agreed to impose a new round of sanctions on North Korea in response to the September test. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon describes the sanctions as the toughest […]

Thousands Have Been Displaced And Fled Due To The Escalated Tensions In Northern Myanmar

As tensions between Myanmar’s military and ethnic militant groups escalated in northern Myanmar, thousands of Myanmar people have been displaced or fled their homes. As reported by CCTV and the Dhaka Tribune, 2,600 people have been displaced and are temporarily living in monasteries in the town of Muse, and over […]

Tensions Escalated Over Kashmir Between India And Pakistan

  Over the past few weeks, tensions in Kashmir have escalated from grassroots level protests to military exchanges between two nuclear-armed states: India and Pakistan. As reported by Xinhua News, troops of India and Pakistan exchanged heavy fire and targeted each other’s positions on the Line of Control (LoC), the […]

Duterte Visits China To Deepen Cooperations

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte had his first four-day state visit to China between the 18th to the 21st  of October 2016. A meeting was held on the 20th of October between China’s President Xi Jinping and Duterte, and Xi described the state visit of Duterte as a ‘milestone.’ The visit shows […]

Duterte Asks Departure Of US Troops From The Philippines: Rationalities And Implications

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte demanded the departure of the United States military personnel in the southern islands of Mindanao. Mindanao is the Muslim-majority islands of the Philippines and the islands have been suffering from insurgency and terrorism. The remaining US military personnel are the military advisers for counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. […]

Myanmar’s Ethnic Peace Talks: A Landmark Towards Conflict Resolution?

The Myanmar government and military called for participation of ethnic minority armed groups to attend a new round of peace talks in the capital, NayPyiTaw, this month. The peace talks are aimed at resolving the prolonged conflicts between various ethnic minority armed groups and the government. 17 out of 41 […]

Gabon’s 2016 Presidential Election: A Source of Domestic Instability?

Gabon, located in Western Africa, has been a relatively stable country since independence in 1960. As a former France colony, Gabon maintains its close ties with France under the system named “Francafrique”. As BBC’s “Gabon country profile” explains, Gabon receives political and military support from France in exchange for business […]