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With al-Baghdadi Dead, Jihadists Are Eyeing ASEAN – Southeast Asia Globe

Excerpt: With al-Baghdadi’s death, I think more and more militants will not even consider traveling to Iraq and Syria. Instead, Mindanao will be the draw for them, where they can graft onto the various pro-ISIS groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, Islamic State Lanao (Mautes), the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters or Ansuar al-Khalifa Philippines. The Philippines […]

‘Last Adult’ James Mattis Leaves The Room: What Next For Asia?

‘Last Adult’ James Mattis Leaves The Room: What Next For Asia? South China Morning Post · December 21, 2018 The resignation of United States Defence Secretary James Mattis, the so-called last adult in the room in the Trump administration, has plunged the future of the decades-old security balance in Asia into doubt. Mattis’ exit, after nearly […]

The Rise Of China’s ‘Blue Water’ Navy: Will The Pacific Turn Red?

The Rise Of China’s ‘Blue Water’ Navy: Will The Pacific Turn Red? By Guest Contributor – September 5, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitter The rise of China as a maritime power was further enhanced by the news that China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier will be transferred from the dry dock of the Dalian shipyard, and […]

Xi Jinping’s Marco Polo Strategy: By Joseph S. Nye

Xi Jinping’s Marco Polo Strategy project-syndicate.org · by Joseph S. Nye · June 12, 2017 CAMBRIDGE – Last month, Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a heavily orchestrated “Belt and Road” forum in Beijing. The two-day event attracted 29 heads of state, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and 1,200 delegates from over 100 countries. Xi called China’s Belt and […]

How Big A Threat Is Extremism In Southeast Asia?

How Big A Threat Is Extremism In Southeast Asia? By Ashley Westerman, www.npr.org View Original June 11th, 2017 A recent string of violent episodes in Southeast Asian countries sheds some light on the challenges facing this region as it grapples with extremism. In Indonesia last month, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a Jakarta bus station. […]

MacArthur’s Spies: The Heroes Of The Philippines

May 19, 2017 MacArthur’s Spies: The Heroes Of The Philippines By Elise Cooper http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/05/macarthurs_spies_the_heroes_of_the_philippines.html MacArthur’s Spies by Peter Eisner recounts how three individuals played a significant role in the resistance against the Japanese occupation in the Philippines during World War II.  The book shows how heroes come from many backgrounds: a singer, a soldier, and […]

Xi’s $500 Billion Push To Reshape The World In China’s Image

Xi’s $500 Billion Push To Reshape The World In China’s Image By Bloomberg News, www.stripes.com View Original May 12th, 2017 HONG KONG — China is one of the few countries in the world today with money to spend, and Xi Jinping is ready to write some checks. China’s president will host 28 world leaders in Beijing on […]

How Trump Can Make The Pivot To Asia Great Again

Conclusion: Clearly the Trump administration will be pushed in many directions on foreign policy issues. The goal for this new team should be to prioritize a few key objectives and stick to a set vision for what they wish to achieve — and never to allow a crisis-management mentality to set in. If Trump were […]

Duterte To Consider Staying With U.S. Weapons, Despite Offers

Excerpts: “China is open. Anything you want. They even sent me a brochure, telling me to choose and they will provide,” Duterte said. “I’m just holding off because I’m looking at the military,” he said. “If you want to stick with America, fine, but assess it well and find a balance because we are being […]

More Signs Of Waining U.S. Influence In The Pacific Region: China And Malaysia Sign Wide Ranging Naval Co-Operation Deal

  Doubtful that this is what was envisioned with the ‘U.S. Pivot To Asia’  RCP https://www.ft.com/content/76e53d98-a031-11e6-891e-abe238dee8e2 FINANCIAL TIMES China And Malaysia Sign Wide Ranging Naval Co-Operation Deal Beijing denies it is trying to buy better relations with neighbours Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, left, and China’s Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the […]