Past Issues

Daily Digest

South China Morning Post: Japanese official Tadashi Maeda dismisses China’s Belt and Road Initiative as just a ‘political show’

An argument that Japan’s approach to infrastructure development in Asia is more sustainable and beneficial than China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

38 North – Distant Thunder: The Crisis Coming in Korea

A reminder that the North Korea “problem” has not gone away.

38 North: John Bolton’s Awful Legacy on North Korea

A summary of John Bolton’s involvement in shaping US policy toward North Korea.

The Diplomat – Nuclear Deterrence: Mixed Messages for Japan

An argument that Japan’s faith in the US promise of extended deterrence is being called into question.

East Asia Forum: Canada’s middle power dilemma

Canada, the middle power caught in the middle of the power competition between the US and China.

Asia Times: Water war risk rising on the Mekong

An argument that lower Mekong countries have limited options in maintaining the flow of water in the Mekong River given that China controls several key upstream dams.

The Diplomat: KAMANDAG Exercise Puts US-Philippines Security Collaboration into Focus

An assessment of the importance of the military exercise KAMANDAG for the advancement of security cooperation between the US and the Philippines.

The Diplomat: The Growing Importance of ADMM Plus for South Korea

An argument for why South Korean participation in the ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting plus is important for South Korea.

East Asia Forum: The end of global supply chains as we know them?

An assessment of the impact the current US-China trade dispute will have future decisions regarding supply chain management and foreign direct investment suggests significant negative impacts in both areas.

The Diplomat: Course Correction – Promising Signs for Australia-South Korea Relations

An assessment of Australia-South Korea relations and a set of recommendations for improving them.