May 20, 2014

Narendra Modi: India's Shinzo Abe

Just as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's return to power in late 2012 reflected Japan's determination to reinvent itself as a more competitive and confident country, Narendra Modi's election victory reflects Indians' desire for a dynamic, assertive leader to help revitalize their country's economy and ...

Apr 25, 2014

America's Afghanistan albatross

Pakistani interference in Afghanistan's internal affairs can be made to stop only if the Obama administration finally makes that a condition for continuing its generous aid to cash-strapped Pakistan — a remote prospect.

Apr 1, 2014

An Afghan 'Afghanistan'?

As it braces for its upcoming presidential election, can Afghanistan finally escape the cycle of militancy and foreign intervention that has plagued it for more than three decades?

Mar 7, 2014

China gains from U.S.-Russia face-off

The clear geopolitical winner from the U.S.-Russian face-off over Ukraine will be an increasingly muscular China, which harps on historical grievances — real or imaginary — to justify its claims to territories and fishing areas long held by other Asian states.

Jan 31, 2014

Asia's emerging democratic axis

A Japan-India democratic axis, with U.S. support, could reshape the Asian strategic landscape and block the rise of a Sino-centric Asia. A rudderless India is in search of its own Shinzo Abe.

Jan 14, 2014

Japan's Obama problem

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not appear to have considered the possibility that his pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26 might end up helping China by deepening South Korea's antagonism toward Japan.

Jan 7, 2014

China's anti-Kim campaign

The next target of China's autocrats, already waging an undeclared war over territory against multiple neighboring countries, is likely to be fellow communist state North Korea, now an estranged ally.

Dec 23, 2013

Do international rules apply only to weaker countries?

China's Nov. 23 declaration of an air defense identification zone extending to territories it does not control and America's Dec. 12 arrest, strip-search and handcuffing of a New York-based Indian woman diplomat epitomize these powers' unilateralist tendencies, demonstrating that universal conformity to a rules-based ...

Dec 10, 2013

U.S. moves embolden China

China's Nov. 23 declaration of an air defense identification zone extending to territories it does not control is just the latest example of its jurisdictional creep that reflects a larger strategy to supplant the U.S. as the preeminent power in Asia.