Dec 28, 2011

Build Japan-India naval ties

At a time when the specter of power disequilibrium looms large in Asia, the visit of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to India offers an opportunity to the two natural allies to help promote Asian stability by adding concrete strategic content to their fast-growing relationship. ...

Dec 3, 2011

Asia's water stress challenges growth and security

Water, the most vital of all resources, has emerged as a key issue that will determine whether Asia is headed toward cooperation or competition. After all, the driest continent in the world is not Africa, but Asia, where availability of freshwater is not even ...

Nov 8, 2011

America's troubling support for oil-rich Islamist regimes

When Libya’s interim government announced the “liberation” of the country Oct. 23, it declared that a system based on the Islamic Sharia, including polygamy, will replace the secular dictatorship that Moammar Gadhafi ran for 42 years. “We, as a Muslim nation, have taken Islamic ...

Oct 19, 2011

China's unparalleled rise as a hydro-hegemon

International discussion about China’s rise has focused on its increasing trade muscle, growing maritime ambitions and expanding capacity to project military power. One critical issue, however, usually escapes attention: China’s rise as a hydro-hegemon with no modern historical parallel. No other country has ever ...

Oct 6, 2011

Dams muddy China's image

China’s frenzied dam building at home and abroad is emerging as a flash point in inter- and intrastate relations in Asia. Burma’s decision to suspend work on a controversial Chinese-funded dam marks a tactical retreat on a project that has symbolized China’s resource greed ...

Sep 21, 2011

A rising hydro-hegemon raising worries downstream

Just as China has aroused international alarm by wielding its virtual rare-earths monopoly as a trade instrument and by thwarting efforts to resolve territorial disputes with its neighbors, it is raising deep concern over the manner it is seeking to fashion water into a ...

Aug 6, 2011

Cracks in the Chinese wall

In the face of a spreading ethnic Uighur rebellion, authorities in Chinese-ruled Xinjiang have alleged that a prominent Uighur separatist they captured had received terrorist training in Pakistan, China’s “all-weather ally.” The charge came on a day when Pakistan’s spy agency chief, Lt. Gen. ...

Jul 23, 2011

Why Mumbai was attacked

It is not a mere coincidence that Mumbai’s commercial hub has repeatedly been struck by terrorists since 1993. Mumbai has become the favored target because the terrorist aim is to undermine India’s booming economy and its status as a rising power by rattling foreign ...

Jun 9, 2011

China-Pakistan strategic ties deepen

After the daring U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in his hideout next to Pakistan’s premier military academy, Islamabad has openly played its China card to caution Washington against pushing it too hard. And China has been more than eager to show itself ...

May 7, 2011

The heartland of bin Laden

The killing of Osama bin Laden by United States special forces in a helicopter assault on a sprawling luxury mansion near Islamabad recalls the capture of other al-Qaida leaders in Pakistani cities. Once again, we see that the real terrorist sanctuaries are located not ...