Dec 16, 2013

U.S. boosts maritime security aid to Vietnam, other ASEAN members

The United States will boost maritime security assistance to China’s smaller neighbors amid rising tensions over disputed territories in the South China Sea, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday during a visit to Vietnam, where he also pressed the communist government on ...

Dec 10, 2013

Karzai balks on a deal

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is playing a dangerous game. His term in office expires next April, yet he is balking on a security deal with the U.S. to try to preserve his political leverage.

Nov 29, 2013

Playing chicken in East Asia

by Gwynne Dyer

Just how does China intend to enforce its new "Air Defense Identification Zone" in the East China Sea? National pride and the personal reputation of new President Xi Jinping are both committed to this game now.

Afghan assembly backs U.S. troops pact; Karzai sets terms

Nov 24, 2013

Afghan assembly backs U.S. troops pact; Karzai sets terms

An Afghan grand assembly Sunday endorsed a crucial security agreement allowing some U.S. troops to stay on after 2014, although President Hamid Karzai set conditions for signing the deal. The 50 groups making up the Loya Jirga gathering of about 2,500 chieftains, tribal elders ...