• Sun-05-2024
How Iran has quietly fixed the race for the next supreme leader (May 14, 2024, Financial Times)

Whoever succeeds Khamenei will become Iran’s highest arbiter on matters of domestic and foreign policy and defence, shaping not just the trajectory of its political Islam but also the regime’s future…When it comes, the succession will present a moment of existential risk to the regime, potentially exposing the true dynamics of power, with the Revolutionary Guards asserting dominance over state affairs and shrinking space for other influential political and religious groups that have been pillars of the republic since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The public opposition that shook the regime in 2022 may blossom once again.

  • Sun-05-2024
Charge Palestine With Genocide Too (April 30, 2024, The Atlantic)

Without consideration of the October 7 attacks, something is missing from the ICJ proceedings, and Nolte is not the only one to sense an omission. The case is going forward almost as if the Gaza war were not preceded by, and in retaliation for, an attack that itself resembled genocide. Israel’s defenders, including its legal team at the ICJ, have complained that the proceedings tell only half the story, and that a full assessment of the facts would demand consideration of Hamas’s actions, too.

  • Sun-05-2024
Central Asia’s Combined ‘Army of Turan’: Could a Hypothesis Become a Reality? (May 24, 2024, The Times of Central Asia)

The Army of Turan is a hypothetical military bloc of Turkic-speaking countries. Its ideas have become relevant in the context of global geopolitical turbulence.

  • Sun-05-2024
In the Philippines a decades-long conflict nears its endgame (May 23, 2024, The Economist) (Login required)

The guerrilla war between Muslim separatists and the Philippine government is one of Asia’s most protracted conflicts…Lasting calm in Bangsamoro is needed if its nearly 5m residents—and the Philippines as a whole—are to thrive. But it also matters for the wider region.

  • Sun-05-2024
“India Out”: What this campaign means for South Asian neighbours (May 14, 2024, The Interpreter)

Where India cannot fill the needs of smaller South Asian states, China exists as a powerful, tempting actor creating economic and political competition within the region.

  • Sun-05-2024
Jordan Launches Multinational ‘Eager Lion’ War Games (May 13, 2024, The Defense Post)

The Jordanian military announced Sunday the launch of the “Eager Lion” military exercise, with ground, naval and air forces from 33 countries represented including the United States, France, and Britain.

  • Sun-05-2024
(Video) Human Flourishing in Chinese Thought: A Christian Response (May 8, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

Then, drawing on parallels with the biblical faith, she proposed that the Christian gospel holds relevance to the aspirations of cultural Chinese concerning human flourishing as defined by Confucian ideals.

  • Sun-05-2024
Grey horizons for Beijing’s South China Sea strategy (May 23, 2024, East Asia Forum)

Despite deploying 'grey zone' tactics such as proxy warfare and land reclamation, China's strategic efforts to bolster control of the South China Sea, notably around the Second Thomas Shoal, have yet to produce tangible results. The Philippines' strategy of publicising China's assertive actions, coupled with successful resupply missions, has garnered international support and amplified anti-Chinese sentiment domestically, potentially complicating China's position further.

  • Sun-05-2024
Xi Jinping’s Recipe for Total Control: An Army of Eyes and Ears (May 25, 2024, The New York Times)

This is the kind of local governance that China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, wants: more visible, more invasive, always on the lookout for real or perceived threats. Officers patrol apartment buildings listening for feuding neighbors. Officials recruit retirees playing chess outdoors as extra eyes and ears. In the workplace, employers are required to appoint “safety consultants” who report regularly to the police.

  • Sun-05-2024
Putin and Xi no longer have a partnership of equals (May 18, 2024, BBC)

The costly war in Ukraine, which shows no signs of ending, has changed their relationship, exposing the weaknesses in Russia’s army and its economy. Mr Xi will know that he is now in charge.