The US-Japan Strategic Alliance

The US-Japan Strategic Alliance: Eagle and Chrysanthemum

Abstract: US and Japan alliance considered to be an important alliance is based on shared interests. These interests have compelled both parties to ensure the continuity of this alliance even when it has passed through some of bumps with the international political environment testing its resilience. US-Japan alliance has experienced a roller-coaster journey where international…Read More

Thusydidian Reality in Sri Lanka

Thusydidian Reality in Sri Lanka and the Comments on Yuan Wang 5

The small state dilemma is a complex discourse in the realm of International Relations, which dates back to the classical epoch of Thucydides whose seminal work “The History of Peloponnesian War” has been regarded as the first illustration revealing a realist outlook toward interstate relations.  The most famous passage, which is known as the “Melian…Read More

India-China Border Conflict: The Case of Galwan Valley

ABSTRACT India and China are two of the oldest living civilizations of the world with numerous similarities and associations. The exchange of ideas between the two countries has been like a flowing river, sometimes it runs smoothly but sometimes there are hurdles but it has always kept flowing incessantly. Despite the similarities, both the countries…Read More

Indo-Pacific-Opportunities for the Regional Institutions in South Asia

Indo-Pacific-Opportunities for the Regional Institutions in South Asia

Abstract The Indo-Pacific Strategy is an omnipresent aspect of US foreign policy in the 21st century. It is a policy design, having rooted in the past, and inextricably intertwined with the future of the country and its allies. The US involvement in the Indo-Pacific, in the name of enhancing trade, and making and strengthening new…Read More

Role of China in South Asia as a Country Leading the BRI

Potential Role of China in South Asia as a Country Leading the BRI

Abstract China has been eyeing South Asia for its economic endeavors for a long time. With the motivation to check India’s power status in the region, coupled with intentions to assert socio-economic and political influence in the region, the Belt and Road Initiative, designed from Chinese heritage and ancient past, has created a shining path…Read More

Can the Winter Olympics 2018 melt the icy relationship between South and North Korea?

Can the Winter Olympics 2018 melt the icy relationship between South and North Korea?

As stated by Jung Woo Lee in his online article, ´A political history of the Winter Olympics´, “the Winter Olympic Games is a relatively humble sporting event in comparison with its summer counterpart”. Personally, I agree with Woo Lee´s introductory sentence, which maps the political history of previous winter Olympic Games, as indeed it is…Read More

How Chinese Geopolitics harms Southeast Asian Unity

How Chinese Geopolitics harms Southeast Asian Unity

South China Sea has been disputed among a few countries in Asia especially China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Malaysia. However, it is China that is claiming the lion share of the sea roughly 90% of it. This dispute is not new and it will certainly remain for years to come. One-third of global maritime shipping…Read More

Democracy in Pakistan

Democracy in Pakistan: a fragile and rocky road

Democracy, a compound of two Greek words namely “Demos” meaning “people” and “Kratos” meaning “rule”, stands for the government of public. It is said to be a ‘government of the people, for the people, by the people’. More plainly, it is to suggest that the real power, termed by Thomas Hobbes as “sovereignty”, lies in…Read More

China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR)

The Chinese new project One Belt One Road: new trend in globalization?

With a rigorous success in trade and business for decades, China has initiated new mega project named “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) in mid-May 2017 in Beijing. The trillion dollars project aims to connect Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa via business and infrastructure. During the two-day forum held in Beijing, Xi Jinping has…Read More