From Bad to Worse in the South China Sea

As the reality of all-out war breaking out in the Middle East looms larger, the potential for a collision course in the South China Sea also continues to grow. On Friday, Anti-Mediahighlighted the situation unfolding in East and Southeast Asia, where the United States, Japan, and South Korea are coordinating military drills purportedly aimed at … Continue reading From Bad to Worse in the South China Sea

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Where Salman’s ‘Pivot East’ Will Take Saudi Arabia?

Last year could hardly be described as the best period in the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and the United States, since the interests of these two players have shifted dramatically over the years. Today, Washington and Riyadh occupy different positions on such important topics as Syria, Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Egypt, the so-called “democratization” … Continue reading Where Salman’s ‘Pivot East’ Will Take Saudi Arabia?

Here’s How the Trump Presidency will Play Out

The Trump era starts now – with geopolitics and geoeconomics set for a series of imminent, unpredictable cliffhangers. I have argued that Trump’s foreign policy guru Henry Kissinger’s strategy to deal with the formidable Eurasia integration trio – Russia, China and Iran – is a remixed Divide and Rule; seduce Russia away from its strategic … Continue reading Here’s How the Trump Presidency will Play Out

Quiet Since WWII, Japan Begins $44 Billion Re-Militarization to Confront China

The days of post-World War II pacifism in Japan are more or less over. The Japanese government has announced it will bolster its coast guard capabilities to defend disputed islands in the East China Sea. China also claims and regularly patrols these islands. The coast guard budget is expected to reach a record of 210 billion … Continue reading Quiet Since WWII, Japan Begins $44 Billion Re-Militarization to Confront China