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Afghanistan Elections: Why Should We Care?

Memo #284 By Dur-e-Aden – dur-e-aden [at] hotmail.com This week Afghans headed to the polls to help usher in a transfer of power from one democratic government to the next. While some observers hail this as a major achievement, others … Continue reading

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Resolving the Senkaku/Diaoyu Island Dispute: The Limitations of International Law

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #272 By  Keshav Kelkar – keshav.kelkar [at] alumni.ubc.ca Among the many issues causing friction in Sino-Japanese relations, none has as great a potential for generating armed conflict as the dispute over the … Continue reading

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Fragmentation vs. Integration in Asia in 2014: A Year for the History Books

Memo #259 By Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at] ubc.ca Dr. Tiberghien at the G-20 in St. Petersburg, Russia (September 2013). In the wake of major leadership change around East Asia, what will be the major trends in the Asia/Pacific region … Continue reading

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Keeping Neighbours Closer: Beijing’s Geopolitical Pitch

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students. Memo #249 By Jargalsaikhan Mendee - mendee [at] alumni.ubc.ca Lately, Chinese leaders have been busy bolstering relations with their immediate neighbours.  As evidence, the Prime Ministers of India, Mongolia, and Russia arrived in Beijing for … Continue reading

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Security or Nationalism? Making Sense of Tibetan Resistance against China

Memo #247 By Tsering Topgyal – t.topgyal [at] bham.ac.uk Scholarship on the Sino-Tibetan conflict maintains a primarily binary representation of the Chinese as security-driven and the Tibetans as ethno-nationalistic. In reality, for Tibetans it is the sense of identity security or insecurity … Continue reading

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Reflections on Japan (Video Interview with Sir David Warren)

Recent territorial disputes point to tensions in the relationship between Japan and China. Competition extends beyond issues of history and territorial assertions to competition for resources and influence. Yet it is increasingly recognized that Japan and China are crucial to each other. Continue reading

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Mongolia Remains Key To US Strategy in Asia

Memo #173 – Mongolia continues its rapid ascent in the strategic playbook of the United States and the West. The US views Mongolia through an integrated lens balancing its economic interests with strategic concerns. As the world’s fastest growing economy (GDP growth at 17.3 per cent in 2011), Mongolia is an appealing target for foreign investors in sectors such as mining, nuclear power, and technology. For Washington though, security still trumps in Mongolia. The US continues to view Mongolia as a credible partner in an uncertain area filled with truculent neighbours. Continue reading

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Global Security – the Shifting Axis, Kepler-16b, and Two Suns

Memo #171 – Star Wars fans worldwide remember the iconic scene of Luke Skywalker peering into a sky at dusk with not one but two suns sinking over the horizon of his home planet of Tatooine. Continue reading

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China and the SCO – Influence and ‘Soft Power’

Memo #169 – The 12th annual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which includes China, Russia, and four Central Asian states, concluded in Beijing on June 7th. Growing Chinese influence and “soft power,” emphasizing persuasion over force, were much on display. Continue reading

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Hindu Nationalism is the Biggest Security Threat to India

Memo #160 – India portrays Islamic radicalism, ethnic separatism, and the left-wing Naxalite guerrilla movement as security threats. But it is Hindu nationalism (Hindutva) that generates most hatred and violent conflicts amongst Indian citizens; it is not able to support India as a multi-religious and multi-ethnic state. Continue reading

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