As China Ponders BMD Options, U.S. Must Consider Responses

China has been researching ballistic missile defense for years, albeit on a low-key basis and with no clear commitment to deploy a national system. Nevertheless, China’s BMD capabilities could eventually affect strategic stability between China and the U.S., putting the issue on policymakers’ radar.

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After Years of Talk, U.S.-India Defense Ties Gain Traction

By Saurav Jha
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U.S. President Barack Obama’s January visit to India saw some long-awaited movement on the two countries’ Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI), touted by both sides as a means to transform the current buyer-seller defense relationship into one based on coproduction and co-development. more

Global Insider

Despite Orderly Transition, Questions Remain for East Timor

By The Editors
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Xanana Gusmao stepped down as East Timor’s prime minister earlier this month, leaving the post to opposition leader Rui Araujo. In an interview, Gordon Peake, a research fellow at Australia National University’s College of Asia and the Pacific, discussed East Timor’s political transition. more

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Moment of Truth: Sri Lanka’s Chance for Reconciliation

By Charu Lata Hogg
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Editor’s note: It came to our attention after this report was published that it contained several passages closely resembling or directly duplicating previously published work by other authors, as well as previously published work by the author. After initially amending the report to include the missing attributions, we subsequently decided to remove the article. WPR regrets the error, and we apologize to the authors concerned and our readers.
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Philippines, Vietnam Expand Ties to Counter China Threat

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Earlier this month, the foreign ministers of the Philippines and Vietnam met to discuss the possibility of forming a strategic partnership. In an email interview, Carl Thayer, professor emeritus at the University of New South Wales, discussed ties between Manila and Hanoi. more