Internal Security Concerns Keep Pakistan Out of Yemen Coalition

By The Editors

Last week, Pakistan agreed to send ships to help enforce an arms embargo against Houthi rebels in Yemen, but declined to send aircraft or troops to participate in the Saudi-led coalition there. In an interview, Ayesha Siddiqa, an independent security analyst, discussed Pakistan’s military capabilities.

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India’s Ties With North Korea Cordial but Limited

By The Editors

Last week, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su Yong was in New Delhi for talks with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on North Korea’s nuclear program and to request additional humanitarian assistance. In an interview, Ankit Panda of The Diplomat discussed India’s ties with North Korea.

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Indonesia’s Jokowi Vows Strict Policy, Death Penalty for Drug Crimes

By The Editors
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Indonesia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeals of two prisoners from France and Ghana currently on death row for drug smuggling. In an interview, Gloria Lai, a senior policy officer at the International Drug Policy Consortium, discussed Indonesia’s zero-tolerance approach to drugs. more

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U.S. Seeks to Reassure Japan, South Korea on Asia Pivot

By Richard Weitz
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Ashton Carter recently concluded his first visit to East Asia since becoming U.S. secretary of defense. His discussions in Japan and South Korea signaled that he has quickly become a pivotal player in the administration’s policy of “rebalancing” U.S. strategic priorities toward the region. more

Vietnam’s Workers Use Local Strikes to Push Party for Reforms

By Adam Fforde
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A strike by thousands of workers at a footwear factory earlier this month exposed the severely eroded authority of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party. More than a rare challenge to the party, the strike highlighted a growing alignment of interests among workers, local employers and major international companies to push the party to reform. more

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U.S. Frets as Key Allies Flock to Join China’s AIIB

By Frida Ghitis
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The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the brainchild of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has become a source of friction not only between the U.S. and China, but also between Washington and its top allies. One by one, major U.S. partners have decided to defy Washington’s wishes and join the AIIB. more

Qatar Ties Reflect India’s Middle East Balancing Act

By Saurav Jha
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India’s growing ties with Qatar are part of a broader policy of Indian engagement throughout the Persian Gulf and the wider Middle East, on issues from labor access to energy security. India is hedging its bets against the threat of more instability, using diversified partnerships across the region to protect its interests. more

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South Korea Proves a Reliable Economic Partner for Latin America

By The Editors
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South Korean President Park Geun-hye left Thursday for Colombia, the first stop on her weeklong tour of Latin America. In an interview, Juan Felipe Lopez Aymes, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, discussed South Korea’s ties with Latin America. more