Sophistry & Bad Messaging in the South China Sea

By Gregory Poling Chinese authorities, as well as sympathetic writers, have in recent months sought to deflect criticism of China’s island-building campaign in the Spratlys by insisting that Beijing is merely copying what other claimants have done for years. According…

The Leaderboard: Sarpin Rizaldi

Who is he? Sarpin Rizaldi is a controversial judge with the South Jakarta District Court in Indonesia. He has been reported to the Judicial Commission, a body that oversees judges in Indonesia, on multiple occasions for having issued abnormally lenient…

By the Numbers: Thailand’s World Cup Triumph

As the group stage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada comes to a close, four Asia-Pacific teams have advanced to the knock out round – Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea. Their advancement reflects the dominance of Northeast…

The Leaderboard: Gatot Nurmantyo

Who is he? General Gatot Nurmantyo is currently the chief of staff of the Indonesian army. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on June 10 nominated him to be the next commander-in-chief of the Indonesian military, replacing the outgoing General Moeldoko when…