CogitAsia Podcast: Taiwan’s Marginalized Security Role

In this week’s episode, we discuss Taiwan’s marginalized role in international security organizations and its relationship with Mainland China. CSIS’s Senior Adviser for Asia Bonnie Glaser discussed her new report on this topic with Congressman Matt Salmon, the new chair…

The Leaderboard: Peng Jiasheng

Who is he? Peng Jiasheng, also called Phone Kyar Shin, is the leader of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), a Kokang insurgent group in northern Shan State, Myanmar. The Kokang are ethnically Han Chinese. Peng began serving as…

Taiwan’s Marginalized Role in International Security

By Bonnie Glaser & Jacqueline Vitello The complicated question of Taiwan’s sovereignty has led to its exclusion from countless international security organizations. This has left a critical hole not only in the security of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens, but also…

Washington’s Thai PR Problem

By Gregory Poling   Cobra Gold, the weeks-long multinational military exercise that began on Feb. 9 in Thailand, highlighted the difficult balancing act facing Washington as it engages with the military-backed government of its long-time ally. The annual training exercise, the…

The Legal Challenge of China’s Island Building

By Gregory Poling Those closely following the situation in the South China Sea have been wringing their hands about the military potential of China’s unprecedented island building work over the last year. This anxiety is understandable, and the expanded patrol…

The South China Sea Transformed: AMTI’s Latest Issue

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CSIS’s Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) has obtained exclusive never-before-seen imagery of China’s building and land reclamation efforts in the Spratly Islands, a highly contested area in the South China Sea. One area of note for East Asia watchers for…