Swap Agreements & China’s RMB Currency Network

By Zhu Yihong Renminbi (RMB) internationalization, like other Chinese initiatives such as the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the One Belt, One Road initiative, has received significant attention during its opening stage. Since the 2008 global financial crisis, the…

Scene Setter: Shangri-La Dialogue 2015

By John Schaus In advance of travel, the secretary of defense will often receive a scene-setter document outlining the issues and objectives to be achieved during the trip. The document below is presented, roughly, in the style of such a…

CogitAsia Podcast: North Korea’s Disconcerting Missile Tests

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On the podcast this week, we explore the disconcerting reports out of North Korea in recent days. CSIS Korea Chair Dr. Victor Cha joins to discuss what the latest missile tests, expanding nuclear weapons capability, and alleged public executions of top leadership mean for Kim Jong-un’s regime. We…

India Steps up its Role across Asia

By Samir Nair On April 25, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal and claimed the lives of over 8,000 people. In the immediate aftermath, India responded quickly and dispatched 500 relief personnel to Nepal to provide assistance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

CogitAsia Podcast: Discord in U.S.-Thai Relations

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In this week’s podcast, we take a deep dive on the difficulties in United States-Thailand relations since the May 2014 coup. We sat down with Sumitro Chair Fellow Gregory Poling to discuss the challenges that Thailand’s swerve away from democracy has created…

The Lessons in Fiji’s Campaign to Change the PIF

By Gregory Poling Fijian prime minister Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama on May 6 reiterated that he will not attend any Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders’ meetings as long as Australia and New Zealand remain full members, rather than development partners like…

Analyzing Southeast Asia’s Military Expenditures

By Zachary Abuza The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently released their 2014 database, which shows robust growth in defense spending throughout Southeast Asia. Though the SIPRI data only goes through 2014, when at least two countries have already…