Pay to Stay: Cambodia’s Refugee Policy

By Joshua Simonidis In September 2014 the Cambodian government signed an agreement with Canberra to resettle a potentially unlimited number of refugees originally destined for Australia in exchange for increased aid. Human rights groups criticized the agreement and Cambodia’s capacity…

The Leaderboard: Chan Chun Sing

Who is he? Chan Chun Sing was until recently Singapore’s minister for social and family development and second minister of defense. He was appointed deputy secretary-general of the National Trade Unions Congress (NTUC), Singapore’s official trade union, in January. Before…

The New U.S.-ROK 123 Agreement

By Victor Cha The new U.S.-ROK 123 agreement, announced on April 22, is a unique and mutually beneficial deal that speaks to the decades-long civil nuclear relationship between the two allies and it will allow ongoing positive cooperation in nuclear…

Furthering U.S. Strategic Goals in the South China Sea

By Gregory Poling China’s reclamation blitz in the Spratly Islands continues unabated, despite condemnation from fellow claimants and outside nations. Chinese dredging ships have been hard at work expanding at least seven features: Cuarteron, Gaven, Hughes, Fiery Cross, Johnson South,…

The Leaderboard: Tin Aye

Who is he? Tin Aye is the chairman of Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) and a retired lieutenant general. A longtime military officer, Tin Aye held the position of chief of military ordnance in the previous junta government until winning…

Federated Defense in Asia

By Kathleen Hicks & Michael J. Green The following post draws on the work of the CSIS Federated Defense in Asia project, which released its findings in December 2014. As regional security challenges grow in Asia, it is increasingly important…

The Leaderboard: Wang Qishan

Who is he? Wang Qishan is head of the Central Commission for Discipline and Inspection (CCDI), the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) anti-corruption watchdog agency. Born in Qingdao in 1948, he was sent to the countryside during the Cultural Revolution. There…