(Please read Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV prior to this article) The research up until this point has focused on the regional geopolitics of the ASEAN region, establishing a solid foundation for the reader to acquaint themselves with its general dynamics. It also delivered insight into […]
The ASEAN economic and strategic position vis-à-vis China and the unipolar world is of pivotal importance in contemporary international relations.
Part I The previous part provided an overview of Laos’ most important regional relations and described the key infrastructural projects it’s partaking in to boost its pivot credentials. In this concluding article, China’s specific containment-breaking strategies as related to Laos are elaborated upon and contrasted with the US’ countermoves in […]
After keeping a meaningful two-month pause in covering the course of investigation of the MH17 tragedy, the international press has suddenly broke into another wave of baseless accusations against “pro-Russia separatists”, triggered by a “secret report” made by the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst, German foreign intelligence) for the Bundestag Control Committee on […]
The news that U.S. President Barak Obama would pay a visit to Israel this spring came as a surprise to Turkey — not least because U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone insisted that Turkey would be Barak Obama’s first stop in the Middle East after the U.S. elections. At the […]
President Obama’s recent decision to re-focus U.S. military power away from Iraq and Afghanistan to the Asia-Pacific region and, to a lesser extent, Africa, means that China and certain rebel groups in Africa have replaced the old contrived bogeyman of Osama bin Laden’s “Al Qaeda” at the top of Uncle […]