Tokyo’s Drift

Comment: Written by Joseph Byrne.
In April Japan launched its only naval destroyer for the first time to assist the US warship USS Carl Vinson while crossing the Korean peninsula. This may not seem like a strong show of military force. Armies all around the world conduct joint operations frequently for mutual co-operation and security purposes, especially the USA. However, this action is part of a symbolic trend in recent years that puts Japanese Foreign Policy on a more offensive stance.

Continue reading


Racial Nationalism & Party Legitimacy in China

Report: By Kahlil Stultz.

Early last month, elite Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members assembled in Beijing to discuss the 2017-2018 national agenda for the People’s Republic at the yearly meeting of China’s chief political advisory body – the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Continue reading

Arms Race In The Bay Of Bengal

Comment: By Sazzad Haider

The purchasing of two submarines from Beijing puts Bangladesh in a dilemma over the equilibrium between its mighty neighbours; India and China.  The growing Chinese influence in Bangladesh, economic & military, has become a growing concern for India.  Following an extensive military procurement drive, India is now trying to persuade Bangladesh to sign a defence treaty to regain a geopolitical edge over the Chinese. Continue reading

Islamic Militancy: a continuous threat in Bangladesh

Report: By Sazzad Haider

Bangladeshi police recently arrested Maulana Abul Kashem, a spiritual leader of Neo Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (Neo-JMB) recently from a hideout in Dhaka. According to the police, Maulana Kashem is suspected of being the mastermind behind the attack on the Holy Artisan restaurant in Dhaka last year, killing 22 people, including Japanese and Italian citizens. Continue reading

Japan’s foreign policy under Trump: Time to remilitarize?

Comment: By Martin Belchev.

Japan’s foreign policy has long defied the traditional realist security paradigm in regards to its military and hard power capabilities. Indeed, proponents of political realism in foreign affairs like to point out that states who achieve a certain economic development will inevitably develop corresponding hard power capabilities. This may be an attempt to either increase their own defensive posture or obtain greater influence on the international scene.
Continue reading

The delicate and volatile relationship between Indonesia and Australia


Comment: Written by Fathma Khalid

Indonesia’s General Gatot Nurmantyo suspended all defence cooperation with Australia on January 4th after it had been discovered that materials used to train Indonesian soldiers in Australia were insulting Indonesian ideology and based on a historical narrative inconsistent to Indonesia’s own. However, the following day Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister Wiranto told reporters that the suspension was due to technical reasons and that it only applied to a language programme, and so was not a complete termination of military relations. Continue reading

Beijing’s United Front Campaign Against Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

Report: Written by Kahlil Stultz.

Despite the focus on China’s external national security in academic and journalistic mediums, the threat of internal movements, deemed by the ruling regime to be subversive, are in the mind of Beijing a clear national security threat. In the case of the latest addition to Chinese territory – the former Crown Colony of Hong Kong, the assurances of one country/two systems have been wrung hollow by the increasing agitation of students and liberals unsatisfied with Beijing’s increasing abrogation of democratic rights and local institutions.

Continue reading