Executive Summary

  • The United States’ presence in the Indo-Asia-Pacific is transforming from a traditional alliance network (of Australia, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand) into a web of strengthened alliances, new partnerships and creative linkages.
  • Washington must manage this transformation carefully, so its alliance network maintains a deterrent function and reassures allies, but does not exacerbate USChina tensions.
Mar 14, 2016
Elsina Wainwright
China, East Asia, United States

Despite articulating its intentions and working with several other nations, India faces formidable internal and external challenges in securing its interests

Feb 15, 2016
WPS Sidhu
China, East Asia, South Asia, India

The Chinese president’s visit to Iran (after summits in Saudi Arabia and Egypt) is of strategic significance

Feb 01, 2016
WPS Sidhu

As a bloody offensive by the Taliban spreads in Afghanistan and with American combat operations there officially ended, anxious Chinese leaders find themselves under pressure to take a more active role in the long-stalled peace process, according to scholars and current and former diplomats.

Jan 24, 2016
Barnett Rubin
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presented a forward-looking conception of the Australia-US alliance on his recent visit to Washington DC.

Jan 24, 2016
Elsina Wainwright
China, East Asia, United States

As the battlefield losses in Afghanistan mount and entire swathes of the country that cost hundreds of U.S.-led coalition and Afghan military lives to secure slip back into Taliban hands.

Jan 11, 2016
Barnett Rubin

On Monday November 23rd, CIC and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) hosted a panel to discuss a new CIC report on China’s One-Belt-One-Road initiative (OBOR), its impact on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and how it relates to United States efforts in the broader region.

Nov 23, 2015
China, South Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan

President Xi Jinping first presented China’s vision for a “Silk Road Economic Belt” during a 2013 speech in Kazakhstan. The idea was to “forge closer economic ties, deepen cooperation, and expand development in the Euro-Asia region”. In early 2015, the contours of Beijing’s strategy began to emerge as China’s leadership laid out plans for this “Silk Road Economic Belt” through Central Asia, and a “21st Century Maritime Silk Road” through Southeast and South Asia. China referred to both collectively as “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR).

Oct 13, 2015
Thomas Zimmerman

China can help UN peacekeeping respond strategically to conflicts, through both practical and political solutions.

Oct 13, 2015
Jim Della-Giacoma
China
United Nations

Time was when the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) jamboree in New York was an entertaining but worthless talkfest used by leaders such as Hugo Chavez, Muammar Gaddafi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—desperate for their 15 minutes of international fame—to deliver sonorous, rambling grandiose or boorish speeches. More recently, however, the UNGA meeting and related special sessions around it have made the occasion a smidgen more relevant. Coupled with the re-engagement of existing and emerging powers with the proceedings, the UNGA is becoming an important venue for a great power dance.

Oct 12, 2015
WPS Sidhu
China, South Asia, India

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