Regions / Asia & Pacific
Interpreting China's military expenditure has been a complicated issue with important regional implications. Although China publishes its official defense budget and provides justifications for increases in its military spending, most observers remain skeptical of the accuracy of the official figures and wary of the military modernization efforts. This skepticism has shaped the responses of other Asia-Pacific nations toward China's military modernization.
US policy towards India can no longer be reduced to narrowly defined regional issues, especially after a decade of sustained growth and the changes wrought by the Bush administration.
People are starting to wonder: Why should Israel get special treatment?
U Win Tin spent 19 years in Rangoon's notorious Insein prison. The chief strategist of the National League for Democracy managed to keep organizing even behind bars.
A new approach needs to be taken if we're going to achieve progress in Northeast Asia.
Washington's plans to open a base in Okinawa is good news for nobody.
The U.S. military's Kooni Firing Range in the South Korean village of Maehyang-ri was closed in 2005, following a concerted effort by anti-base activists. Kageyama Asako discusses the lessons from Maehyang-re in the context of the Futenma relocation debate that is at the heart of current US-Japan conflict.
The new marine protection area in the Indian Ocean seems like a great step forward. Until you look at it a little more carefully.
Bribery and sweetheart deals are a curse for democracy and civil society. But as columnist Walden Bello explains, corruption is not the principal cause of global poverty.
This powerful collection of essays describes the citizen diplomacy and peace movements that have been taking root in India and Pakistan.