The Lowy Interpreter

Op-Ed: ASEAN Sends Muddled Message on South China Sea

[By Dr Mark J. Valencia] On June 26, the leaders of the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held the...

Diego Garcia: India’s Conundrum

[By Abhijit Singh] The tug-of-war between the United Kingdom and Mauritius over the Chagos archipelago – and the US milit...

As Jakarta Trims Defense, Beijing Makes Waves in the South China Sea

[By Aristyo Rizka Darmawan] The Covid-19 outbreak has hit hard for Southeast Asian economies. Anticipating more shocks to...

Gwadar Port: New Dubai or Pie in the Sky?

[By Adnan Amir] The small port town of Gwadar, in the south-west of Pakistan, is the center stage of the $50 billion China-Paki...

Safety of Life at Sea: COVID-19 and Naval Operations

[By Dr. Sam Bateman] The potential impact of COVID-19 on naval operations has been highlighted by reports that over half of the...

Japan Scales Back its Whaling Program

[By Daniel Hurst] Even before the coronavirus pandemic began to dominate the news, and as Australia’s bush fires took mo...

Limiting the Global Economic Fallout from COVID-19

[By Roland Rajah] Panic has now set in over the Covid-19 global pandemic. The coronavirus is spreading rapidly, especially in E...

The Belt and Rebranding Initiative

[By Dr. Nora Shlenzig] China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI) continues to defy simple explanations. Initially used as a...

First Afghan Cargo is a Game-Changer for Gwadar Port

[By Adnan Aamir] On a sunny Tuesday in the third week of January, a cargo ship named Diyala docked at Gwadar seaport,...

Russia Makes its Presence Known in Iran Crisis

[By Dr. Alexey D. Muraviev] Recent revelations make it clear that Iran’s willingness to confront the U.S. following...

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