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The Diplomat | Asia Geopolitics

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A weekly discussion of the geopolitical implications of current events in the Asia-Pacific, hosted by Ankit Panda from The Diplomat, with regular guests.
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21:18 | Aug 31st

How will the end of GSOMIA affect Northeast Asian security? Also, how significant is the first U.S.-ASEAN maritime exercise?
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30:31 | Aug 16th

The protest movement in Hong Kong continues amid concerns of a Chinese crackdown.

17:35 | Aug 14th

What led to Kyrgyz special forces storming the compound of the country’s former president?

22:07 | Aug 1st

The optimism after the third Trump-Kim summit at Panmunjom quickly evaporated.

24:34 | Jul 24th

What is the significance of China setting up its second overseas military base in Cambodia?

37:50 | Jul 16th

U.S. President Barack Obama’s former top Asia diplomat discusses the Belt and Road and Japan-South Korea tensions.

24:13 | Jul 11th

What’s at the core of rising Japan-South Korea tensions and what will it take for the two countries to walk back?

21:21 | Jul 3rd

What did the third summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump really change?

29:13 | Jun 26th

“Lips and teeth” or something else? The hosts discuss China’s complex relationship with North Korea.

30:01 | Jun 15th

Which Asian countries overperform and underperform across a range of indicators of national power?

34:36 | Jun 6th

The Indo-Pacific, China-U.S. rivalry, the South Pacific, the South China Sea, and more loomed large this year.

21:00 | May 30th

Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran discuss the geopolitical implications of Modi’s second term.

19:14 | May 9th

As tensions ramp up again on the Korean Peninsula, the hosts discuss Kim Jong Un’s plans.

26:21 | May 4th

The second Belt and Road Forum took place in a more challenging environment than the first.

21:32 | Apr 25th

The Islamic State-claimed attacks that killed nearly 400 people in Sri Lanka mark a watershed in South Asia’s terror landscape.

24:07 | Apr 12th

Can South Korean President Moon Jae-in save the moribund U.S.-North Korea diplomatic process?

23:02 | Apr 2nd

India’s prime minister has declared the country a “space superpower.”

22:55 | Mar 27th

Catherine Putz joins the podcast to explain Nursultan Nazarbayev’s decision to resign the Kazakh presidency.

20:07 | Mar 23rd

The attack in Christchurch is a wake-up call on the threat posed by white nationalist extremism in the region.

25:43 | Mar 15th

Does an unambiguous U.S. assurance to the Philippines in the South China Sea give second wind to an alliance in trouble?

37:54 | Mar 6th

Was the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, doomed to failure from the start?

19:25 | Feb 27th

A discussion of what we know so far about Indian air strikes on Pakistani territory on February 26, 2019.

25:47 | Feb 22nd

Does the Pulwama VBIED attack represent an inflection point in Kashmir?

20:56 | Feb 13th

Does Turkey’s recent statement on the Uyghurs mark a one-off moment or the start of a new era?

21:11 | Jan 19th

What is the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act and what will it do?

30:27 | Jan 8th

How close did the United States and North Korea really come to war in 2017?

35:44 | Dec 27th, 2018

What were the themes and events that defined the past year in Asian geopolitics?

23:16 | Dec 14th, 2018

Elections across the Asia-Pacific are set to make a difference in 2019.
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19:29 | Nov 22nd, 2018

The U.S. trade war with China is bearing out serious consequences for Beijing—and not just economic ones.
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21:07 | Nov 17th, 2018

At ASEAN, Singapore hands the reins over to Thailand.
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19:00 | Oct 31st, 2018

How did Sri Lanka find itself in a crisis and how will it affect its foreign policy?
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31:43 | Oct 24th, 2018

Is the case in Asia for conventional U.S. cruise missiles strong enough to justify the INF withdrawal?
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23:22 | Oct 23rd, 2018

How can Taiwan manage the growing competition between the U.S. and China?
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33:02 | Oct 18th, 2018

Is the Trump administration kicking off a protracted era of U.S.-China confrontation?
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22:35 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Imran Khan has promised a 'new Pakistan'. Can he deliver?
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21:19 | Aug 15th, 2018

What lies ahead for the South China Sea?
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26:31 | Aug 4th, 2018

Catherine Putz joins the podcast to discuss recent developments in Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
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32:52 | Jul 24th, 2018

James Crabtree joins to discuss India's 'Bollygarchs', trade policy, the Belt and Road Initiative, and much more.
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18:07 | Jul 21st, 2018

Reexamining Indonesia's local elections and looking ahead at Cambodia and Thailand.
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30:43 | Jul 12th, 2018

What's driving South Korean thinking about the future of Asia?
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15:30 | Jun 26th, 2018

What do recent anti-China protests reveal and not reveal about the nature of Chinese overseas investment in Asian countries?
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29:51 | Jun 13th, 2018

Who gave up what at the summit and where are U.S.-North Korea relations headed after the summit?
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30:37 | Jun 7th, 2018

From the "Indo-Pacific" to the Korean Peninsula, what were the main themes and anxieties at the Shangri-La Dialogue?
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18:24 | May 25th, 2018

With the June 12 summit in Singapore cancelled, what lies ahead for the Korean Peninsula?
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20:06 | May 18th, 2018

With Mahathir back, does Malaysia's foreign policy anticipate continuity or change?
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19:34 | May 11th, 2018

A new tool helps rank Asian states by their relative and absolute power rankings across a variety of measures.
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28:48 | May 6th, 2018

Are Asian militaries taking the challenges of conventional deterrence seriously?
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25:51 | May 4th, 2018

The historic third inter-Korean summit sets up an uncertain process ahead. What will become of the Korean Peninsula?
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24:33 | Apr 19th, 2018

How did Shinzo Abe's second trip to Mar-a-Lago go?
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25:23 | Apr 13th, 2018

How does the Chinese Communist Party seek to influence and coerce U.S. partners and allies in Asia? Why does it matter?
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22:08 | Mar 22nd, 2018

What does Australia see in the ten member states of ASEAN?
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30:45 | Mar 14th, 2018

Is a Trump-Kim summit doomed to failure or can the U.S. president make some good out of a historic opportunity?
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23:04 | Mar 6th, 2018

The Diplomat's Shannon Tiezzi joins Ankit Panda to discuss developments in Chinese politics.
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24:31 | Feb 28th, 2018

The Diplomat's editors discuss Indian Ocean geopolitics, including the Maldives crisis and the significance of Duqm.
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25:49 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Where do Rodrigo Duterte and China go next in the South China Sea?
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21:56 | Feb 16th, 2018

What are the geopolitical implications of inter-Korean rapprochement in early 2018?
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29:53 | Feb 10th, 2018

What can we learn from what North Korea showed and didn't show at its 2018 military parade?
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26:17 | Feb 7th, 2018

The concert of the Indo-Pacific can consult on a range of issues, but what will their next concrete steps be?
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23:48 | Jan 24th, 2018

What on earth happened to INS Arihant and what does the fifth test of the Agni V mean?
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18:17 | Jan 19th, 2018

Why did the People's Liberation Army-Navy send a submarine to the disputed islands?
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23:38 | Jan 12th, 2018

Is Donald Trump the U.S. president to get Pakistan to do the United States' bidding? Probably not.
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33:39 | Jan 4th, 2018

What are the issues and flashpoints that will come to define Asia in 2018?
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28:27 | Dec 15th, 2017

The stakes with North Korea have never been higher. Does diplomacy have a chance?
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36:16 | Nov 15th, 2017

How did Trump’s first-ever presidential trip to China, Vietnam, and the Philippines wrap up?
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24:15 | Nov 9th, 2017

How did Trump's first-ever presidential trip to U.S. allies Japan and South Korea go?
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16:34 | Nov 3rd, 2017

What did the recent meeting of ASEAN defense ministers accomplish?
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24:42 | Nov 3rd, 2017

China's foreign policy can be expected to remain assertive as it grows increasingly ambitious under Xi Jinping.
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30:19 | Oct 18th, 2017

Donald Trump goes to Asia for the first time as president. What can we expect?
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23:27 | Oct 4th, 2017

Steven Denney returns to discuss the Moon Jae-in administration's acclimation to the North Korea threat.
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31:32 | Oct 3rd, 2017

The stakes in Japan's October 2017 are high, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeking a new mandate to handle North Korea.
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18:41 | Sep 20th, 2017

What is Malaysia's foreign policy? The Diplomat's Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran take a look.
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26:25 | Sep 9th, 2017

The eruption of Rohingya insurgency has taken the long-simmering Rakhine State crisis to a new level.
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16:30 | Aug 29th, 2017

Scott LaFoy and Ankit Panda discuss North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile into the Northern Pacific over Japan.
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20:37 | Aug 26th, 2017

Gregory Poling joins the podcast to go over recent events near Thitu Island in the South China Sea.
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24:04 | Aug 19th, 2017

Is the United States going to be able to accept the reality about North Korea's nuclear-tipped missiles?
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18:50 | Aug 5th, 2017

As ASEAN nears its 50th anniversary, what challenges does it face as a regional organization?
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16:06 | Jul 29th, 2017

Beleaguered by scandal, an election loss in Tokyo, and a significant resignation, how is Abe's political position?
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22:37 | Jul 27th, 2017

The Diplomat's editors survey recent maritime and naval developments in Asia.
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24:08 | Jul 22nd, 2017

The July 2016 arbitral tribunal ruling failed to change much in the South China Sea, but how far have things come?
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1:04:49 | Jul 18th, 2017

An inaugural collaboration with the ArmsControlWonk podcast digging into North Korea's new IRBM, ICBM, and much more.
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27:55 | Jul 15th, 2017

India and Chinese troops are currently gridlocked in one of the most serious border standoffs in decades. Why?