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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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Huawei, Tech Decoupling, and Great Power Competition

26:22 | May 17th

Huawei’s fate is in the Trump administration’s hands.
North Korea First Missile Test in More Than 500 Days: A Harbinger of Greater Tension?

19:14 | May 9th

As tensions ramp up again on the Korean Peninsula, the hosts discuss Kim Jong Un’s plans.
What Does the Second Belt and Road Forum Say About the Health of China’s Initiative?

26:21 | May 4th

The second Belt and Road Forum took place in a more challenging environment than the first.
Easter Day Terror in Sri Lanka: Geopolitical Implications

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.
Where to Next for US-North Korea Talks?

24:07 | Apr 12th

Can South Korean President Moon Jae-in save the moribund U.S.-North Korea diplomatic process?
Mission Shakti and Beyond: Breaking Down India’s Anti-Satellite Test

23:02 | Apr 2nd

India’s prime minister has declared the country a “space superpower.”
Kazakhstan’s Transition: Nazarbayev Steps Down, But He’s Not Out

22:55 | Mar 27th

Catherine Putz joins the podcast to explain Nursultan Nazarbayev’s decision to resign the Kazakh presidency.
White Nationalist Terrorism in the Indo-Pacific: The Threat After Christchurch

20:07 | Mar 23rd

The attack in Christchurch is a wake-up call on the threat posed by white nationalist extremism in the region.
Allied Assurances and Credibility: The United States, the Philippines, and the South China Sea

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?
The Trump-Kim Hanoi Summit: The Origins of a ‘No Deal’ Outcome

37:54 | Mar 6th

Was the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, doomed to failure from the start?
Why the Indian Air Force Strike at Balakot in Pakistan Matters

19:25 | Feb 27th

A discussion of what we know so far about Indian air strikes on Pakistani territory on February 26, 2019.
After the Pulwama Attack: Causes, Effects, and Lessons Learned

25:47 | Feb 22nd

Does the Pulwama VBIED attack represent an inflection point in Kashmir?
Why Turkey Is Finally Speaking Out on the Plight of China’s Uyghurs

20:56 | Feb 13th

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

21:11 | Jan 19th

What is the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act and what will it do?
How Trump and Kim Brought the World to the Brink

30:27 | Jan 8th

How close did the United States and North Korea really come to war in 2017?
Looking Back on 2018 in Asian Geopolitics

35:44 | Dec 27th, 2018

What were the themes and events that defined the past year in Asian geopolitics?
5 Asian Elections to Pay Attention to in 2019

23:16 | Dec 14th, 2018

Elections across the Asia-Pacific are set to make a difference in 2019.
What the APEC 2018 Summit Reveals About China's Regional Economic Insecurities

19:29 | Nov 22nd, 2018

The U.S. trade war with China is bearing out serious consequences for Beijing—and not just economic ones.
Reviewing the 2018 ASEAN and East Asia Summits

21:07 | Nov 17th, 2018

At ASEAN, Singapore hands the reins over to Thailand.
Sri Lanka's Constitutional Crisis: Where It Came From and How It'll Affect Regional Geopolitics

19:00 | Oct 31st, 2018

How did Sri Lanka find itself in a crisis and how will it affect its foreign policy?
US INF Withdrawal, Archipelagic Defense, and Managing the China Challenge

31:43 | Oct 24th, 2018

Is the case in Asia for conventional U.S. cruise missiles strong enough to justify the INF withdrawal?
‘Indispensable and Irreplacable’: Taiwan in an Era of US-China Competition

23:22 | Oct 23rd, 2018

How can Taiwan manage the growing competition between the U.S. and China?
Are the United States and China Really Entering a ‘New Cold War’?

33:02 | Oct 18th, 2018

Is the Trump administration kicking off a protracted era of U.S.-China confrontation?
The Geopolitical Implications of Imran Khan's Rise in Pakistan

22:35 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Imran Khan has promised a 'new Pakistan'. Can he deliver?
Central Asia Update: Islamic State in Tajikistan and the Trial of Sayragul Sauytbay in Kazakhstan

26:31 | Aug 4th, 2018

Catherine Putz joins the podcast to discuss recent developments in Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
Understanding India's Place in Asia's Shifting Geoeconomic Order

32:52 | Jul 24th, 2018

James Crabtree joins to discuss India's 'Bollygarchs', trade policy, the Belt and Road Initiative, and much more.
Democracy and Geopolitics in Southeast Asia

18:07 | Jul 21st, 2018

Reexamining Indonesia's local elections and looking ahead at Cambodia and Thailand.
Assessing South Korea's Role as an Indo-Pacific Middle Power

30:43 | Jul 12th, 2018

What's driving South Korean thinking about the future of Asia?
The Geopolitical Significance of Anti-China Protests in Vietnam

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?
When Trump Met Kim: Assessing the First US-North Korean Summit

29:51 | Jun 13th, 2018

Who gave up what at the summit and where are U.S.-North Korea relations headed after the summit?
Reflections on the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue: What's the Indo-Pacific Anyway?

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?
Trump Cancels the June 12 Summit With Kim Jong Un: What Now?

18:24 | May 25th, 2018

With the June 12 summit in Singapore cancelled, what lies ahead for the Korean Peninsula?
The Geopolitical Implications of Malaysia's Election Earthquake

20:06 | May 18th, 2018

With Mahathir back, does Malaysia's foreign policy anticipate continuity or change?
What Is the Nature of Power in the Asia-Pacific and Who Wields It?

19:34 | May 11th, 2018

A new tool helps rank Asian states by their relative and absolute power rankings across a variety of measures.
Conventional Deterrence in the Asia-Pacific Region

28:48 | May 6th, 2018

Are Asian militaries taking the challenges of conventional deterrence seriously?
Making Sense of the Third Inter-Korean Summit: What It Means and What Comes Next

25:51 | May 4th, 2018

The historic third inter-Korean summit sets up an uncertain process ahead. What will become of the Korean Peninsula?
Abe in Mar-a-Lago, Round 2: Where the US-Japan Relationship Stands

24:33 | Apr 19th, 2018

How did Shinzo Abe's second trip to Mar-a-Lago go?
Understanding How China Chooses to Coerce and Influence US Partners and Allies

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?
Indo-Pacific 'Nexus': Why Southeast Asia and ASEAN Matter to Australia

22:08 | Mar 22nd, 2018

What does Australia see in the ten member states of ASEAN?
How to Make the Most of a Historic Trump-Kim Summit (If It Happens)

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?
What China's Elimination of Presidential Term Limits Does and Doesn't Mean

23:04 | Mar 6th, 2018

The Diplomat's Shannon Tiezzi joins Ankit Panda to discuss developments in Chinese politics.
Indian Ocean Update: The Crisis in the Maldives and India's Play at Duqm

24:31 | Feb 28th, 2018

The Diplomat's editors discuss Indian Ocean geopolitics, including the Maldives crisis and the significance of Duqm.
Inter-Korean Rapprochement in Early 2018: Geopolitical Implications and Alliance Dynamics

21:56 | Feb 16th, 2018

What are the geopolitical implications of inter-Korean rapprochement in early 2018?
Analyzing North Korea's 2018 Military Parade: The Missiles and the Launchers

29:53 | Feb 10th, 2018

What can we learn from what North Korea showed and didn't show at its 2018 military parade?
Who's Afraid of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific?

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?
INS Arihant and the Agni V: A Look at Recent Developments in India's Nuclear Forces

23:48 | Jan 24th, 2018

What on earth happened to INS Arihant and what does the fifth test of the Agni V mean?
East China Sea Update: A Chinese Submarine Off the Senkakus and an Oil Spill

18:17 | Jan 19th, 2018

Why did the People's Liberation Army-Navy send a submarine to the disputed islands?
Will Trump's Lash-Out Against Pakistan Succeed Where Other US Presidents Failed?

23:38 | Jan 12th, 2018

Is Donald Trump the U.S. president to get Pakistan to do the United States' bidding? Probably not.
Asian Geopolitics in 2018: What to Worry About and What to Expect

33:39 | Jan 4th, 2018

What are the issues and flashpoints that will come to define Asia in 2018?
North Korea's Hwasong-15 and the Odds for Diplomacy in 2018

28:27 | Dec 15th, 2017

The stakes with North Korea have never been higher. Does diplomacy have a chance?
Tracking Trump's First Trip to Asia, Part 2: China, Vietnam, APEC, Philippines, ASEAN, EAS, and the 'Quad'

36:16 | Nov 15th, 2017

How did Trump’s first-ever presidential trip to China, Vietnam, and the Philippines wrap up?
Tracking Trump's First Trip to Asia, Part 1: Japan and South Korea

24:15 | Nov 9th, 2017

How did Trump's first-ever presidential trip to U.S. allies Japan and South Korea go?
ASEAN Defense Collaboration and ASEAN's Relations With North Korea

16:34 | Nov 3rd, 2017

What did the recent meeting of ASEAN defense ministers accomplish?
Welcome to the Xi Jinping Show: Chinese Foreign Policy After the 19th Party Congress

24:42 | Nov 3rd, 2017

China's foreign policy can be expected to remain assertive as it grows increasingly ambitious under Xi Jinping.
Trump Goes to Asia: Everything You Need to Know

30:19 | Oct 18th, 2017

Donald Trump goes to Asia for the first time as president. What can we expect?
South Korea in the Storm: Managing the US Alliance and North Korea

23:27 | Oct 4th, 2017

Steven Denney returns to discuss the Moon Jae-in administration's acclimation to the North Korea threat.
The Story of How Japanese Politics Got Shaken Up in 2017

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.
Malaysia's Foreign Policy in Asia: Punching Above Its Weight?

18:41 | Sep 20th, 2017

What is Malaysia's foreign policy? The Diplomat's Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran take a look.
What's Behind the 2017 Rakhine State Crisis in Myanmar?

26:25 | Sep 9th, 2017

The eruption of Rohingya insurgency has taken the long-simmering Rakhine State crisis to a new level.
North Korea Launches a Ballistic Missile Over Japan: First Impressions and Analysis

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.
South China Sea Update: Assessing the Latest Chinese Maritime Activity Near Thitu Island

20:37 | Aug 26th, 2017

Gregory Poling joins the podcast to go over recent events near Thitu Island in the South China Sea.
Will the US Learn to Accept the Reality of North Korea's Nuclear-Tipped Missiles?

24:04 | Aug 19th, 2017

Is the United States going to be able to accept the reality about North Korea's nuclear-tipped missiles?
Assessing ASEAN's Geopolitical Relevance After 50 Years

18:50 | Aug 5th, 2017

As ASEAN nears its 50th anniversary, what challenges does it face as a regional organization?
Elections, Scandals, and Resignations: Can Shinzo Abe Survive in Japanese Politics?

16:06 | Jul 29th, 2017

Beleaguered by scandal, an election loss in Tokyo, and a significant resignation, how is Abe's political position?
Maritime Asia Update: Malabar 2017, India's Project 75I Sub, and EEZ Surveillance

22:37 | Jul 27th, 2017

The Diplomat's editors survey recent maritime and naval developments in Asia.
One Year After the South China Sea Arbitration Award, Has China 'Won'?

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?
North Korea's Hwasong-12 and Hwasong-14 Missiles

1:04:49 | Jul 18th, 2017

An inaugural collaboration with the ArmsControlWonk podcast digging into North Korea's new IRBM, ICBM, and much more.
Understanding the India-China Standoff at Doklam

27:55 | Jul 15th, 2017

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