Month: September 2013

Will Beijing help Riyadh go nuclear?

Written by Naser AL-Tamimi. As negotiations between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program reach a critical juncture, those most likely to be directly effected by an “Iranian bomb” are showing greater alarm. While the media fixates on Israel and its possible reaction, other regional players have no […]

Special Issue on the People’s Liberation Army

Special Issue on the PLA and China’s Foreign Relations China’s economic rise has been accompanied by a thorough modernization program for the People’s Liberation Army. Despite assurances of a ‘peaceful rise’, China’s increasing global engagements  combined with the PLA’s rapid advances in areas like precision-guided ballistic missiles, cyberwarfare […]

Crisis in the KMT

Written by Michael Turton. Two weeks ago President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan decided to drop a giant rock into the torpid waters of the island’s late-summer political scene when he had his party, the Kuomintang (KMT), remove the KMT Speaker of the legislature, Wang Jin-pyng. This triggered a […]