Asia

H-bomb or not, don’t underestimate North Korean militarism


By Bradley K. Martin
I leave it to the weapons experts to decide whether it was or it wasn’t. What jumps out in any case is that the North Koreans CLAIMED that what they tested Wednesday was a hydrogen bomb.

North Korea's Nuclear Test: Washington's Next Move


Bruce Klingner
North Korea announced Wednesday that it has conducted a successful H-bomb nuclear test of a miniaturized warhead.Prior to the announcement, sensors had detected a 5.1-magnitude seismic event at the same approximate location of North Korea’s 2013 nuclear test. Nuclear experts are continuing to analyze the data, but preliminary assessments are that North Korea did conduct its fourth nuclear test.

India and Japan Boost Ties During Abe Visit

India and Japan Boost Ties During Abe Visit

 Harsh V. Pant
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in India last week to take part in the 9th annual India-Japan summit talks with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.Both leaders evaluated the state of their “special strategic and global partnership” as well as reviewed the implementation of various decisions taken over the last year on the economic and trade front.

Where does Turkey stand in the New Silk Road?

GİLA BENMAYOR, hurriyetdailynews
The Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) was one of the first pioneering institutions that started closely monitoring China. During the presidency of Arzuhan Doğan Yalçındağ in 2007, when TÜSİAD opened an office in Beijing, I remember there were opponents arguing this was not needed.

The Revival of Jihad in Bangladesh: Is Islamic State at India’s Doorsteps?

Geopolitical Monitor,
Balasubramaniyan Viswanathan

Islamic State, in its latest issue of Dabiq entitled “Just Terror,” has sounded the clarion for its jihadi campaign in Bangladesh with a dedicated article entitled “The Revival of Jihad in Bengal.” This is the first official instance of the Islamic State trying to revive jihad in the Indian subcontinent, concomitantly confirming the presence of Islamic State in Bangladesh, and posing serious security problems to India.

Water War in Central Asia: the Water Dilemma of Turkmenistan

Geopolitical Monitor, Ramon Collado

Central Asian countries developed their standard for water and electricity exchange under stringent Soviet resource-allocation policies. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, these states continued to share the major water resources available in the region—the Amu Darya-Syr Darya Rivers, the Aral Sea.

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