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China’s Belt and Road Initiative in South East Asia

On May 13, 2019, Posted by , In China,Information Reports,Jeff Bates,South China Sea,Southeast Asia, With Comments Off on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in South East Asia

Image of the BRI conference held in April.  Photo credit (Chanborey, Cheunboran. 2019) In late April, Chinese President Xi Jinping held a meeting with leaders of countries involved with the Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI.  Included in the meeting were more than 1,500 delegates and 40 heads of state. …

Myanmar – A New Battleground for the Islamic State?

On February 2, 2019, Posted by , In Analysis Reports,Information Reports,Southeast Asia, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Myanmar – A New Battleground for the Islamic State?

By Jeff Bates With the disruption that the Rohingya crisis has created, the Islamic State (IS) has taken advantage over the degraded situation and has been exploiting the crisis.  In July of 2016, IS carried out an attack in the capital of Myanmar, Dhaka, in which twenty civilians, mostly foreigners, were…