Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.
Ankit Panda
Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.

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Opinion | US-China relations set for more of the same under Donald Trump’s new security adviser

Robert O’Brien is not a well-known name in foreign policy circles and when it comes to Beijing, his role is likely to be marginal, Ankit Panda writes.

21 Sep 2019 - 10:37PM

Robert O’Brien is not a well-known name in foreign policy circles and when it comes to Beijing, his role is likely to be marginal, Ankit Panda writes.

US-China relations set for more of the same under Donald Trump’s new security adviser
Opinion | US may still get another chance of a denuclearisation deal with North Korea this year

Positive noises from Pyongyang’s foreign vice-minister and Donald Trump’s sacking of John Bolton bode well for progress – but it was a mistake for Trump to express openness to another summit with Kim Jong-un before making diplomatic progress.

16 Sep 2019 - 12:53PM

Positive noises from Pyongyang’s foreign vice-minister and Donald Trump’s sacking of John Bolton bode well for progress – but it was a mistake for Trump to express openness to another summit with Kim Jong-un before making diplomatic progress.

US may still get another chance of a denuclearisation deal with North Korea this year
Can China take advantage of rift between South Korea and Japan?

Seoul’s decision not to renew agreement with Tokyo on sharing military information could provide Beijing with a golden opportunity, Ankit Panda writes.

8 Sep 2019 - 10:59PM

Seoul’s decision not to renew agreement with Tokyo on sharing military information could provide Beijing with a golden opportunity, Ankit Panda writes.

Can China take advantage of rift between South Korea and Japan?
Opinion | India’s rethink on ‘no first use’ nuclear policy won’t surprise China or Pakistan

Recent comments by India’s defence minister highlight the evolution of New Delhi’s thinking and the mutual scepticism between it and its two biggest rivals.

25 Aug 2019 - 10:01PM

Recent comments by India’s defence minister highlight the evolution of New Delhi’s thinking and the mutual scepticism between it and its two biggest rivals.

India’s rethink on ‘no first use’ nuclear policy won’t surprise China or Pakistan
Opinion | How India’s Kashmir move complicates the border issue with China

Ankit Panda writes that while New Delhi’s revoking of Kashmir’s special status pleases both supporters and opposition parties, the move has opened ‘a geopolitical Pandora’s box’.

10 Aug 2019 - 3:00PM

Ankit Panda writes that while New Delhi’s revoking of Kashmir’s special status pleases both supporters and opposition parties, the move has opened ‘a geopolitical Pandora’s box’.

How India’s Kashmir move complicates the border issue with China
Opinion | Kim Jong-un’s strategy suggests US has a choice: change stance, or talks will go nowhere

North Korean leader has sought ‘bold decision’ from Washington by the end of the year – and July’s displays of nuclear capability, following indications of support from China and Russia, suggest he is serious.

4 Aug 2019 - 4:00PM

North Korean leader has sought ‘bold decision’ from Washington by the end of the year – and July’s displays of nuclear capability, following indications of support from China and Russia, suggest he is serious.

Kim Jong-un’s strategy suggests US has a choice: change stance, or talks will go nowhere
Opinion | China’s disregard for Vietnamese sovereignty leaves region worse off

To reach agreement on how to share resources in the disputed South China Sea, all claimants need to refrain from pushing dubious entitlements – but Beijing’s actions suggest it believes ‘might makes right’.

26 Jul 2019 - 10:08PM

To reach agreement on how to share resources in the disputed South China Sea, all claimants need to refrain from pushing dubious entitlements – but Beijing’s actions suggest it believes ‘might makes right’.

China’s disregard for Vietnamese sovereignty leaves region worse off
Opinion | How Chinese missile tests could up the stakes for the US in the South China Sea

Recent tests of anti-ship missiles near the disputed Spratly Islands send clear message to Washington about the risks of future engagement.

14 Jul 2019 - 9:48PM

Recent tests of anti-ship missiles near the disputed Spratly Islands send clear message to Washington about the risks of future engagement.

How Chinese missile tests could up the stakes for the US in the South China Sea
Opinion | Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un handshake at Korean border was nice, but fundamental challenges haven’t changed

If US negotiators hope to get something for nothing from Pyongyang, they will be sorely disappointed, Ankit Panda writes.

6 Jul 2019 - 10:51PM

If US negotiators hope to get something for nothing from Pyongyang, they will be sorely disappointed, Ankit Panda writes.

Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un handshake at Korean border was nice, but fundamental challenges haven’t changed
Opinion | How many personal truces between Xi and Trump will it take to resolve the trade war?

Presidents used their close friendship to get the stalled talks back on track but nothing really changed in Osaka, Ankit Panda says.

1 Jul 2019 - 7:06AM

Presidents used their close friendship to get the stalled talks back on track but nothing really changed in Osaka, Ankit Panda says.

How many personal truces between Xi and Trump will it take to resolve the trade war?
Opinion | Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to North Korea serves as a reminder that Kim Jong-un still needs friends on the world stage

The Chinese leader is visiting after Kim’s failed summit with Donald Trump and underscores importance of relationship with Beijing

20 Jun 2019 - 6:23PM

The Chinese leader is visiting after Kim’s failed summit with Donald Trump and underscores importance of relationship with Beijing

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to North Korea serves as a reminder that Kim Jong-un still needs friends on the world stage
Opinion | The complex issues with China that India’s Narendra Modi carries into his second term as prime minister

There are no easy answers to the challenges the new Indian government will face in its multifaceted relationship with China, Ankit Panda writes.

4 Jun 2019 - 1:28PM

There are no easy answers to the challenges the new Indian government will face in its multifaceted relationship with China, Ankit Panda writes.

The complex issues with China that India’s Narendra Modi carries into his second term as prime minister
Opinion | ‘Declining’ US should reject race-based thinking and embrace innovation to compete with China

Ankit Panda writes that the prospect of a ‘civilisational clash’ with China should not underpin US foreign policy.

18 May 2019 - 11:29PM

Ankit Panda writes that the prospect of a ‘civilisational clash’ with China should not underpin US foreign policy.

‘Declining’ US should reject race-based thinking and embrace innovation to compete with China
Opinion | How China’s military upgrade and trade tensions are challenging the US in Indo-Pacific

Ankit Panda writes that while a bilateral clash is not inevitable, China’s military modernisation at a time of trade anxiety is challenging US goals of Indo-Pacific dominance.

12 May 2019 - 5:00PM

Ankit Panda writes that while a bilateral clash is not inevitable, China’s military modernisation at a time of trade anxiety is challenging US goals of Indo-Pacific dominance.

How China’s military upgrade and trade tensions are challenging the US in Indo-Pacific
Opinion | No China-US cold war but visa freeze puts mutual insight on ice

Essential but non-official connections between the two countries are being pulled apart just as they are needed most, writes Ankit Panda.

27 Apr 2019 - 6:23PM

Essential but non-official connections between the two countries are being pulled apart just as they are needed most, writes Ankit Panda.

No China-US cold war but visa freeze puts mutual insight on ice
Opinion | After Hanoi debacle, US must review its North Korea negotiating strategy

Ankit Panda writes that as Kim Jong-un moves to ensure his survival, Washington will have to decide whether to keep demanding all or nothing from Pyongyang.

20 Apr 2019 - 10:44PM

Ankit Panda writes that as Kim Jong-un moves to ensure his survival, Washington will have to decide whether to keep demanding all or nothing from Pyongyang.

After Hanoi debacle, US must review its North Korea negotiating strategy
Opinion | How the latest South China Sea tensions could rekindle a Manila-Washington alliance

Ankit Panda writes that China may have overplayed its hand with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte by having fishing vessels swarm Thitu Island.

13 Apr 2019 - 11:16PM

Ankit Panda writes that China may have overplayed its hand with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte by having fishing vessels swarm Thitu Island.

How the latest South China Sea tensions could rekindle a Manila-Washington alliance
Opinion | How India’s breakthrough as an ‘elite space power’ devalues discovery and innovation

Ankit Panda writes that India’s test of an interceptor to destroy a satellite only renders space less hospitable for peaceful, civilian use, while contributing marginal military benefit.

7 Apr 2019 - 9:50PM

Ankit Panda writes that India’s test of an interceptor to destroy a satellite only renders space less hospitable for peaceful, civilian use, while contributing marginal military benefit.

How India’s breakthrough as an ‘elite space power’ devalues discovery and innovation
Opinion | As US-North Korea diplomacy falters, will Kim Jong-un look to boost ties with Russia?

After failure of Hanoi summit between Kim and Donald Trump relations between Pyongyang and Washington are in a perilous state, says Ankit Panda.

31 Mar 2019 - 11:03PM

After failure of Hanoi summit between Kim and Donald Trump relations between Pyongyang and Washington are in a perilous state, says Ankit Panda.

As US-North Korea diplomacy falters, will Kim Jong-un look to boost ties with Russia?
Opinion | As China builds its military muscle, it will pivot to head games

As the great-power competition with the US heats up, China’s defence spending is delivering a modern military, but the next step will be to develop the experience and knowledge base of its military personnel.

16 Mar 2019 - 10:36PM

As the great-power competition with the US heats up, China’s defence spending is delivering a modern military, but the next step will be to develop the experience and knowledge base of its military personnel.

As China builds its military muscle, it will pivot to head games
Opinion | India-Pakistan crisis: How long can China oppose UN labelling Masood Azhar a terrorist?

The latest conflict between the nuclear powers was sparked by a suicide bomb attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed, but Beijing refuses to agree to labelling its leader a terrorist.

2 Mar 2019 - 10:42PM

The latest conflict between the nuclear powers was sparked by a suicide bomb attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed, but Beijing refuses to agree to labelling its leader a terrorist.

India-Pakistan crisis: How long can China oppose UN labelling Masood Azhar a terrorist?
Opinion | Why nuclear arms talks between China and the US are inescapable

The Trump administration may not want arms control with Beijing, but China can no longer steer clear of a non-proliferation accord, Ankit Panda writes.

24 Feb 2019 - 4:01PM

The Trump administration may not want arms control with Beijing, but China can no longer steer clear of a non-proliferation accord, Ankit Panda writes.

Why nuclear arms talks between China and the US are inescapable
Opinion | As the clock ticks, there’s a path to a ‘win-win’ outcome in US-China trade talks

Ankit Panda writes that a meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping could result in a way out of the impasse, at least temporarily.

16 Feb 2019 - 10:34PM

Ankit Panda writes that a meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping could result in a way out of the impasse, at least temporarily.

As the clock ticks, there’s a path to a ‘win-win’ outcome in US-China trade talks
Opinion | An option for China as it tries to help Huawei escape its mounting legal woes

We’re watching the world of technology cleave between China and the rest of the world, as the telecoms giant that has become a symbol of national hi-tech pride comes under siege, Ankit Panda writes.

4 Feb 2019 - 8:29AM

We’re watching the world of technology cleave between China and the rest of the world, as the telecoms giant that has become a symbol of national hi-tech pride comes under siege, Ankit Panda writes.

An option for China as it tries to help Huawei escape its mounting legal woes
Opinion | How Donald Trump’s missile defence review – and its impact on China and Russia – threatens global security

Ankit Panda writes that the United States’ statement of defence policy will cause reactions in Beijing and Moscow that will undermine the world’s protection against war.

26 Jan 2019 - 12:25PM

Ankit Panda writes that the United States’ statement of defence policy will cause reactions in Beijing and Moscow that will undermine the world’s protection against war.

How Donald Trump’s missile defence review – and its impact on China and Russia – threatens global security
Opinion | US-North Korea talks made second Trump-Kim summit likely, but first they need a breakthrough

Having hosted negotiator Kim Yong-chol, the US’ Stephen Biegun is to meet diplomat Choe Son-hui to discuss critical details, after the last summit brought disarming North Korea no closer.

21 Jan 2019 - 5:25PM

Having hosted negotiator Kim Yong-chol, the US’ Stephen Biegun is to meet diplomat Choe Son-hui to discuss critical details, after the last summit brought disarming North Korea no closer.

US-North Korea talks made second Trump-Kim summit likely, but first they need a breakthrough
Is Donald Trump’s ARIA an overture to greater harmony in the Indo-Pacific region?

Asia Reassurance Initiative Act’s call for US$1.5 billion a year for programmes in East and Southeast Asia likely to be welcomed by US allies in region, Ankit Panda writes.

12 Jan 2019 - 11:03PM

Asia Reassurance Initiative Act’s call for US$1.5 billion a year for programmes in East and Southeast Asia likely to be welcomed by US allies in region, Ankit Panda writes.

Is Donald Trump’s ARIA an overture to greater harmony in the Indo-Pacific region?
Opinion | Charges against Chinese nationals are likely only the beginning of a US ramp-up in legal action against China-based hackers

Ankit Panda writes that the indictment of Chinese nationals for cybercrimes marks a shift by the White House away from diplomacy towards hitting wrongdoers with criminal charges.

30 Dec 2018 - 9:40PM

Ankit Panda writes that the indictment of Chinese nationals for cybercrimes marks a shift by the White House away from diplomacy towards hitting wrongdoers with criminal charges.

Charges against Chinese nationals are likely only the beginning of a US ramp-up in legal action against China-based hackers
Opinion | With James Mattis’ resignation, what now for US-China military ties?

Defence secretary seen as a symbol of continuity by America’s Asian allies and his departure could lead to turbulence in region, says Ankit Panda.

22 Dec 2018 - 9:11PM

Defence secretary seen as a symbol of continuity by America’s Asian allies and his departure could lead to turbulence in region, says Ankit Panda.

With James Mattis’ resignation, what now for US-China military ties?
Opinion | Why the US needs to stand with Canada and set aside politics in the prosecution of Huawei’s CFO

Ankit Panda writes that the US government must affirm that Meng’s arrest is legally justifiable and will be handled as any other bank fraud prosecution might be.

16 Dec 2018 - 6:02PM

Ankit Panda writes that the US government must affirm that Meng’s arrest is legally justifiable and will be handled as any other bank fraud prosecution might be.

Why the US needs to stand with Canada and set aside politics in the prosecution of Huawei’s CFO