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 | 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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

Opinion | Trump-Xi trade ceasefire isn’t enough to resolve the US and China’s deep divisions on trade

While the 90-day deadline gives both sides breathing space, Ankit Panda argues that more is needed to finally end the trade war.

3 Dec 2018 - 10:36PM
Trump-Xi trade ceasefire isn’t enough to resolve the US and China’s deep divisions on trade

While the 90-day deadline gives both sides breathing space, Ankit Panda argues that more is needed to finally end the trade war.

Opinion | US-China diplomatic and security talks fail to produce a way out of the morass, but did anyone think it would?

Despite tensions both sides recognise that a continuation of military-to-military exchanges could provide stability and prevent conflict breaking out, Ankit Panda says.

10 Nov 2018 - 6:34PM
US-China diplomatic and security talks fail to produce a way out of the morass, but did anyone think it would?

Despite tensions both sides recognise that a continuation of military-to-military exchanges could provide stability and prevent conflict breaking out, Ankit Panda says.

Why the cost of Donald Trump’s plan to scrap nuclear arms control treaty may not be worth the gains in Asia
  • Ankit Panda writes that a US pull-out from 1987 treaty would expose Europe to a threat from Russian cruise missiles without doing much to provide a strategic counterweight to China
9 Nov 2018 - 6:21AM
Why the cost of Donald Trump’s plan to scrap nuclear arms control treaty may not be worth the gains in Asia
  • Ankit Panda writes that a US pull-out from 1987 treaty would expose Europe to a threat from Russian cruise missiles without doing much to provide a strategic counterweight to China
Opinion | Pentagon’s goal of stopping enemy missiles before they’re launched risks amplifying North Korean danger

US efforts to disable Pyongyang’s weapons without a shot being fired just leave Kim Jong-un guessing, and that could lead to trouble, Ankit Panda writes

20 Oct 2018 - 7:15PM
Pentagon’s goal of stopping enemy missiles before they’re launched risks amplifying North Korean danger

US efforts to disable Pyongyang’s weapons without a shot being fired just leave Kim Jong-un guessing, and that could lead to trouble, Ankit Panda writes

How the partisan policies of Donald Trump’s administration rubbed salt in wounded China-US ties
Voters re-energise Maldivian democracy, but new leaders are unlikely to push China away
North, South Korea ease military tensions but how close are they to a nuclear-free peninsula?
A modest and clubby Kim Jong-un – the new normal for now from a nuclear North Korea?
Donald Trump’s plan for new Space Force is wrong response to US concerns about China and Russia
How the next inter-Korean summit only raises the stakes for South Korea’s Moon Jae-in
How Mike Pompeo wrapped a bid to safeguard the Asia-Pacific’s status quo in an infrastructure investment plan
Why America needs to get smarter if it wants to keep its edge over China
Why denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula may be a fanciful dream
US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis’ visit to Beijing did little to soothe tensions
Kim Jong-un grabs headlines at home, but what did Donald Trump get from historic summit?

Meeting of two leaders seen as a coup for the restive state, but US leaves empty-handed, Ankit Panda writes.

13 Jun 2018 - 11:27PM
Kim Jong-un grabs headlines at home, but what did Donald Trump get from historic summit?

Meeting of two leaders seen as a coup for the restive state, but US leaves empty-handed, Ankit Panda writes.

Can China, United States prevent a war of words over South China Sea becoming a military storm?

After a turbulent few weeks in the maritime region, defence officials at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore will be hoping to find some calmer waters.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
Can China, United States prevent a war of words over South China Sea becoming a military storm?

After a turbulent few weeks in the maritime region, defence officials at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore will be hoping to find some calmer waters.

Was Donald Trump flattered into reversing his decision to cancel summit with Kim Jong-un?

After receiving placative dispatch from North Korean vice-foreign minister the US appears willing to return to the negotiating table.

26 May 2018 - 3:22PM
Was Donald Trump flattered into reversing his decision to cancel summit with Kim Jong-un?

After receiving placative dispatch from North Korean vice-foreign minister the US appears willing to return to the negotiating table.

Why Malaysia’s China policy is unlikely to change, for now, despite election shock
How a ‘familiar’ summit put new life into the Korean peninsula’s hopes for peace 
Kim-Moon summit will be tipping point in Korean nuclear crisis
Emptiness of US rhetoric has been exposed by China bringing Vietnam to heel 

Washington failed to back up words with action after Beijing pressured Hanoi into abandoning South China Sea oil drilling project

20 Jul 2018 - 8:47PM
Emptiness of US rhetoric has been exposed by China bringing Vietnam to heel 

Washington failed to back up words with action after Beijing pressured Hanoi into abandoning South China Sea oil drilling project

Xi Jinping back centre-stage in bids to resolve North Korea crisis
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