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.

Latest from Ankit Panda

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
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

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

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

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

US-China diplomatic and security talks fail to produce a way out of the morass, but did anyone think it would?
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
  • 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
Why the cost of Donald Trump’s plan to scrap nuclear arms control treaty may not be worth the gains in Asia
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

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

Pentagon’s goal of stopping enemy missiles before they’re launched risks amplifying North Korean danger
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

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

Kim Jong-un grabs headlines at home, but what did Donald Trump get from historic summit?