DRI Future Tense

Through conversations with thought leaders, DRI Future Tense simultaneously focuses on the big picture and hidden details that are shaping seismic shifts in Asia-Pacific geopolitics.

January 3, 2022

Global Arms Trends: What’s New?

Lucie Béraud-Sudreau, Director of SIPRI’s Military Expenditure and Arms Production Programme, talks about global trends in weapons production and sales, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the methodology involved in SIPRI's measurement of China's military expenditure, and much more.
December 13, 2021

Power Shift in Asia-Pacific?

Lowy Institute's Director of Research Herve Lemahieu talks about the latest Asia Power Index--the winners and losers, and surprises in this year's edition.
November 25, 2021

Chinese Nuclear Weapons: A View From Beijing

Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy Senior Fellow Tong Zhao discusses drivers behind China's nuclear weapons expansion, how Beijing perceives the international strategic environment, China's position on arms control, and much more in the latest episode of DRI Future Tense.
November 11, 2021

Fraught Frontiers: China-India Relations and Beyond

Former Indian foreign secretary and diplomatic historian Ambassador Nirupama Rao discusses the past, present, and future of China-India relations, music's role in South Asian integration, and antiquarian books, with DRI's Director of Research Abhijnan Rej.
October 28, 2021

AUKUS: A Strategic Paradigm Shift?

IISS Singapore Senior Fellow Euan Graham discusses the significance of the newly announced Australia-United Kingdom-United States "AUKUS" security partnership with DRI's Director of Research Abhijnan Rej.
October 5, 2021

Bad Debt: Evergrande and China

Nathan Handwerker, co-founder of The China Guys, talks to DRI's Director of Research Abhijnan Rej about the Evergrande crisis, China's real estate and banking sectors, and the future trajectory of the Chinese economy.
September 16, 2021

AI and Future War: Dissecting the Hype

Researcher Maaike Verbruggen and DRI's Director of Research Abhijnan Rej discuss artificial intelligence and war, and probe the role of narratives and the sociology shaping how emerging tech is portrayed.
September 2, 2021

Afghanistan’s Shadow Over South Asia

South Asian security expert Dr. Avinash Paliwal speaks with DRI's Director of Research Abhijnan Rej on how the Taliban's return to power in Afghanistan could reshape South Asia's security environment, and how regional powers – independent of their relationship with the Taliban – remain apprehensive about what the future might hold.
August 19, 2021

Afghanistan: Analysis and Expectation

Author and defense policy expert Van Jackson discusses the analytical tradecraft lessons of the Afghanistan debacle with DRI Director of Research Abhijnan Rej.