Saturday, August 24, 2019
This is the second piece in a two-part special series on US President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia. You can read more on the first piece on "Trump in Asia: Making America Great in Asia?" here. US President Donald Trump’s marathon...
Sceptics look to China’s imperial past as a warning about a possible new hegemon in the region. Is China, under President Xi Jinping, Southeast Asia’s new hegemon? Pundits like to compare President Xi to an emperor. Such talk has increased after...
Brexit is likely to be one of the greatest political upheavals of our time. For the first time in history, a country, the United Kingdom, voted to leave the European Union (EU). The referendum on the 23rd of June...
Especially among the young, Malaysia’s 14th general election is increasingly being seen as a choice between the lesser of two evils. Lunar New Year has come and gone. Malaysia’s 14th general election, or GE14, could take place by the end...
After upending the regional order by boldly declaring his “separation” from America in favor of joining China’s “ideological flow” last year, Philippine president Rodrigo Roa Duterte has assumed the rotational chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year....
Over the past year, the relatively obscure Benham Rise, a plateau located in the Philippine Sea, has progressively become a main point of contention between Manila and Beijing. Lying at the heart of the Western Pacific, the Benham Rise is...
As the Trump Administration prepares its political cabinet members to shape the dynamics of American politics, foreign policy analysts and observers are waiting to witness the multidimensional foreign policy priorities the 45th President and his advisors will incorporate in...
Malaysia will go to its 14th General Election (GE14) on the 9th May 2018 in what caretaker prime minister Najib Razak has dubbed as “the Mother of All Elections”. This election and its subplots have certainly captured the public’s eye, rendering it...
It is often said that “failure leads to success”, and I am sure that readers would have met variations of the same phrase.  One thing that is conveniently left vague in that saying, however, is whose failure should lead...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Philippines’ role as chair in this landmark year would be significant under any circumstances, but a leadership role during such a...

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