Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a great graphic novel. In it, an imaginary cartoonist draws his homeland Singapore – a tiny island city-state defined by multiple languages, rampant economic success and repressive politics. As if to prove life imitates...
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....
The winds of change have been sweeping through the country in the past fortnight at breathtaking speed. First, the incredible election results that very few predicted correctly. Then the post-election drama until Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed was sworn in for a...
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...
Timor-Leste first began the process of ASEAN Ascension in 2002 when its leaders made the strategic decision to stake their nation’s future on closer integration with ASEAN. The nation became an observer of ASEAN that year and in 2011...
Last year, the territorial disputes in the South China Sea took the centre stage in the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. The recent ruling by the international tribunal at The Hague grabbed headlines across the globe and brought to attention...
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...
Two weeks after his inauguration, South Korean president Moon Jae-in (pic) unprecedentedly sent his special envoy to ASEAN. He also announced that his government would bring its relations with ASEAN up to the level of the four major powers...
ASEAN is a unique institution with unique sets of opportunities and challenges. Its sheer ability to rally a group of nations that are socially, politically, and economically diverse should not go unmentioned in history books. However, it has consistently...
After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia. "y almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started," declared US president Barack Hussein Obama...

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