Friday, December 4, 2020
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...
My international relations students asked last week: Why is China so sensitive and aggressively assertive in the South China Sea claiming almost all of it as its territory including what is supposedly international waters where some $5 trillion of...
Even a loose cannon like Donald Trump cannot breathe life into an Asean meeting, which can be turgid, pompous and comatose at best. Asean, meet Donald Trump. Donald Trump, meet Asean. Who will prevail in an encounter between the Great Disruptor and...
This week’s summit in New Delhi brings together an age-old coalition that goes back to the Tamil Chulia Indian diaspora in Malaysia, and could serve to keep economic and geopolitical parity in Asia. As China continues its inexorable rise, global...
In the waning years of the Cold War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was widely regarded as the world’s most successful third-world regional bloc and a role model for greater cooperation. However, the last two decades have...
This year marks a significant time for ASEAN in celebrating its 50th anniversary. There are many agendas to look forward in the region and it could not be any more curious given the global happenings such as Trump’s presidency....
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...
In the absence of the United States, China is now flexing their muscles to show what they are capable of in Southeast Asia. Can ASEAN afford to trust them? Not by any stretch of the imagination, based on the Philippine-wide...
On 30 June 2016, when Rodrigo Duterte took office as president of the Philippines after having been elected on an anti-drugs platform, few could imagine that the power balance in Southeast Asia was going to undergo such an unforeseen...

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