Friday, September 25, 2020
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...
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...
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...
Emil, the 33-year-old regent of Trenggalek, is running for a deputy governor post in East Java after making his way up the ranks off the beaten path of Jakarta. The Malaysian polls aren’t the only electoral “game” in Southeast Asia....
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...
ASEAN has put together an ambitious sustainable development agenda with its 2025 community vision. It has also played an important role in shaping the United Nations 2020 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. If the 17 SDGs, especially SDG2 on...
The group of Southeast Asian nations has managed to stay engaged with the Hermit Kingdom, Richard Javad Heydarian reports from Pyongyang. Weeks ahead of the much-anticipated summit between North Korean leader Kim Jung-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, there...
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...
Proposed joint development agreement for contested area's oil and gas underscores diplomatic warming trend but faces legal hurdles and political risks. China and the Philippines are now considering a series of resource-sharing agreements in the South China Sea, the latest...
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....

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