Tuesday, April 23, 2019
As Singapore gears up for the ASEAN chairmanship in 2018, the wider international community watches with immense interest to see what this spells for one of the fastest growing, yet increasingly turbulent regions. It is perhaps useful to consider...
Political researchers commonly recognise “Pax Britannica” as the defining label for the 19th century and the “American Century” for the 20th; most recently, the term “Chinese Century” has emerged to describe the 21stcentury. China’s impressive economic ascent has invariably brought...
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...
I recently gave a talk at the Communications ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur. There I was, a tukang cerita (or storyteller) among techies, start-up founders and data evangelists. The message of the multiple speakers was loud and clear: Goodbye subjectivity,...
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...
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...
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...
Philippine leader's quip sets off a firestorm over his soft approach to Beijing's militarization of the South China Sea. “If you want, just make us a province, like Fujian,” quipped Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte before an audience of Filipino-Chinese businessmen...
Ten golden stalks of paddy rice, woven together so tightly in abundant friendship and solidarity that it seemed as if those who set their eyes on it would never go hungry for want of company. Indeed, in its 50...
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...

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