Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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 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....
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...
With a steady and undeniable increase in the frequency of missile-testing by the North Korean regime, 2017 has been ballistic in more than one sense of the word. More problematic than its quantity, the quality (i.e. success rates) of...
In a remarkable reflection of burgeoning strategic relations between former foes, America deployed an aircraft carrier group to Vietnam for the first time in more than four decades. The USS Carl Vinson, a 103,000-ton aircraft carrier, along with two other...
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...
To save the principle of ASEAN centrality, the regional body should transcend its consensus-based decision-making and embrace minilateral arrangements on divisive issues. The regional body is increasingly suffering from a ‘middle institutional trap’. The type of decision-making arrangements that enabled...
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...
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...
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...

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