Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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...
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....
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...
Malaysia’s post-independence relationship with Singapore has been volatile at most times. Bilateral relations have experienced a roller coaster ride after a painful separation in 1965 due to political differences in managing communalism. This relationship was especially cold during Dr...
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...
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...
The beheadings of four hostages by Abu Sayyaf earlier this year appears to have, in the Southeast Asian region, the psychological effect of a gruesome gore clip, or more accurately that of the ostensible alien signal received by SETI...
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...
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....
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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