Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand
Security,Southeast Asia
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 02 Sep 2016

Mother’s Day Bombings and the Insurgency in Southern Thailand

The Mother’s Day bombings were followed with a double bombing in the southern provincial capital city of Pattani. The Thai military government soon turned its attention to the Malay Muslim insurgents of southern Thailand, in particular the military wing of the Patani Malay National Revolutionary Front.
The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation
Security,China,Southeast Asia

By Huong Le Thu - 25 Aug 2016

The Mekong: An Arena of Security Contestation

The South China Sea Ruling: Akin to Opening Pandora’s Box
Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

By Shicun Wu - 15 Jul 2016

The South China Sea Ruling: Akin to Opening Pandora’s Box

The South China Sea: China Won’t Accept Cursory Judgement of its Inherent Rights
Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: China Won’t Accept Cursory Judgement of its Inherent Rights

The arbitration proceedings that the Philippines initiated against China more than three years ago regarding issues in the South China Sea should soon reach its end, and the arbitral tribunal is expected to rule shortly.
By Shicun Wu - 20 Jun 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Vietnam: New Leadership and the Pressure for Economic Reforms
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Vietnam: New Leadership and the Pressure for Economic Reforms

Economic policies beg for a major update from the implementation of the Doi Moi reforms in 1986. To ensure full integration into the global economy, including fulfilling expectations of the TPP, Vietnam need to do some serious adjustments.
By Huong Le Thu - 25 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Australia Finds its Home in Southeast Asia: 2016 Defense White Paper
Security,Southeast Asia

Australia Finds its Home in Southeast Asia: 2016 Defense White Paper

The strategic heart of Australia’s 2016 Defense White Paper is a focus on “a secure nearer region, encompassing maritime South East Asia and the South Pacific.”
By Andrew Carr - 07 Mar 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The China Factor in Malaysian Politics
China,Southeast Asia

The China Factor in Malaysian Politics

A spat between former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor has drawn China into a political dispute in Malaysia. The spat concerns Forest City, a real estate project constructed jointly by a Chinese developer and a local developer with a stake held by the Sultan.
Vietnam: A Member State that Could Safeguard ASEAN’s Fragile Unity?
Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Vietnam: A Member State that Could Safeguard ASEAN’s Fragile Unity?

The current regional political constellation — in particular the trend of concentrating on domestic politics at the expense of regional matters — partially explains the weakening commitment to ASEAN across Southeast Asia. This contributes to an expectation for countries with strong regional agendas, like Vietnam, to step up.
By Huong Le Thu - 10 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea

In his address to the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter outlined the US concept of a principled security network in the Asia-Pacific. The US sees China’s activities, especially in the South China Sea, as leading it towards raising a “Great Wall of self-isolation.”
Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building

It was in Hanoi that the US President Barack Obama announced a full annulment of the US arms embargo on Vietnam — a decision hailed as a symbolic milestone in the closure to the painful wartime past.  
By Huong Le Thu - 27 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations

A key event in Sino-Philippine relations that Duterte will inherit from the outgoing Aquino administration is the upcoming verdict in the arbitration case on the Sino-Philippine maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
Duterte and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Duterte and the South China Sea

Rodrigo Duterte won the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines with a convincing victory. Duterte’s Trump-like rhetoric has caused considerable anxiety among the country’s ASEAN neighbors with regards to the South China Sea impasse.
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