A New Model of US-Vietnam Relations: In Search of “Balance” of Gains
Politics,Southeast Asia
By Huong Le Thu - 15 Jun 2017

A New Model of US-Vietnam Relations: In Search of “Balance” of Gains

During Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Washington from May 29-31, 2017, US President Donald Trump stated that he was glad to see more “balanced” trade relations with Vietnam.
South China Sea Code of Conduct: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
Security,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 01 Jun 2017

South China Sea Code of Conduct: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

The China Factor in Malaysian Politics
China,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 24 Jan 2017

The China Factor in Malaysian Politics

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.
Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia

The results of applying the model of the nation-state in Asia have not been encouraging. There are recurring problems of ethnic conflict, religious polarization, and separatism, which erupt now and then in violence.
Human-Scale Economics: Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Northeastern Thailand
Society,Southeast Asia

Human-Scale Economics: Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Northeastern Thailand

In Surin and in other examples around the world, small-scale and low-tech production appears to have created the conditions under which the poor can reduce the poverty that has plagued them for decades.
Chinese Investments Springing Up in Malaysia
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Chinese Investments Springing Up in Malaysia

China has been the largest trading partner of Malaysia for six consecutive years since 2009. The trading amount increased from just USD 12 billion in 2000 to almost USD 108 billion in 2014.
Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China
Politics,Southeast Asia

Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China

On April 7, 2016, Vietnam’s leadership transition was completed when the National Assembly elected Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the new Prime Minister, replacing Nguyen Tan Dung.  
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