On June 5, 2017, Qatar suddenly suffered diplomatic isolation and economic blockade for its alleged support of terrorism. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE, Egypt, Yemen, Mauritius, Mauritania, the Maldives, and the eastern government of Libya, have cut ties with Qatar.
With nuclear tension escalating in the Korean Peninsula, it is anticipated that South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in will foster warmer ties with North Korea. There is possibility of peace and stability if Moon is able to translate his intentions into reality.
During the recent visit of US National Security Advisor Herbert McMaster to South Asia, he had stated that “the best way to pursue Pakistan’s interests in Afghanistan and elsewhere is through the use of diplomacy, and not through the use of proxies that engage in violence.”
In 1986, Vietnam instituted economic reforms known as Doi Moi. In 1995, former US President Bill Clinton normalized relations with Vietnam. With US support, Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization.
Judging from Trump’s focus on making deals and building up US military forces to facilitate negotiations, he espouses a realist view of the world. He is not an idealist. He puts little stock in promoting lofty principles.
It appears that Trump has paused criticism and actions against China in exchange for its assistance in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear program. This transactional approach means that his foreign policy is negotiable and not based on principles.
On May 9, 2017, South Koreans overwhelmingly selected Moon Jae-in as their next leader. What are the implications for the Korean Peninsula crisis and the region? Of greater concern to voters were their perceptions of the need to regulate the private sector conglomerates.
Although India and Turkey have enjoyed civilizational and geo-cultural relations since recorded history, the relations between both countries have been paralyzed due to the Pakistan factor in the post-colonial era.
The most important area in which ASEAN can contribute is to bring about the ASEAN Community with cultures and historical backgrounds different from those of the European Union. The new global conditions present Southeast Asia with opportunities and challenges.