What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia
By Somanith Samath Chan - 23 Jul 2019

What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?

Being caught at the crossroad of great powers’ competition for sphere of influences, ASEAN has become a center of geo-political and geo-economic gravity of battleground. What is ASEAN’s outlook in the rising volatility and dynamism of the Indo-Pacific region?
The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 15 Jul 2019

The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around

Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 12 Jun 2019

Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea

US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical

Three US Senators have reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act. Its purpose is to “impose sanctions against Chinese entities that participate in Beijing’s attempts to assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions.”
Indonesian Election: Jokowi Victory, but Risk of Civil Unrest Looms
Politics,Southeast Asia

Indonesian Election: Jokowi Victory, but Risk of Civil Unrest Looms

Indonesia’s presidential election result announcement on May 21, 2019 marks the end of a relatively peaceful campaign season but the beginning of a post-election period with the risk of unrest.
Western Pressure and Cambodian Politics
Politics,Southeast Asia

Western Pressure and Cambodian Politics

In response to the dissolution of the main opposition and the perceived deterioration of human rights and democracy in Cambodia, the United States and European Union have taken measures in an attempt to reverse Cambodia’s democratic backsliding.
How Does the Philippines Balance itself between US and China?
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

How Does the Philippines Balance itself between US and China?

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. visited China between March 18-21, 2019. Shortly after the visit, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated that the country has never shelved the South China Sea arbitration award.
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What’s Behind the Philippines’ Scientific Expedition to the Spratlys?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

What’s Behind the Philippines’ Scientific Expedition to the Spratlys?

The Philippines is undertaking a government-sponsored marine scientific expedition to the Spratlys area. While billed as an advance in scientific knowledge, it may be perceived to be a soft assertion of sovereignty.
Parsing the Present Philippines-China Contretemps
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Parsing the Present Philippines-China Contretemps

According to the Philippines, the presence of about 275 Chinese vessels near Thitu between January and March 2019 violated its “sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction”. It filed a diplomatic protest to this effect.
Malaysian PM Mahathir’s Visit to Pakistan
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Malaysian PM Mahathir’s Visit to Pakistan

Pakistan has been trying to draw foreign direct investment, and one of the important developments during Mahathir’s visit was the ground breaking ceremony for Malaysian car maker Proton’s assembly plant near Karachi in Sindh Province.
Complaint of China’s “Crimes Against Humanity” Likely to Fail
Environment,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Complaint of China’s “Crimes Against Humanity” Likely to Fail

Two former Philippines officials filed a complaint with the ICC against China for “crimes against humanity”, alleging that President Xi Jinping, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the Chinese Ambassador perpetrated environmental damage in the South China Sea.
Hun Sen’s Legitimacy Dilemma
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Hun Sen’s Legitimacy Dilemma

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing significant challenges to his legitimacy. He appears to be in a dilemma over how to deal with measures taken by the European Union to suspend the Kingdom’s preferential access to the EU Single Market.
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