Questioning the Objectivity of a Venerable Washington Think Tank
Security,Southeast Asia
By Mark J. Valencia - 24 Aug 2017

Questioning the Objectivity of a Venerable Washington Think Tank

The Center for Security and International Studies is one of America’s most respected think tanks focused on defense and security. A recent article in The Rushford Report implies sub rosa bias in the organization of CSIS’s South China Sea conferences.  
India-ASEAN at 25: What’s Next?
South Asia,Southeast Asia

By Sovinda Po - 16 Aug 2017

India-ASEAN at 25: What’s Next?

The 2017 ASEAN Gathering of Ministers in Manila
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 15 Aug 2017

The 2017 ASEAN Gathering of Ministers in Manila

Is America Losing the Soft Power Contest in Southeast Asia?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Is America Losing the Soft Power Contest in Southeast Asia?

For 70 years the United States has dominated Southeast Asia with both hard and soft power. While its hard power is still dominant and may even grow, its soft power seems to have declined. This decrease is both absolute and relative to that of China.
Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities for Cambodia’s Development?
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

Belt and Road Initiative: Opportunities for Cambodia’s Development?

Cambodia was one of the first countries to take a strong stance supporting the BRI and the Chinese-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) after their establishment in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
By Veasna Var - 02 Aug 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The ASEAN Security Summits and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The ASEAN Security Summits and the South China Sea

From August 2-8, 2017, ASEAN leaders and their dialogue partners, including rivals China and the United States, will have a series of key security meetings in the Philippines. Casting a shadow upon these meetings will be recent developments regarding the South China Sea.
The Marawi Crisis and its Implications for the Philippines and Beyond
Security,Southeast Asia

The Marawi Crisis and its Implications for the Philippines and Beyond

The Philippine city of Marawi was overrun by IS-linked insurgents in May 2017. The persistence of the insurgency has dragged out the battle with government forces. As of July 25, at least 453 militants, 109 government troops, and 45 civilians had been killed in the fighting.
Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Hard Choices for a Small State
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Hard Choices for a Small State

As a small state, Singapore’s foreign policy is largely premised on a realist approach to international relations. At the same time, the question as to whether realism can be harmonized with a principled approach to the practice of diplomacy is worth pondering.
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Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea

Joseph Bosco’s critique of China’s actions in the South China Sea, the Obama administration’s response and other issues raises the fundamental questions of the purpose and necessity of Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea.  
 The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy

Cambodia has recently become much closer to China in almost every respect, leading some scholars to label Cambodia-China relations as a client-patron relationship. Meanwhile, Cambodia’s bilateral relations with the US have been getting worse.
Cambodia’s Growing Defense Ties with China: What about the US?
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Growing Defense Ties with China: What about the US?

Currently, Cambodia’s foreign policy faces significant challenges amid great power rivalry for regional influence. The high-level official defense visits between China and Cambodia highlight the strong cooperation which is widely seen to be at the expense of the US.  
By Veasna Var - 17 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity

US FONOPs in the South China Sea are controversial. Their targeting of China’s “excessive” claims there, their resumption under President Donald Trump, and China’s increasingly strident objections raise questions regarding their intent, effectiveness and necessity.
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