Tuesday, May 22, 2018
President Donald Trump’s executive order withdrawing the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has sent tremors across the world, albeit it being expected. This was Trump’s first step in solidifying his devotion to a self-proclaimed, ‘America First’ policy. In...
As the Trump Administration prepares its political cabinet members to shape the dynamics of American politics, foreign policy analysts and observers are waiting to witness the multidimensional foreign policy priorities the 45th President and his advisors will incorporate in...
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a great graphic novel. In it, an imaginary cartoonist draws his homeland Singapore – a tiny island city-state defined by multiple languages, rampant economic success and repressive politics. As if to prove life imitates...
With a steady and undeniable increase in the frequency of missile-testing by the North Korean regime, 2017 has been ballistic in more than one sense of the word. More problematic than its quantity, the quality (i.e. success rates) of...
A Thai monk reflects on separatist violence in the country’s restive south. Before he was Phra Visuddho, he was Pisut Aungsupalee. In Thai “Pisut” means “purity”. When his master, Phra Upaseno ordained him as a monk, he took the Pali...
Myanmar’s biggest city presents Phyo Min Thein with transport woes, entrenched opposition and a restive population. Yangon dominates Myanmar. Whilst Naypyidaw, 320km to the north, has been the capital for the past 11 years, this vibrant port city with its...
Sceptics look to China’s imperial past as a warning about a possible new hegemon in the region. Is China, under President Xi Jinping, Southeast Asia’s new hegemon? Pundits like to compare President Xi to an emperor. Such talk has increased after...
First ever Australia-Asean summit reaffirmed Canberra's role as an independent regional power-broker. Shared fears over regional geopolitical uncertainties has driven Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) into each other’s embrace. As middle powers, both sides are deeply...
Especially among the young, Malaysia’s 14th general election is increasingly being seen as a choice between the lesser of two evils. Lunar New Year has come and gone. Malaysia’s 14th general election, or GE14, could take place by the end...
This is the second piece in a two-part special series on US President Donald Trump’s trip to Asia. You can read more on the first piece on "Trump in Asia: Making America Great in Asia?" here. US President Donald Trump’s marathon...
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