Sunday, February 25, 2018
The beheadings of four hostages by Abu Sayyaf earlier this year appears to have, in the South East Asian region, the psychological effect of a gruesome gore clip, or more accurately that of the ostensible alien signal received by...
Aung San Suu Kyi, the embattled State Counsellor of Myanmar, recently formed a committee aimed at creating economic development in Rakhine State. The committee, known as the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine (UEHRD) was...
Brexit is likely to be one of the greatest political upheavals of our time. For the first time in history, a country, the United Kingdom, voted to leave the European Union (EU). The referendum on the 23rd of June...
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 U.S.-China rivalry in the South China Sea is ringing alarm bells in littoral Southeast Asian nations, with fears rising that Donald Trump’s administration could tilt the region’s delicate balance towards conflict. China has recently expanded its strategic footprint on...
As Singapore gears up for the ASEAN chairmanship in 2018, the wider international community watches with immense interest to see what this spells for one of the fastest growing, yet increasingly turbulent regions. It is perhaps useful to consider...
Phuket has long been renowned for its glittering nightlife – bars and nightclubs line Bangla Road in Patong, blasting The Chainsmokers’ newest hits whilst friendly Thais approach wide-eyed tourists, recommending “ping-pong shows” with a wink. However, on 13 October...
In the waning years of the Cold War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was widely regarded as the world’s most successful third-world regional bloc and a role model for greater cooperation. However, the last two decades have...
ASEAN is a unique institution with unique sets of opportunities and challenges. Its sheer ability to rally a group of nations that are socially, politically, and economically diverse should not go unmentioned in history books. However, it has consistently...
Two weeks after his inauguration, South Korean president Moon Jae-in (pic) unprecedentedly sent his special envoy to ASEAN. He also announced that his government would bring its relations with ASEAN up to the level of the four major powers...

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