Tuesday, May 22, 2018
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...
While the infamous series Game of Thrones might say that “winter is coming”, unfortunately, the truth is the other way around. Summer is coming to the Northern hemisphere of the world and it is coming at a faster rate...
I recently gave a talk at the Communications ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur. There I was, a tukang cerita (or storyteller) among techies, start-up founders and data evangelists. The message of the multiple speakers was loud and clear: Goodbye subjectivity,...
Reliable reports since the start of this year indicate the economic competition between China and the US (and its allies) for global supremacy has intensified and will, of course, be expected to escalate in the next five years. Certainly, this...
Even a loose cannon like Donald Trump cannot breathe life into an Asean meeting, which can be turgid, pompous and comatose at best. Asean, meet Donald Trump. Donald Trump, meet Asean. Who will prevail in an encounter between the Great Disruptor and...
Dr Surin Pitsuwan was born on the 28th of October 1949 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Southern Thailand. He grew up as a Muslim in an integrated Thai family of Malay descent, in a Buddhist-majority country. He excelled in his...
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...
For many, the Philippine president’s controversial war on drugs pales in significance to medical services, better roads and safer streets. For the past 45 years, Manuel S. Abad and his family have rented the same house in La Loma, a...
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...
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...
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