Sunday, February 25, 2018
After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia. "y almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started," declared US president Barack Hussein Obama...
2017 is a year of celebrations for both the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU). It is the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, born in 1967, as well as the 60th anniversary of the creation...
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...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The Philippines’ role as chair in this landmark year would be significant under any circumstances, but a leadership role during such a...
After upending the regional order by boldly declaring his “separation” from America in favor of joining China’s “ideological flow” last year, Philippine president Rodrigo Roa Duterte has assumed the rotational chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year....
It is often said that “failure leads to success”, and I am sure that readers would have met variations of the same phrase.  One thing that is conveniently left vague in that saying, however, is whose failure should lead...
Malaysia’s post-independence relationship with Singapore has been volatile at most times. Bilateral relations have experienced a roller coaster ride after a painful separation in 1965 due to political differences in managing communalism. This relationship was especially cold during Dr...
Last year, the territorial disputes in the South China Sea took the centre stage in the geopolitics of Southeast Asia. The recent ruling by the international tribunal at The Hague grabbed headlines across the globe and brought to attention...
Timor-Leste first began the process of ASEAN Ascension in 2002 when its leaders made the strategic decision to stake their nation’s future on closer integration with ASEAN. The nation became an observer of ASEAN that year and in 2011...
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...

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