The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy
Politics,Southeast Asia
By Andrea Chloe Wong - 06 Jul 2018

The Paradox of Duterte’s Foreign Policy

In contrast to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s passionate stance against Western meddling on domestic affairs, he is largely viewed as having a passive attitude towards Chinese intrusions within Philippine maritime territory.
The South China Sea: Are Pundits and Politicians Pushing the US into War?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 05 Jun 2018

The South China Sea: Are Pundits and Politicians Pushing the US into War?

Domestic Workers’ Woes Spark Tension between Philippines and Kuwait
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

By Andrea Chloe Wong - 04 Jun 2018

Domestic Workers’ Woes Spark Tension between Philippines and Kuwait

The South China Sea: How to Manage China-US Differences
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: How to Manage China-US Differences

In order to manage and bridge their differences in the South China Sea, China and the US should not be trapped in the preconceived idea that conflicts are inevitable but rather put themselves in each other’s shoes.
By Li Yang - 30 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
The South China Sea: Realpolitik Does Indeed Trump Moralpolitik
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The South China Sea: Realpolitik Does Indeed Trump Moralpolitik

In a recent posting in The Diplomat, Tuan N. Pham denies that realpolitik can triumph or has triumphed over moralpolitik and urges the US not to “back down” in the South China Sea.
A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

A Fresh Chinese Critique of the South China Sea Arbitration Decision

A team of legal experts from the Chinese Society of International Law has just published a major critique of the PCA arbitral award in the case of Philippines v. China on their South China Sea dispute in the Chinese Journal of International Law.
Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor
Politics,Southeast Asia

Mahathir’s Re-Election: People’s Rage is Main Factor

Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s election victory should be understood as being less about Mahathir and more about the Malaysian electorate’s anger with former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his government.
Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?
Politics,Southeast Asia

Will Mahathir Put a Brake on Chinese Mega Projects in Malaysia?

Hours after the Mahathir-led opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan clinched a surprising victory at the Malaysian 14th General Election, Mahathir told reporters that his new government “may renegotiate” some deals with China.
The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?
Politics,Southeast Asia

The 2018 Malaysian Elections: After the Shock, What’s Next?

Malaysia’s 92-year old Dr Mahathir Mohamad is voted back into power. He is likely to reach out to other opposition figures as well as anti-Najib factions within the former ruling party, as he pursues justice for the scandals plaguing Malaysian politics.
By Tai Wei Lim - 14 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Are China-US Relations Entering a Dangerous New Phase in the South China Sea?
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Are China-US Relations Entering a Dangerous New Phase in the South China Sea?

Most analysts agree that China and the US are locked in a seminal long-term struggle for dominance in Asia. A new and more dangerous phase in their troubled relationship may be beginning and one window on this dynamic is their behavior in the South China Sea.
Mahathir: The Strongman Returns
Politics,Southeast Asia

Mahathir: The Strongman Returns

On the morning of May 10, 2018, Malaysians woke up to the return of their long-time political strongman Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir had a decisive victory and it seemed voters in rural as well as urban areas were in favor of bringing him back.
By Tai Wei Lim - 10 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

ASEAN needs to make substantive adjustments to meet new challenges and adapt to new situations. They need to discuss and communicate with Beijing and come up with a role for ASEAN that plays to its strengths in the process.
By Hong Zhao - 09 May 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
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