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The US Navy and Southeast Asian Nations Held Joint Maneuvers for the First Time. What Are the Key Takeaways?

13 September 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON The US Navy participated in joint exercises with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week, following months of tensions in the region. The...

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The US-China Cold War is a Myth

7 September 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON This week, the U.S. Navy conducted drills with ships from Southeast Asian countries in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea—an apparent sign of Washington’s renewed...

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Macron's Risky Quest for Equilibrium via Rapprochement

2 September 2019

BY EGLANTINE STAUNTON Every year, the “Conference of the Ambassadors” is a central moment in France’s foreign policy, as the French president reflects on the country’s achievements and outlines its...

Japan and South Korea’s diplomatic dispute doesn’t need US mediation

13 August 2019

BY LAUREN RICHARDSON Already at its lowest ebb in decades, the Japan–South Korea relationship looks set to plummet further still. Leading this diplomatic descent are the perennial “history problems...

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Fixing ASEAN’s Partnership with Civil Society

20 July 2019

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNPIPAT In June 2019, Thailand wrapped up the 34th ASEAN Summit. In its role as ASEAN Chair this year, Thailand pushed for an ASEAN that increases partnership with and between the...

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Destiny's Child

19 July 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON On July 20, 1989, Myanmar’s ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council detained Aung San Suu Kyi under the State Protection Act, the start of her first period under house...

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Australia’s one step forward, two steps back in the Pacific

21 June 2019

BY JOANNE WALLIS In 2016, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull expressed Australia’s commitment to a ‘step-change’ in its engagement with the Pacific Islands. The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper...

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Security in 'Society 5.0'

5 June 2019

BY CHRISTOPHER HOBSON and TOBIAS BURGERS As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s time in power has continued, the policy initiatives for addressing Japan’s major structural challenges have proliferated. Most...

 Local officials of Lanao del Sur province visits the Ground Zero (also known as the Main Battle Area) in Marawi for the first time since the end of the Battle of Marawi.

Japan’s Peacebuilding Prowess: The Case of Marawi City

1 June 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alum The Reiwa era ushers in an opportunity for Japan to reflect and refashion its position in regional and international politics — including sensitive areas such as peacebuilding...

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Populism and the Australian election: what could fringe voters deliver to our parliament?

13 May 2019

BY PAUL KENNY With populists in control of the world’s most populous democracies, not least the United States, a question on the mind of many is what effect populism might have on this month’s...

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