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Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun salutes as he leaves the monument of King Rama I after signing a new constitution in Bangkok, Thailand April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/Files

Thailand’s constitutional dispossession

7 June 2017

On 6 April 2017, Thailand’s 20th constitution came into force, replacing a temporary constitution that was handed down in the wake of the country’s most recent coup almost three years earlier. The...

Source: AP

A professor detained for his thoughts

7 June 2017

Article originally written by Yukti Mukdawijitra. Note: On 29 April, a university professor was arrested as part of a sweep of six individuals accused of committing lèse majesté by posting to...

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Querying Martial Law in Mindanao

1 June 2017

Even by Philippine standards, the past week has been a tumultuous one. Militants linked to Islamic State fought security forces in the Islamic City of Marawi, President Duterte cut short a state...

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Shangri-La Dialogue should address Asia's new strategic order

1 June 2017

Each year, the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore provides a platform for Washington to affirm America’s strategic commitment to Asia, promote its policies to strengthen United States regional...

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reviews Japanese troops with Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada in Tokyo, 4 Feb, 2017. (Photo:US Dept of Defense)

China v US: Who needs allies?

31 May 2017

People often argue that America’s alliances in Asia are a decisive advantage in its contest with China for regional strategic primacy. China’s only ally, they say, is North Korea, while America has...

Source: Flickr user European People's Party

Angela Merkel declares independence, sort of

31 May 2017

German Chancellor Angela Merkel might have just told the Frankfurt beer hall crowd earlier this week that ‘The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out’. But she didn...

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Ebola 2.0?

16 May 2017

Ebola is back, but that doesn’t mean that the world should panic. A little more than a year ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the West African Ebola outbreak, which killed more...

Asean leaders link arms at the opening ceremony of the association's 30th gathering in Manila. Photo: Reuters

Asean’s response to Chinese militarisation in the South China Sea? Keep quiet and carry on

5 May 2017

As far as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is concerned, the islands in the South China Sea are rising but the sea is sinking. The outcome of the 30th Asean Summit last week in Manila...

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China's brazen diplomatic stunt

4 May 2017

Shouting down a host country’s Indigenous welcome to country ceremony is diplomacy gone mad. While this may not be the most detailed analytical description of what transpired in Perth on 1 May...

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Has ASEAN given up on tackling the South China Sea issue?

4 May 2017

The outcome of the 30th ASEAN Summit on 29 April in Manila suggests that the Southeast Asian region has moved on from the disputes over South China Sea, despite the fact that no other issue more...

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