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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...

Image: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters

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...

 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...

Image: Kaung Zaw Hein/AFP/Getty Images

Two Journalists are Free. But Democracy in Myanmar is Deteriorating

11 May 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON On Tuesday, two Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters journalists, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, finally emerged from prison after 511 days behind bars. The announcement by Myanmar’s...

It’s Time for a New Philippine Strategy Toward China

10 April 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alum In his most provocative statement yet, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged China to stay away from a Philippine-controlled island in the South China Sea: “I am asking...

Image: Steve Tickner/Frontier

The Hate Speech Threat to the 2020 Election

6 April 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON MYANMAR’s 2020 general election is still more than eighteen months away, but key stakeholders are beginning to position themselves for it. As well as the election race, which...

25th ASEAN Regional Forum Retreat in August 2018. Singapore (Photo: US Department of State/Flickr)

ASEAN Regional Forum: less might be more

29 March 2019

BY ANTHONY MILNER & RON HUISKEN The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – with its unwieldy number of member states (27) and preoccupation with dialogue (a “talk shop”) – has been declared a failure time...

Australian Now ASEAN

Australia's ambitious diplomacy program: Prospects, opportunities for Philippines

29 March 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alum Last week, Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Maris Payne unveiled the flagship public diplomacy program of Australia for 2019 called Australia Now ASEAN. With the...

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What the Huawei espionage controversy means to the Philippines

25 March 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alumnus. From the contested South China Sea to the bustling streets of Makati and Bonifacio Global City, Chinese influence in the Philippines has now become very evident. Not only...

Cambodian migrant workers at a construction site in Bangkok. Thailand is a major migrant worker destination country in Asean. Reuters

Thailand should lead ASEAN with a migrant worker agenda

27 November 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNPIPAT Thailand will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019 after the ASEAN Summit in Singapore this month. This is in keeping with Thailand’s hopes to regain its place of regional...

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