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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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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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Indonesia 1965: the attempted coup and the rise of Suharto

2 May 2017

Early on the morning of 1 October 1965, seven detachments of troops drove through the quiet streets of Jakarta, bound for the homes of the most senior generals of the Indonesian army. On arrival, the...

Source: ASPI

Race, faith and Ahok’s defeat

27 April 2017

After one of the most tumultuous campaigns in Indonesian history, the incumbent governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) was soundly defeated by former Education Minister and academic,...

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Is 'Manis' the sweet deal that brings Australia & Indonesia together?

7 March 2017

Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia featured prominently 75 years ago for Australia when our troops deployed and fought there in the Pacific War. We do well to commemorate their efforts and the losses...

Dr Jayson Lamchek

APCD alumnus awarded Post-Doctoral Fellowship with NUS Faculty of Law

21 February 2017

APCD alumnus, Dr Jayson Lamchek, will join the National University of Singapore as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Law for the 2017 - 2018 Academic Year. The Post-Doctoral Fellowship will...

Supporters of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama cheers their candidate

Joko Widodo's stake in Jakarta's gubernatorial race

16 February 2017

The result of Wednesday’s gubernatorial election could well be as consequential. The five-yearly fight for the Jakarta governorship is setting itself up as the battlefield for proxies of...

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The fall of Singapore: the land campaign

15 February 2017

In December 1941 the Japanese established complete air and naval dominance in the region, sinking the British capital ships the Prince of Wales and the Repulse on 8 December and capturing all British...

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Trump and strategic change in Asia

23 January 2017

As Donald Trump’s administration comes to power in Washington, the postwar security policy of the US is undergoing a monumental transition. The new president’s campaign rhetoric strongly intimated...

Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has compared Beijing's actions in the South China Sea to Russia's annexation of Crimea.

With Donald Trump in the White House, what now for the Asia-Pacific?

23 January 2017

Will Trump slap tariffs on Chinese imports, sparking a trade war between the world’s two largest economies? Will he forge a new great power alignment with Moscow, leaving Beijing out in the...

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