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Volunteers on the Malaysian aid ship Nautical Aliya wave the Malaysian flag as they provide relief for Rohinya refugees in chittagong, Bangladesh. Photo: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Is ASEAN a newfound voice for the Rohingya?

29 March 2017

The democratisation of Myanmar, culminating in the National League for Democracy’s assumption of power in early 2016, was meant to mark a step forward for the Rohingya. The hopes of the international...

Australia's HMAS Perth

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...

Japanese March Singapore City

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...

A Young Rohingya Refugee

Assessing Indonesia's new decree on refugees

9 February 2017

On 31 December last year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo quietly issued a decree on the handling of refugees, breaking a long held silence on the issue. The pronouncement outlines how relevant...

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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...

Indonesian military Chief Gatot Nurmantyo talks to reporters in Jakarta

Glitch underlines the priority of Indonesia-Australia cooperation

6 January 2017

While there is no cause for the Australian army to censor critical discussion of the darker realities of our defence partners’ histories or contemporary affairs, if experienced Australian soldiers...

Malaysia PM Najib Razak

Najib fights to retain control after 1MDB scandal

31 December 2016

Najib quickly shut down Malaysian investigations into 1MDB in 2015. Yet external agencies and media sources have since tracked what they believe is an international chain of transactions enabling...

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