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Vietnam is a Promising Partner for the Trump Administration

13 July 2017

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was the first Southeast Asian head of state — and the third from Asia (after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping) — to meet...

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...

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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...

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...

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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...

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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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