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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...

Indonesian democracy: from stagnation to regression?

14 November 2018

BY EVE WARBURTON AND EDWARD ASPINALL For much of the past decade, observers have praised Indonesian democracy. Elections have been competitive, the country boasts a vibrant civil society, and the...

Migrant workers on a Thai fishing boat

Government sincerity on migrant rights faces fishing pact test

3 September 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNIPIPAT It has been one year since Thailand’s last debacle on migrant worker policy. Yet, Thailand finds itself once again at the crossroads where domestic constituents are...

Trilateral cooperation between Australia, India and Indonesia is needed to manage enduring maritime challenges in the Indian Ocean.

Time for an Indo-Australis?

3 July 2018

BY NATALIE SAMBHI Over the past year, there’s been a flurry of regional leaders offering their vision of the Indo-Pacific, the geostrategic concept spanning two oceans that is slowly replacing the...

Next Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell

As a new defence chief comes in, Australia must focus its attention on its neighbours

26 April 2018

BY PROFESSOR JOHN BLAXLAND On Anzac Day, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull commemorated the centenary of the battle at Villers-Brettoneux, where Australian soldiers defended against the German spring...

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Tenets of Thailand’s ASEAN engagement

28 March 2018

BY DR GREG RAYMOND AND PROFESSOR JOHN BLAXLAND ASEAN member states have different perspectives on the significance of the grouping. As one of the founder member states, the second largest economy...

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Who Cares If Duterte Skips the ASEAN-Australia Summit?

20 March 2018

BY MARK MANANTAN Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to skip the ASEAN-Australia commemorative summit did not come as a surprise. Despite the warm gesture extended by Australian Prime...

Unlikely allies: longstanding opposition figure Wan Azizah (left) with former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (second from right) after Malaysia’’s opposition named Mahathir as its candidate for prime minister. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Mahathir Mohamad crops up again in bid to lead Malaysia – with Anwar on the same side

12 January 2018

BY DR AMRITA MALHI On January 8, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his intention to contest the next general election, due sometime before August this year. In an...

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Nov. 12 © AP

Vietnam manages delicate balance between US and China

16 November 2017

Donald Trump last week became the first U.S. president since the Vietnam War to have visited Vietnam during his first year of office, spending three days in the country during his inaugural Asian...

Even under Trump, US-Vietnam relations seem to be improving

15 November 2017

Given how closely Barack Obama was associated with the deepening of US-Vietnam ties, the change of administrations in the United States inevitably raised questions about the relationship’s...

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