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Tenets of Thailand’s ASEAN engagement

28 March 2018

ASEAN member states have different perspectives on the significance of the grouping. As one of the founder member states, the second largest economy and a leading state within ASEAN, Thailand’s view...

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Who Cares If Duterte Skips the ASEAN-Australia Summit?

20 March 2018

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 Minister Malcolm...

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

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 unprecedented political...

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...

ASEAN and Australia beyond 50

25 August 2017

ASEAN has achieved much in its 50 years, but it is currently perceived as underperforming and facing difficult challenges ahead. Australia, as ASEAN’s longest-standing partner, should support its...

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Do the lessons of Thucydides apply to Singapore?

16 August 2017

Recently the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Kishore Mahbubani, dropped a bombshell. He declared that Qatar’s experience of being embargoed by its neighbouring states...

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Simplistic views of Indonesian Islam are limiting Australian diplomacy

25 July 2017

A recent survey asked Australians to select words that best represent Indonesia. By far the most popular word was ‘religious’ (68 per cent), which subsequent focus group discussions revealed mainly...

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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