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Asian pawns lose out in power play between the US and China

4 May 2017

China is winning the battle over the South China Sea, the resource-rich stretch of contested water where the country’s been building artificial islands equipped with military-length airstrips...

Relief for Rohingyas in Chittagong. Photo: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hussain

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...

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Out of order

20 March 2017

What does Australia want from ASEAN? Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop gave a clear answer in her speech in Manila on 16 March. In a memorable phrase, Ms Bishop called for ASEAN to use its ‘...

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Tackling human trafficking in ASEAN

2 March 2017

On 6 February, the Philippines became the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to ratify the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and...

Rohingya refugee. Photo: Steve Gumaer on Flickr

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...

Malaysia Update Conference 2016: Najib’s Malaysia — A Crisis of Confidence?

22 August 2016

The past year in Malaysia has been as tumultuous as any in sixty years of independence. At its epicentre has been the sovereign wealth fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), with debts of around...

Chief of Army Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove takes part in a small commemorative ceremony at Long Tan during his official return to Vietnam. Photo: Simon Schluter

Understanding what went wrong at long Tan

19 August 2016

The 50th anniversary of the battle of Long Tan was supposed to be a truly memorable event with thousands of Australians making the pilgrimage to the old Australian battle grounds to commemorate. What...

ASEAN's South China Sea ulcer

26 July 2016

The just concluded meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers in Vientiane, Lao PDR, looked like it was going to be a high profile failure. The fear was that the meeting would repeat the 2012 experience of...

Thailand must end trafficking of all migrant workers

29 June 2016

On 6 June Thailand’s Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha gave a 35-minute speech commemorating the annual Stop Human Trafficking Day in Bangkok. He was also shown on state media donating 3,000...

Digital Frontiers in the Asia-Pacific

3 February 2016

From farmers who use Facebook in Myanmar to fighting Islamic militants with memes, digital spaces and technologies are transforming media, politics and society in Asia and the Pacific.They are also...

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