Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s Potential Role in Reducing Tensions Between Russia and the West

During his address at the Shangri La Summit held at Singapore, last month, Indonesian Defence Minister Lieutenant General Prabowo Subianto clearly underscored the fact...

The Indonesia Haze and ASEAN’s Regional Framework: The Way Ahead

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) find themselves in the throes of an environmental emergency caused by the Indonesian Haze and...

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Shows His Weakness With Post-election Repression

Many observers have been surprised by the new wave of political repression which has taken place in Cambodia since the communal elections of June 5.   Prime Minister...

Sanctions Might Not Bring the Political Change the West Wants in Cambodia

Cambodia’s economic growth remains under threat, as the European Union (EU) begins the process of removing the country from the Everything-But-Arms (EBA) scheme, and...

Indonesian Presidential Election: Jokowi 2.0

Indonesia, the biggest country of the Southeast Asian region, and world’s third largest democracy which houses the highest number of Muslims in the world,...

With Junta Leader Victorious as PM, Thailand’s “Democracy” Is Just a Facade

Thailand's Parliament recently selected its next Prime Minister, but there was never any real doubt about who would emerge the winner: 2014 coup leader...

Thailand’s Military Junta Comes Gunning for Rising Political Star

While the results of Thailand’s March 24 elections are somewhat undetermined, the advent of a new progressive pro-democracy voice has ruffled the feathers of...

China Leans Towards Reforming WTO’s National Security Exception

On Monday, May 13, China submitted its “Proposal on WTO Reform”, a synopsis of the Chinese government’s latest thoughts on how the World Trade...

Cambodia Entrapped by China’s New Silk Road Dominance

China's ambitions for world domination under the presidency of Xi Jinping are well known. In 2013 Xi Jinping, who aims at permanent power, unveiled his...

Amidst Uncertainty, Two Key Takeaways from the Thai Elections

On March 24, Thais went to the polls for the first time in eight years. Most Thais approached the election with a mix of...

Protecting Kem Sokha and Democracy in Cambodia

Under the leadership of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the only opposition party in parliament, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arbitrarily dissolved...

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The Tenth NPT Review Conference: A Prospect for a Peaceful Nuclear-Free World?

More than 50 years have passed since the Non-Proliferation...

The Humanitarian Significance of Michelle Bachelet’s Visit to Bangladesh

On a four-day visit, UN High Commissioner for Human...

Partition Research and the Need for a Multi-Dimensional Approach

Ties between India and Pakistan have witnessed a downward...

What ASEAN Means for South Korea’s New Government

Earlier this year, the South Korean public voted in...

Russia’s Pathway to the Arctic: Ambitions and Tribulations

In its effort to further the ambition in the...