Southeast Asia

36th ASEAN Summit

How “Strategic Diplomacy” May Help Southeast Asian Countries in the Midst of COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has brought about many changes to the world, some are most apparent in those strategically important regions like Southeast Asia. As...

ASEAN and the US Need to Converge Against the Rising Chinese Storm

On June 26, 2020, the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a joint statement in the 36th ASEAN summit under the chairmanship...

Global Banks Share Responsibility for Cambodia’s Microfinance Disaster

Cambodia’s microfinance loans are a slow-motion car crash with millions of victims, for which the world’s banks share responsibility. The Cambodian League for the Promotion...
Chairman’s Statement of the 36th ASEAN Summit

ASEAN Summit: Takeaways for New Delhi

The ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Summit 2020 was held online on June 26, 2020. Vietnam is the ASEAN Chair for this...

Hun Sen Struggles to Convince Himself That His Dynasty Is Real

For a leader whose hands are stained in blood, power means impunity. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s claims that he will stay in power for...
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Hun Sen Is Responsible for Safety of Thai Activist Abducted in Phnom Penh

The abduction of exiled Thai political activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit, seized near his apartment in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on June 4, marks a serious escalation in...
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Why Southeast Asia Is Relatively Spared by COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the planet with the global death toll now close to 300,000. But the deaths seem to be concentrated...
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Vietnam Should Be ASEAN’s First Among Equals

As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) faces renewed scrutiny in light of its comparatively weak response to the coronavirus crisis, the perennial...
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Coronavirus Testing Is the Way to Avoid European-Style Confinement

South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong, all in the immediate vicinity of China, have, so far, been able to avert the mass spread of...