Southeast Asia

Prime Minister Hun Sen

The EU Must Factor Cambodia’s Salami Slicing of the Opposition

A delegation from the European Union will visit Cambodia next week as part of the process of withdrawing duty-free access to EU markets under...
Ho Chi Minh City Skyline

Signs of Acceleration: Unleashing Vietnam’s Economic Potential

Vietnam has been in the news in recent weeks because the Summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un...
Aung San Suu kyi

New Dynamics of South Korea-Myanmar Economic Relations

Myanmar has witnessed a drop in Foreign Direct Investment. In 2017-2018, it received 5.7 billion USD, down from over 6.6 billion in the previous...
National Bank of Cambodia

Cambodia’s Money Laundering Relisting Shows Dangers of Corrupt Institutions

The global money laundering watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in February put Cambodia on its "grey" watchlist because of concerns over money laundering....
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha wave to protesters

Cambodia’s Exiled Opposition Vows Return to Create Democratic Change

The end game is approaching for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. The former Khmer Rouge commander who has held power since 1985 has returned...

Thailand’s Fractured Refugee Landscape

Early this January, 18-year old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun captured the world’s attention when she barricaded herself in a Thai hotel room after fleeing abuse...
Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia

Hun Sen Fears Civil Society Revolt in Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen repeatedly lashed out at opponents last week in an attempt to respond to critics or potential rivals that could...
Map of Southeast Asia

State of Southeast Asia: 2019 – Scepticism & Hope

A survey titled, " State of Southeast Asia: 2019"  by the Asean Studies Centre (conducted between November 18th and December 5, 2018, and released on January...
Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha

Three Catalysts for Thai Civil Society

In December, Thailand’s military junta lifted the ban on political activities in the country-- including as gatherings of over five people--ending some of the...