Southeast Asia

U.S. Army Cpt. Colin O’toole, team leader with the Defense POW/MIA Accountability Agency (DPAA) digs during an effort to locate missing service members from the Vietnam War in Ratanakiri, Cambodia.

POW Diplomacy Won’t Ease Tensions Between Cambodia and Washington

Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry has announced that it had offered to resume cooperation in an effort to search for remains of Americans killed during the...
Cambodian PM Hun Sen

EU Move to End Cambodia’s Free Trade Status Must Be Trigger for Democratic Change

European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström announced on October 5 that the EU had started a review of Cambodia’s duty-free access to European markets,...
Premier is Li Keqiang, Sinzo Abe and Moon Jae In

What Does ASEAN Think About China-Japan-ROK’s “3+1 Modality”?

Trilateral cooperation among China, Japan, and the ROK has been literally moving forward. At the Seventh Japan-China-ROK Trilateral Summit on May 9, the three countries...
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad andLi Keqiang

The Strategic Test of Mahathir’s China Policy

Since his historic re-election after more than a decade of retirement, the 93-year-old veteran Mahathir Mohammed started his new term with a new anti-corruption...
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

What Mahathir’s New Economic Policy Means for Malaysia-China Relations

In burying the hatchet, with his one time foe, Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad exhibited immense pragmatism. An arrangement has been worked out,...
Thai refugees

Statelessness: Thailand’s Silent Crisis

Earlier in July, the news media extensively covered the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach from the flooded Tham Luang in...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Cambodian PM Hun Sen

Japanese Diplomacy in Cambodia Looks Well Beyond the 2018 Election

The international community has all but abandoned support for Cambodia’s national elections, scheduled for July 29. A string of events have outraged Western governments...
ASEAN Summit 32nd

Rationalizing ASEAN’s Charm Defensive Approach on North Korea Issue

The world witnessed a historic moment of peace and reconciliation between two Koreas on April 27, 2018. The Korean Peninsula turned upside down after...
ACMECS Summit

Small Signs of Resistance to Chinese Dominance in Southeast Asia

When the American strategic ‘pivot’ to Asia collapsed, China took the mantle of hegemonic leadership in Southeast Asia. The question of how to respond...