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International Law vs. Realpolitik in the South China Sea

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 03.23.2017 | Home
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By Merve Demirel A new Chinese cruise liner has started taking hundreds of Chinese tourists to the disputed areas in the South China Sea, where they c...

Myanmar’s 'Rohingya Issue' Is A Regional Refugee Crisis – ASEAN Must Intervene

The Conversation Global | Posted 03.20.2017 | Home
The Conversation Global

DB Subedi, University of New England In June 2012, communal riots between Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists first erupted in the stat...

Asia is in the grip of a transnational crime crisis - but governments look away

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.06.2016 | Crime
The Conversation Global

Roderic Broadhurst, Australian National University The immense demand for methamphetamine (ice), ecstasy and new psychoactive substances among the we...

Between an Uncertain Duterte and Trump and a Powerful China, Vietnam Sees Stability in ASEAN

Helen Clark | Posted 12.01.2016 | Home
Helen Clark

PERTH, Australia ― As the world catastrophizes about what a Trump presidency means for global security and stability, Vietnam and the Philippines ar...

Duterte's 'Brand-Is-Crisis' Strategy

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 10.07.2016 | Home
Edsel Tupaz

Crisis branding can be an effective political campaign strategy because it draws power from frightening people, but it has no place in day-to-day governance. Normalizing fright and violence is not a governance model and is a huge step in the wrong direction.

World Leaders Try To Avoid South China Sea Tensions At ASEAN Summit

Reuters | Willa Frej | Posted 01.04.2017 | Home

VIENTIANE ― Asian leaders played down tensions over the South China Sea in a carefully worded summit statement on Thursday, but even before it was i...

South China Sea Territorial Battle To Continue Unabated

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.01.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

The U.S. insists it takes no position in the ongoing disputes, but Washington has clashed with China over the former's right to collect intelligence within China's 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone. It would only take one drunk ship captain or one over-aggressive aircraft pilot to create an incident and set the stage for conflict.

The End Of ASEAN?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.01.2016 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

asean flag "All I need is a sheet of paper and something to write with, and then I can turn the world upside down," Friedrich Nietzsche once claimed. Words do matter -- and in international diplomacy, they can sometimes spell the difference between neglectful chaos and principled order.

China Scores A Victory At ASEAN Over South China Sea Ruling

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.25.2016 | Home

VIENTIANE, July 25 (Reuters) - China scored a diplomatic victory on Monday as Southeast Asian nations dropped a U.S.-backed proposal to mention a land...

Vietnam Careful, Not Jubilant After South China Sea Ruling Against China

Helen Clark | Posted 02.19.2017 | Home
Helen Clark

PERTH, Australia -- Vietnam's reaction to the South China Sea ruling is surprisingly muted for a country that has so much at stake.

China and The Philippines' Dual South China Sea Challenge

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Daniel Wagner

The ruling raises a host of questions - for China, for the Philippines (which brought the action against China to the PCA), and for the other nations bordering the South China Sea, which also have ongoing disputes with Beijing on the same subject.

China Is Not Trying to 'Rule the Waves'

Liu Xiaoming | Posted 06.23.2016 | Home
Liu Xiaoming

LONDON - As the South China Sea is a primary international shipping route, China will never impede lawful and legitimate freedom of navigation.

Washington's Pivot to Southeast Asia Needs Economic Ties

Jack Myint | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Jack Myint

To sustain its efforts to counter China's growing influence in Asia, Washington must deepen its economic ties with Southeast Asia. Since 2011, President Obama has stated he intends to pivot American foreign policy towards Asia, the goal of which is essentially to "contain" China.

Asia Needs a New Foreign Policy Doctrine in the Age of Trump

Chandran Nair | Posted 05.11.2016 | Home
Chandran Nair

HONG KONG -- Trump capitalizes on a dangerous combination of isolationism and hawkishness. Against this background, Asian countries should work to remake geopolitics so it is no longer stuck in the post-war narrative where America's overwhelming military supremacy is viewed as the only way to solve the world's problems. ASEAN has long disapproved of intervention, instead supporting economic engagement and investment. And the Singaporean "problem-solving" approach is more likely to be accepted by countries than the lecturing, sanctions and military threats that often accompany Western diplomacy.

These Maps Show How Vast New Infrastructure Is Bringing the World Together

Parag Khanna | Posted 04.24.2016 | Home
Parag Khanna

SINGAPORE -- It turns out that what most defines the emerging world is not fragmentation of countries but integration within regions. Major world regions are forging dense infrastructural connectivity and reorienting their relations around supply chains rather than borders. The same world that appears to be falling apart is actually coming together in much more concrete ways than today's political maps suggest.

From Kitsch to Craft to Economic Growth

Eisenhower Fellowships | Posted 03.05.2017 | Impact
Eisenhower Fellowships

In 2011, when I met weavers in the villages of Cambodia who could no longer make a living, and mothers whose children were "adopted" by traffickers posing as good Samaritans, I began to think about how local people in rural communities could potentially expand their opportunities.

How the World Looks From the Russian Perspective

Sergey Karaganov | Posted 02.15.2017 | Home
Sergey Karaganov

MOSCOW -- The era that began with the end of the Second World War is now over. That period was characterized by a relatively orderly and stable system of confrontation. In fact, the end of the Cold War did not mean the emergence of a new order. There was a hope that the main centers of power would establish relations based largely on cooperation. Instead, an attempt was made to build a unipolar world, which predictably failed. To all appearances, the world is now being swept by a wave of turbulence and fierce competition, if not a struggle of all against all.

The United States Should Peacefully Let China Rise

Ivan Eland | Posted 02.14.2017 | Home
Ivan Eland

Overall, China is by no means militarily superior to the United States and will not be for a long time. However, the United States has invested in vulnerable aircraft carrier battle groups for global power projection, which waste many naval resources defending themselves from possible attacks from the air, sea, and undersea at the expense of projecting offensive power.

At ASEAN Summit, Malaysia's PM Is a Tyrant Among Tyrants

Jared Genser | Posted 02.12.2017 | Home
Jared Genser

When Obama meets Najib Razak at the ASEAN summit in California, it is time for a new direction in the U.S.-Malaysia relationship. Human rights should return to the fore. Obama must publicly demand the release of prisoners charged with politically motivated crimes. For him to remain silent is tantamount to giving Najib a license to act with impunity.

With Malaysia at the Helm, Southeast Asia's Economic Community Takes Off

Rachael Willis | Posted 12.08.2016 | Home
Rachael Willis

Kuala Lumpur as seen on Flickr via gulfu Under the watchful eye of Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Razak, an agreement was finally signed on Novembe...

How to Clear Away the Haze Suffocating Southeast Asia

Chandran Nair | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home
Chandran Nair

KUALA LUMPUR -- It is right to criticize Indonesia for the forest fires that cast a suffocating haze across Southeast Asia this summer and fall. But this is a regional problem. Indonesia can't do it alone. ASEAN and the world must step forward and take action, before Southeast Asia is lost in the haze forever.

In Laos, An Invisible Minority Is Finding Its Voice

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.19.2015 | Home

This is the ninth part of a 10-part series on LGBT rights in Southeast Asia, which uncovers the challenges facing the LGBT community in the region and...

The Time Is Now for ASEAN to Push Toward Environmental Crime Accountability

Rachael Willis | Posted 08.25.2016 | Green
Rachael Willis

What really happened in Tianjin is the result of a creeping environmental disaster unfolding across the globe, particularly in Southeast Asia, and it reflects the magnitude of the challenge that the leaders of the 10 ASEAN nations face.

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: China's Trojan Horse?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.02.2016 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Clearly, the Philippines continues to see the AIIB as some kind of Chinese Trojan horse to buy the loyalty of neighbors and some measure of territorial acquiescence in exchange for economic carrots. Manila is also not comfortable with China having huge presence in its strategic, infrastructure sectors.

The U.S. Should Defend Global Commons, Not Naval Supremacy, in Asia

Yanmei Xie | Posted 06.01.2016 | Home
Yanmei Xie

BEIJING -- Washington needs to state and re-state that what it is determined to defend is the global commons, not its naval supremacy in the South China Sea. The former wins high ground in the court of international opinion. The latter may generate headlines for the grandstand wanting to see U.S.-Chinese rivalry, but it will likely result in a limited alliance and set the region down a zero-sum track.