Sinking Cities in Asia: Science-Based Adaptations Are Needed
Environment,Southeast Asia
By Henry Hing Lee Chan - 06 Sep 2019

Sinking Cities in Asia: Science-Based Adaptations Are Needed

In August 2019, Singapore and Indonesia announced two contrasting approaches to adapt to the risk of sea-level rise caused by global climate change. The lurking danger of sea-level rise is now recognized as an equally important climate change hazard.
The Soft Power Costs of China’s Recent Behavior in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 29 Aug 2019

The Soft Power Costs of China’s Recent Behavior in the South China Sea

Philippine Double Standards Regarding Warship Passage Through Archipelagic Waters
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 27 Aug 2019

Philippine Double Standards Regarding Warship Passage Through Archipelagic Waters

India Contributing to a Bigger Share of the ASEAN Tourism Pie
Economy,South Asia,Southeast Asia

India Contributing to a Bigger Share of the ASEAN Tourism Pie

The first half of 2019 witnessed a decline in the number of Chinese tourists visiting ASEAN nations. Countries like Thailand can look to India to fill the gap. In 2018, 1.6 million Indians visited Thailand.
US-Cambodia Ties at New Low After Chinese Naval Outpost Report
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

US-Cambodia Ties at New Low After Chinese Naval Outpost Report

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed US officials, reported that Cambodia had signed a secret pact with China to allow the latter exclusive rights to part of the Kingdom’s Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand.
Cambodia’s Ties with China: What are the Challenges?
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Ties with China: What are the Challenges?

In the last decade or so, Cambodia has moved much closer to China in almost every aspect, leading some to view Cambodia-China relations as a client-patron relationship. This relationship is widely seen as based on convergent interests and a basic “quid pro quo”.
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Philippines Justice Carpio’s Carping is Becoming Quixotic
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Philippines Justice Carpio’s Carping is Becoming Quixotic

Philippines Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio has responded to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to him to suggest practical approaches to enforce the Philippines’ South China Sea arbitration victory against China.
What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?
Politics,Security,Southeast Asia

What’s ASEAN’s Outlook on the Dynamic Indo-Pacific?

Being caught at the crossroad of great powers’ competition for sphere of influences, ASEAN has become a center of geo-political and geo-economic gravity of battleground. What is ASEAN’s outlook in the rising volatility and dynamism of the Indo-Pacific region?
The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The China-Philippines Maritime Incident: A Sad Episode All Around

On June 9, 2019, there was a collision between two fishing boats in the Philippines’ Exclusive Economic Zone, one a China-flagged vessel and one a Philippines-flagged fishing boat. The incident elicited wild accusations and demands for precipitous retaliatory action.
Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Differentiating between Theory and Enforcement of FONOP in the South China Sea

There is no universal agreement on the interpretation of key provisions in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Indeed, important differences are emerging between Southeast Asian nations and the US regarding the theory and enforcement of freedom of navigation.
US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US Bill Targeting China in South China Sea is Misguided and Hypocritical

Three US Senators have reintroduced the South China Sea and East China Sea Sanctions Act. Its purpose is to “impose sanctions against Chinese entities that participate in Beijing’s attempts to assert its expansive maritime and territorial claims in these disputed regions.”
Indonesian Election: Jokowi Victory, but Risk of Civil Unrest Looms
Politics,Southeast Asia

Indonesian Election: Jokowi Victory, but Risk of Civil Unrest Looms

Indonesia’s presidential election result announcement on May 21, 2019 marks the end of a relatively peaceful campaign season but the beginning of a post-election period with the risk of unrest.
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