Vietnam: New Leadership and the Pressure for Economic Reforms
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia
By Huong Le Thu - 25 Apr 2016

Vietnam: New Leadership and the Pressure for Economic Reforms

Economic policies beg for a major update from the implementation of the Doi Moi reforms in 1986. To ensure full integration into the global economy, including fulfilling expectations of the TPP, Vietnam need to do some serious adjustments.
Australia Finds its Home in Southeast Asia: 2016 Defense White Paper
Security,Southeast Asia

By Andrew Carr - 07 Mar 2016

Australia Finds its Home in Southeast Asia: 2016 Defense White Paper

The Future of Tourism in the Sino-Laotian Region
Economy,China,Southeast Asia

By Tai Wei Lim - 19 Jul 2017

The Future of Tourism in the Sino-Laotian Region

A New Model of US-Vietnam Relations: In Search of “Balance” of Gains
Politics,Southeast Asia

A New Model of US-Vietnam Relations: In Search of “Balance” of Gains

During Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Washington from May 29-31, 2017, US President Donald Trump stated that he was glad to see more “balanced” trade relations with Vietnam.
By Huong Le Thu - 15 Jun 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
South China Sea Code of Conduct: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
Security,Southeast Asia

South China Sea Code of Conduct: Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

A recent China-ASEAN agreement for a “framework” for a South China Sea Code of Conduct has triggered an outburst of diplomatic optimism. But the sad reality is that there has been little progress towards a binding, robust COC.  
The China Factor in Malaysian Politics
China,Southeast Asia

The China Factor in Malaysian Politics

A spat between former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor has drawn China into a political dispute in Malaysia. The spat concerns Forest City, a real estate project constructed jointly by a Chinese developer and a local developer with a stake held by the Sultan.
Vietnam: A Member State that Could Safeguard ASEAN’s Fragile Unity?
Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Vietnam: A Member State that Could Safeguard ASEAN’s Fragile Unity?

The current regional political constellation — in particular the trend of concentrating on domestic politics at the expense of regional matters — partially explains the weakening commitment to ASEAN across Southeast Asia. This contributes to an expectation for countries with strong regional agendas, like Vietnam, to step up.
By Huong Le Thu - 10 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,China,Southeast Asia

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea

In his address to the 2016 Shangri-La Dialogue, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter outlined the US concept of a principled security network in the Asia-Pacific. The US sees China’s activities, especially in the South China Sea, as leading it towards raising a “Great Wall of self-isolation.”
Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Obama’s Visit in Vietnam: Legacy and Trust-Building

It was in Hanoi that the US President Barack Obama announced a full annulment of the US arms embargo on Vietnam — a decision hailed as a symbolic milestone in the closure to the painful wartime past.  
By Huong Le Thu - 27 May 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations
Politics,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

The New Philippine Leadership and Prospects for Sino-Philippine Relations

A key event in Sino-Philippine relations that Duterte will inherit from the outgoing Aquino administration is the upcoming verdict in the arbitration case on the Sino-Philippine maritime dispute in the South China Sea.
Duterte and the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Duterte and the South China Sea

Rodrigo Duterte won the 2016 presidential election in the Philippines with a convincing victory. Duterte’s Trump-like rhetoric has caused considerable anxiety among the country’s ASEAN neighbors with regards to the South China Sea impasse.
Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia
Politics,Society,Southeast Asia

Nation Building: The Experience of Southeast Asia

The results of applying the model of the nation-state in Asia have not been encouraging. There are recurring problems of ethnic conflict, religious polarization, and separatism, which erupt now and then in violence.
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