Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Hard Choices for a Small State
Politics,China,Southeast Asia
By Benjamin Ho - 25 Jul 2017

Singapore’s Foreign Policy: Hard Choices for a Small State

As a small state, Singapore’s foreign policy is largely premised on a realist approach to international relations. At the same time, the question as to whether realism can be harmonized with a principled approach to the practice of diplomacy is worth pondering.
Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

By Mark J. Valencia - 24 Jul 2017

Purpose and Necessity of US FONOPs in the South China Sea

 The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

By Veasna Var & Sovinda Po - 20 Jul 2017

The Challenges Facing Cambodian Foreign Policy

Cambodia’s Growing Defense Ties with China: What about the US?
Politics,China,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Growing Defense Ties with China: What about the US?

Currently, Cambodia’s foreign policy faces significant challenges amid great power rivalry for regional influence. The high-level official defense visits between China and Cambodia highlight the strong cooperation which is widely seen to be at the expense of the US.  
By Veasna Var - 17 Jul 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity
Security,Hotspots,Southeast Asia

US FONOPs in the South China Sea: Intent, Effectiveness, and Necessity

US FONOPs in the South China Sea are controversial. Their targeting of China’s “excessive” claims there, their resumption under President Donald Trump, and China’s increasingly strident objections raise questions regarding their intent, effectiveness and necessity.
The Role of Mutual Respect in Improving Cambodia-Thailand Relations
Security,Southeast Asia

The Role of Mutual Respect in Improving Cambodia-Thailand Relations

The relations between Cambodia and Thailand can be appropriately labelled as a love-hate relationship. Given their current political, economic and diplomatic relations, both countries can enhance their generally troubled relationship through a reciprocal exchange of mutual respect.
The Siege of Marawi and the Declaration of Martial Law over Mindanao
Security,Southeast Asia

The Siege of Marawi and the Declaration of Martial Law over Mindanao

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has publicly declared that he is taking a hardline stance in law enforcement after Islamic radicals torched building structures and took human hostages in the southern city of Marawi.
By Tai Wei Lim - 30 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Postwar Rise of Vietnam: Economic and Political Feats
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

The Postwar Rise of Vietnam: Economic and Political Feats

In 1986, Vietnam instituted economic reforms known as Doi Moi. In 1995, former US President Bill Clinton normalized relations with Vietnam. With US support, Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization.
By Tai Wei Lim - 25 May 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
Cambodia’s Debt: Prudent to Look for Diversified Sources
Economy,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s Debt: Prudent to Look for Diversified Sources

Some Cambodian scholars have commented that the country’s debt situation is manageable. However, one should take proactive measures to tackle the unpredictable backlash which could potentially derive from debt.  
The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

The ASEAN Community: A Lofty Historical Challenge

The most important area in which ASEAN can contribute is to bring about the ASEAN Community with cultures and historical backgrounds different from those of the European Union. The new global conditions present Southeast Asia with opportunities and challenges.
Cambodia’s South China Sea Dilemma Between China and ASEAN
Hotspots,Southeast Asia

Cambodia’s South China Sea Dilemma Between China and ASEAN

Some Cambodian political analysts have concluded that balancing between ASEAN and China on the contentious issue of the South China Sea is and will continue to be the most significant strategic challenge for Cambodia’s foreign policy in the 21st century.
Asia’s Cultural and Intellectual Rejuvenation
Society,Southeast Asia

Asia’s Cultural and Intellectual Rejuvenation

The 21st century has been called the Asian Century. Can it be a period that draw on the best of human achievements and advance them, contributing immensely to a new global civilization?
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