ISEAS Perspective 2023

ISEAS Perspective provides analysis of specific current events and their significance for the Southeast Asian region. This will be published occasionally, and is aimed at keeping decision-makers in both the public and private sectors informed; as well as scholars, laymen and the interested public. This series undergoes a peer-review process.


2023/71 “Review of Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Visit to Southeast Asia in August 2023” by Lye Liang Fook


2023 No. 71

Wang Yi travelled to Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia in his first foreign visit after his re-appointment as foreign minister, underscoring Beijing’s strong commitment to Southeast Asia by sustaining the tempo of high-level engagements.


2023/70 “What the Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI) Yasmin Case Says about Religious Freedom in Indonesia” by Alamsyah M. Djafar and A’an Suryana


2023 No. 70

After waiting for 16 years, the Gereja Kristen Indonesia (GKI) Yasmin congregation in Indonesia can finally practise their faith peacefully in a new church building.


2023/69 “Vietnamese Perceptions in a Changing Sino-US Relationship” by Sharon Seah and Indira Zahra Aridati


2023 No. 69

Using data from the State of Southeast Asia Surveys from 2020 to 2023, the authors investigate Vietnamese opinion leaders’ perceptions of China and the US, in view of the changing geopolitical relationship.


2023/68 “Southeast Asia’s Stakes in Pricing Carbon” by Vinod Thomas


2023 No. 68

Southeast Asia is on the frontline both as a victim of climate disasters, and as a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions causing runaway climate change.


2023/67 “Polarisations in Indonesia: Distinguishing the Real from the Rhetorical” by Max Lane


2023 No. 67

Real polarisations do affect Indonesian political life, however, and are not the ones portrayed in the Presidential election campaigns.


2023/66 “Malaysia’s 2023 State Elections (Part 2): Campaign Strategies and Future Implications” by Ong Kian Ming


2023 No. 66

Three wins for PH-BN (Penang, Selangor, and Negeri Sembilan) and three wins for PN (Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu) are expected.


2023/65 “ASEAN’s New Dilemma: Managing the Artificial Intelligence Space” by Kristina Fong Siew Leng


2023 No. 65

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The rapid rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential risks of invasion of personal privacy, violations of acute copyright and intellectual property rights, and breaches of ethical boundaries have prompted governments to prioritize setting up regulatory boundaries to manage this dynamic technological disruption. The momentum in addressing these aforementioned risks has accelerated […]


2023/64 “What Can Malaysia Expect from IPEF?” by Jayant Menon


2023 No. 64

In a bid to re-engage economically with the region, United States (US) President Biden launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) in Tokyo on 23 May 2022.


2023/63 “The Quad: Less than the Sum of its Parts?” by Nick Bisley


2023 No. 63

Originally focused on security cooperation, the Quad has opted to work on collaborative endeavours purported to advance regional order through public goods provision.


2023/62 “Vietnam’s JETP Agreement: Accelerating the Energy Transition in a Just Way?” by Julia Behrens


2023 No. 62

Vietnam’s power sector needs to transition away from its heavy reliance on coal if it is to meet its net-zero-emission goal by 2050.