ISEAS Perspective 2024

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.


2024/16 “Does Derisking or Decoupling Signal the Death Knell for the Export-led Model in Southeast Asia?” by Jayant Menon


2024 No. 16

The death of the export-led model has been predicted many times. Most recently, it has come from the rise in anti-globalisation-driven protectionism and calls for derisking or decoupling, but again the rumours of its demise may be greatly exaggerated.


2024/15 “The Israel-Palestine Conflict Reveal Political Divisions within Thailand” by Daungyewa (Hong) Utarasint


2024 No. 15

As the Israeli-Palestinian conflict drags on, divergent views in Thailand on the issue continue to grow.


2024/14 “Demographic Transitions in Southeast Asia: Reframing How We Think and Act About Ageing” by Maria Monica Wihardja and Reza Siregar


Population ageing could be a sign of longer lives and healthier old ages, but this demographic factor poses both challenges and opportunities at the same time.


2024/13 “Vietnam and the Russia-Ukraine War: Hanoi’s ‘Bamboo Diplomacy’ Pays Off but Challenges Remain” by Ian Storey


2024 No. 13

Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, Vietnam adopted an essentially neutral position in a thus-far largely successful effort to insulate itself from major power disputes arising from the conflict.


2024/12 “Being a Member of an Online Group Can Make You More Accepting of Fake News: The Case of Thailand” by Surachanee Sriyai and Akkaranai Kwanyou


2024 NO. 12

Despite their large memberships, little scholarly attention has been given to the role of online groups and how they contribute to the circulation of fake news and disinformation during the campaigning season.


2024/11 “The Cultural Power of Chinese Herbal Medicine Resulting from the Southeast Asian Belt and Road Corridors” by Khun Eng Kuah


2024 No. 11

This paper explores the use of Chinese herbal medicine (TCM) as cultural power along the Southeast Asian Belt and Road corridors.


2024/10 “Vietnam-U.S. Security Cooperation Prospects under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” by Phan Xuan Dung and Hoai Vu


2024 No. 10

Since establishing a ‘comprehensive partnership’ in 2013, Vietnam and the United States have incrementally expanded their security relations, a domain that was hitherto sensitive and limited in scope.


2024/9 “Advancing the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific Beyond Indonesia’s Chairmanship” by Joanne Lin


2024 No. 9

ASEAN embraced the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) in 2019 as a strategic response to escalating geopolitical tensions and the growing influence of major powers in the region.


2024/8 “Understanding Indonesia’s 2024 Presidential Elections: A New Polarisation Evolving” by Max Lane


2024 No. 8

The coalition developing around the candidacy of Prabowo shows characteristics of being a regrouping of core elements from Suharto’s New Order.


2024/7 “Mohd Na’im Mokhtar: Business as Usual in JAKIM?” by Mohd Faizal Musa


2024 No. 7

Mohd Na’im Mokhtar was appointed by Anwar Ibrahim to be Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Religious Affairs, although he is not an elected politician nor a member of any political party.