Opinions

The Centre posts on its Website opinions related to ASEAN by Centre researchers, persons affiliated with ISEAS or the Centre, and by others. The opinions expressed are their own and not necessarily those of ISEAS or the Centre.

ISEAS Perspective: Challenges for Indonesia to achieve its Maritime Connectivity Plan and Leverage on Regional Initiatives by ISEAS Fellow Siwage Dharma Negara and ASC's Sanchita Basu Das. Click here to read it.

ASEAN could bear fallout from giants’ dispute over South China Sea 
ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted on TODAY article published on 4 Jan 2017. Click here to read more.

Five Decades of ASEAN: The History of a Political Miracle
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat published on 27 Dec 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN Spotlight: ASEAN Student Progams Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was featured on ChannelnewsAsia's half-hour news magazine programme showcasing how ASEAN affects the lives of ordinary people across the region. Click here to watch the video.

Rohingya plight now an ASEAN issue 
Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted on Bangkok Post Opinion section published on 27 Dec 2016. Click here to read.

What can ASEAN do about the Rohingya crisis? 
by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha for TODAY Commentary section published on 22 December 2016 can be accessed here.

ISEAS Perspective -  Issue No. 70: Rakhine Crisis Challenges ASEAN's Non-Interference Principle by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha and Visiting Senior Fellow, Ye Htut published on 21 December 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN should keep engaging Myanmar on Rohingyas: Experts -
 ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha shared her thoughts with the Straits Times published on 21 December 2016 can be viewed here.

COMMENTARY: Stumbling Blocks to RCEP 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Managing the Rohingya Issue through Quiet Diplomacy by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis is ASEAN’s Responsibility by ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat published on 8 Dec 2016 can be accessed here. 

COMMENTARY:
Fate of TPP and Other Possible Configurations by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

South-east Asia needs a reset on trade deals by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for the Straits Times published 17 November 2016 can be accessed here.

China tries chequebook diplomacy in Southeast Asia 
ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Financial Times in an article published on 8 November 2016. Click here to read more.

Myanmar, ASEAN and the United States: New Directions under a Trump Presidency? 
by Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar published on Mizzima published on 15 November 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN-US Relations: Can the Momentum be Maintained? by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha for the Straits Times published on 5th November 2016 can be accessed here.

Obama's legacy in South-east Asia by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun along with other scholars in ISEAS share their viewpoints on Obama's legacy in South-east Asia in a two-part series Straits Times feature published on 4th and 5th November 2016. Click here to read more.

Unshackling ASEAN by ISEAS Fellow Le Hong Hiep for Project Syndicate published on 3 November 2016 can be accessed here.

Duterte’s shift towards Beijing spells more trouble for ASEAN centrality
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun and ISEAS Senior Fellow Dr Malcolm Cook was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 28 October 2016 can be accessed here.

The Duterte challenge for ASEAN 
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun for The Straits Times published on 28 October 2016 can be accessed here.

ISEAS Perspective “Can ASEAN Overcome the ‘Consensus Dilemma’ over the South China Sea?” by ISEAS Fellow Le Hong Hiep
 on 24 October 2016 can be accessed here. 

Duterte’s personal game could lead to choppier waters for Asean by ISEAS Senior Fellow Malcolm Cook 
for TODAY published on 24 October 2016. Click here for the full article.

ASEAN needs some serious soul-searching on its ties with a friend showing signs of increasing assertiveness 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun For The Straits Times published on 8 October 2016. Click here for the full article.

When Duterte meets ASEAN 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun and ISEAS Senior Fellow, Dr Malcolm Cook published in TODAY on 21 September 2016 can be read here.

COMMENTARY: Questions on China’s Friendship Treaty Proposal 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN Kicks-in the Next Phase of Regional Connectivity
 by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here

Six takeaways from ASEAN summits 
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun for The Straits Times S.E.A View shares the six takeaways from the ASEAN summits can be read here.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN’s RCEP Dilemma 
by ISEAS Senior Fellow, Dr Malcolm Cook can be accessed here.

Strategic trust crucial in China-ASEAN ties 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 12 September 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

Little room for ASEAN to move in maritime dispute
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on The Straits Times which appeared on 10 September 2016 can be accessed here.

Second Eastern Economic Forum results meet all expectations of guests and organizers
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted on Penzanews in an article published on 8 September 2016. Click here to read more.

COMMENTARY: Taking Baby Steps in the South China Sea 
by ASC's Fellow, Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

ASEAN, China introduce measures to dial down tensions in South China Sea
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 7 September 2016. Click here to read more.

Making the Cues code work in the South China Sea
by ASC's Fellow Hoang Thi Ha in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 8 September 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

COMMENTARY: The Case of the Missing Civil Society Organisations (CSO) at the ASEAN Summit 
by ASC's Fellow, Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

Obama to play key role at ASEAN summits as part of historic Laos visit
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on SEA Globe which appeared on 6 September 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN is coming together — slowly

ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Financial Times which appeared on 5 September 2016 can be accessed here.

Navigating the South China Sea issue at the ASEAN Summits by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 5 September 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

COMMENTARY: Previewing the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and Related Meetings 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun and ASC's Research Officer Jason Salim can be accessed here.

Building a better bloc requires a stronger nerve center 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar for Nikkei Asian Review published online on 1 September 2016 can be read here.

A Partial ASEAN Customs Union Post 2015 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here

ASEAN hits 49th anniversary as it struggles with reaching consensus on South China Sea tensions, economic development 
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on AsiaOne in an article that appeared on 9 August  2016 can be accessed here.

At 49, what’s next for ASEAN? 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 8 August 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

ASEAN should highlight more of its efforts on economic cooperation 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for The Straits Times. The article first appeared on 2 August 2016 can be accessed here.

Fast-Track Talks on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea
by ASC's Fellow, Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

South China Sea dispute: ASEAN voice drowned out as big powers pipe up
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on The Straits Times in an article that appeared on 29 July 2016 can be accessed here.

How should ASEAN deal with Cambodia?
ASC's Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 28 July 2016. Click here to read more.

COMMENTARY: Reflections on the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Rule of Law in the South China Sea: Where does ASEAN Stand?
by ASC's Fellow, Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: The Veto: ASEAN’s Growing Liability
by ASC's Research Officer, Jason Salim can be accessed here.

ASEAN joint statement on S China Sea omits mention of Hague ruling
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun and Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 26 July 2016. Click here to read more.

Watered-down ASEAN statement could diminish grouping’s already waning clout: analysts
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Japan Times in an article that appeared on 25 July 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN must reassess its ‘one voice’ decision-making
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 12 July 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

COMMENTARY: Issues and Points to Look out for at the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and Related Meetings
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

Commentary: Why China must charm ASEAN again
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Channelnews Asia in an article that appeared on 22 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

No ASEAN Consensus on the South China Sea 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat published on 21 July 2016 can be accessed here.

Demystifying Asean's 'performance' in disputes
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on The Straits Times on 20 July 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

Criticism of China’s South China Sea Stand to Intensify at ASEM in Mongolia
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Yibada in an article that appeared on 15 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

South China Sea Ruling Puts Fish Rivalry Into Spotlight
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Wall Street Journal in an article that appeared on 19 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

M’sia faces dilemma with cautious approach to S China Sea disputes 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 12 July 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

ASEAN regional experts on the South China Sea ruling
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was interviewed by Asialink, an affiliate of The University of Melbourne. Click here to read.

Beijing braces for South China Sea challenge at Asia-Europe Meeting
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on the South China Morning Post article published on 14 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

South China Sea Ruling Gives Smaller Claimants Leverage
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Wall Street Journal in an article that appeared on 13 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

China, Philippines Eye Talks After Ruling Against Beijing Maritime Claims
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on VOA News in an article that appeared on 13 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

How The Hague ruling affects other claimants
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on TODAY in an article that appeared on 13 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

South China Sea dispute: Experts call for cool heads after surprise ruling
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted in The Straits Times on 12 July 2016 can be accessed here.

Trade can win SE Asian hearts and minds
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted in an article published by Global Times can be accessed here.

South China Sea ruling: An opportunity to mend ties 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 12 July 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

No consensus on verdict expected
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on The Straits Times in an article that appeared on 10 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

The Big Read: Choppy waters ahead for ASEAN as all sides brace for Hague ruling
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun, Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap and Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 8 July 2016. Click here to read more.

China Launches Military Drills Before Tribunal Ruling
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on VOA News in an article that appeared on 5 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

How ASEAN should respond to tribunal ruling on S China Sea 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for TODAY published on 2 July 2016 can be accessed here.

Brexit Has Profound Lessons for ASEAN Integration 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for The Straits Times. The article first appeared on 29 June 2016 can be accessed here.

No Brexit Repeat in ASEAN An Op-ed 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat published on 28 June 2016 can be accessed here.

Labour Provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and how they may Affect Southeast Asian Countries 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das for ISEAS Perspective #37/2016 published on 28 June 2016 can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Brexit Scuttles an ASEAN-EU FTA 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Assessing the Impact of Brexit for ASEAN-EU and ASEAN-UK Relations 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

Singapore caught in the middle as China-ASEAN country coordinator
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on The Straits Times article published on 24 June 2016. Click here to access the article.

COMMENTARY: Between the Norm and the Exception: The ASEAN Way with Joint Statements 
by Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Covering the Confusion: Southeast Asian Newspapers' take on the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 
by ASC's Research Officer, Jason Salim can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Concluding RCEP Negotiations is an Imperative for ASEAN, but China’s and India’s Cooperation is Vital 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

The human challenges of an ASEAN Community 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar for East Asia Forum published online on 18 June 2016 can be read here.

China shoots itself in the foot with divide and rule tactics in ASEAN 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 17 June 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

ASEAN expressed serious concerns over China’s actions, says Manila
ASC's Lead Researcher (socio-cultural affairs) Moe Thuzar expressed her opinions in an article published on TODAY on 17 June 2016 which can be read here.

In new setback, Asean retracts S China Sea statement 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 15 June 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

ASEAN – Russia Summit emphasizes countries’ desire to strengthen their strategic ties
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on PenzaNews, an online Russian news media, in an article that appeared on 30 May 2016. Click here to access the article.

COMMENTARY: Fallout from the ASEAN-China Special Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

S.E.A Views: ASEAN and Russia look to achieve their full potential 
by Dr Ian Storey, Senior ISEAS Fellow for the S.E.A Views on The Straits Times on 2 June 2016. Click here to read the article.

ASEAN’s Regional Integration will be Determined by Better Connectivity in the Future 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das for ISEAS Perspective #28/2016 published on 31 May 2016. Click here for the full ISEAS Perspective issue.

COMMENTARY: A Mountain to Climb to Advance ASEAN-Russia Relations 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement Holds Strategic Underpinnings 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for ISEAS Perspective #22/2016 published on 10 May 2016. Click here for the full ISEAS Perspective issue.

S.E.A VIEWS: Hang together or hang separately? 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun for the S.E.A Views on The Straits Times on 12 May 2016. Click here to read the article.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN Secretary-General’s Views on South China Sea 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap can be read here.

COMMENTARY: Duterte, Jokowi and ASEAN
by Dr Malcolm Cook, ISEAS Senior Fellow can be accessed here.

Coastguard vessels in South China Sea need code of conduct amid increasing risk of clashes in contested waters, say analysts
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on the South China Morning Post article published on 8 May 2016. Click here to access the article.

VIEWS: TRUMP ‘IS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR ASIA
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Politico in its Morning Trade article that appeared on 6 May 2016. Click here to read his comments.

COMMENTARY: China’s Belt and Road Initiative Hits a Roadblock in Thailand 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

Donald Trump’s Ascent Watched With Wariness in Asia  
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article that was published on 4 May 2016. The article can be found here.

COMMENTARY: "Chinese FM Wang Yi’s Remarks Rile ASEAN" 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap can be accessed here.

Op-Ed: "Southeast Asia's Three Level Game" 
by ISEAS Senior Fellow, Dr Malcolm Cook on Japan Up Close published on 25 April 2016. Please click here to read the article.

China’s dangerous divide and conquer game with ASEAN
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 27 April 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

COMMENTARY: Cooperation, not confrontation, needed to tackle haze 
by Dr Lee Poh Onn, ISEAS Senior Fellow can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Transboundary Haze Pollution in ASEAN is a Shared Responsibility at all Levels 
by Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar can be accessed here.

Will New Faces Test ASEAN Unity at the Ministers' Meeting? 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat which was published on 22 April 2016 can be read here.

COMMENTARY: Revolutionising ASEAN Defence Cooperation? 
by ASC's Research Officer Jason Salim can be accessed here.

US-ASEAN Connect Holds Promise of Deepening ASEAN-US Relations 
by ISEAS Senior Fellow Tham Siew Yean for ISEAS Perspective #17/2016 published on 15 April 2016. Click here for the full ISEAS Perspective issue.

Can the US-ASEAN Connect Initiative Create Stronger US-ASEAN Economic Relations? 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for the Asia Pacific Bulletin of the East-West Center on 7 April 2016. The full article can be read here.

A reality check, and tests for China, ASEAN by 
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun and Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 7 April 2016. Please click here to read the full commentary.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN Needs to Have a Regional Nuclear Accident Plan of Action 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap can be accessed here.

US-ASEAN Connect Holds Promise of Deepening ASEAN-US Relations 
by ASC Senior Fellow Dr Tham Siew Yean
which appeared on Asia Matters for America Online can be accessed here.

Why M'sia is adopting a tougher S China Sea stance 
by ISEAS Senior Fellow Tang Siew Mun in a commentary on TODAY on 21 March 2016, he shared his opinions on Malaysia adopting a tougher 'pushback' stance against China's increasing assertiveness. Click here to read the full commentary.

S.E.A VIEW: What US-ASEAN Connect means for the region
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for The Straits Times. The article first appeared on 17 March 2016 can be accessed here.

The spirit of ASEAN’s founding fathers lives on
In a commentary on TODAY on 11 March 2016, ASC Head Tang Siew Mun and Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap pay tribute to the ASEAN founding fathers’ visionary leadership. Click here for the full article.

Intra-region trade links in Asean closer than in EU
ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das commented on the intra-regional trade intensity index and argued that despite the low intra-regional trade share, there is a positive outlook for trade within ASEAN in an article that was first published on 7 March 2016 in The Business Times. For the full article, click here.

Overseas push critical for growth
ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das shared her opinions on how Singapore can reshape its economy by harnessing and utilizing its strengths in a Business Times article that was first published on 7 March 2016. For the full article, click here.

Turning the US-ASEAN strategic partnership into a lasting one 
by ASC’s Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece on TODAY on 3 March 2016. To read the full article, click here.

Why US should stay engaged with ASEAN 
by ASC Senior Fellow Dr Tham Siew Yean. For the full commentary which appeared on TODAY on 26 February 2016, please click here.

ASEAN’s Regional Role and Relations with Japan: The Challenges of Deeper Integration 
In a research paper co-written by ASC Lead Researcher for socio-cultural affairs Moe Thuzar, she discusses the role of ASEAN and Japan in minimizing political instability and examines the biggest potential for instability across ASEAN and proposes strategies on how both Japan and ASEAN states can address this issue. For the full paper, click here.

China deployed missiles on disputed isle, US charges
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in a report on TODAY edition of 18 February 2016 on the rising tension in the South China Sea with China's deployment of an advanced surface-to-air missile system on one of the disputed isle. For the full report, please click here

S China Sea, terrorism on the agenda as historic US-ASEAN summit kicks off
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun shared his views in TODAY edition of 15 February 2016 on the issues that will be discussed at the historic US-ASEAN Sunnylands summit in California. Please click here to read the full article. 

US-ASEAN Summit to tout 'symbolic power
ASC's Lead Researcher (socio-cultural affairs) Moe Thuzar expressed her opinions with Deutsche Welle on the US-ASEAN summit in California. She commented on the significance of Obama's administration heightened engagement with the Southeast Asia region. Please click here to read the full article.

Sealing the changing perception of US engagement in ASEAN
ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das expressed her opinions in The Business Times Commentary column on America's engagement with the ASEAN region and the significance of the special US-ASEAN summit. The article which first appeared in the print edition of The Business Times on February 12, 2016 can also be viewed here or here.

S.E.A Views: Restoring investors' confidence in ASEAN 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das on the resurgence of investors' confidence in Southeast Asia and factors that can affect the foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow into the ASEAN region. The article which first appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2016 can be viewed here.

Trade agreements are in ASEAN’s best interests 
ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das shares her thoughts in an article in the East Asia Forum on 6 February 2016 on the importance of trade agreements for ASEAN countries. To read the full article, click here

ASEAN integration a work in progress — in more ways than one
ASC’s Head Tang Siew Mun and ASC's Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural) Moe Thuzar shared their comments on the ASEAN Community which appeared in an article published on TODAY on 28 December 2015. Click here for the full article.

China military keeping tabs on US Poseidon deployment in Singapore
ASC’s Head Tang Siew Mun shared his comments with TODAY published on 9 December 2015. Click here to read his comments.

ASEAN deserves credit for standing up to China and US 
by ASC’s Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece on TODAY published on 8 December 2015. Click here for the full article.

News Analysis: Constant evolution key to ASEAN's economic community 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das. For the full article by Xinhua News Agency published on 17 November 2015, click here.

A balance sheet of Malaysia's chairmanship of ASEAN by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das on Malaysia’s chairmanship of ASEAN. Her views are expressed in the Straits Times Opinion 19 November 2015. Click here for the article available on The Straits Times Online or here for the PDF copy.

The push for free trade by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das on the importance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) for Singapore in The Straits Times on 15 November 2015. Click here for the article.

China's neighbours wary of taking sides in Sino-US South China Sea dispute 
by ASC’s Head Tang Siew Mun on the Sino-US South China Sea Dispute in the South China Morning Post on 30 October 2015. Click here for the full article.

Why ASEAN’s integration is through the economic route by 
Deputy Director of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Ooi Kee Beng in an op-ed on TODAY Online on 28 October 2015. Click here for the full article.

ASEAN Regional Institutions: Remaining Relevant amidst External Power Rivalries by ASC’s Moe Thuzar. The article in full appears on the E-International Relations website at this link, or click here.

ASEAN Must Speak Up More on South China Sea Matters by ISEAS Senior Fellow Tang Siew Mun on the Straits Times edition of 14 August 2015. The full article here.

What AIIB means for ASEAN Connectivity, by ASC's Sanchita Basu Das for the Straits Times edition of 16 July 2015. The full article is available at this link or click here to read the article. Response to Sanchita's view on the Straits Times Forum Page could be found here.

Can the China-led AIIB Support the ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan, by ASC's Sanchita Basu Das for ISEAS Perspective #30/2015 published on 24 June 2015. Click here for the full ISEAS Perspective issue.

China’s Three-Pronged Strategy on Regional Connectivity, by ASC’s Sanchita Basu Das for the Kyoto Review on Southeast Asia's Young Academic's Voice edition of 1 June 2015. The full article is available on the Kyoto Review's website at this direct link. or click here.

Asean Peacekeeping Force? Points to ponder, by ISEAS Senior Fellow Tang Siew Mun for the Straits Times edition of 28 May 2015. Please click here to read the article.

AEC should be seen as a work in progress, by Sanchita Basu Das for the Business Times edition of 20 May 2015. Read the article in full here. 

ASEAN Economic Community Needs Higher Transparency, by ASC’s Sanchita Basu Das for the Business Times edition of 5 May 2015. The full article is here.

ASEAN's "strongest rebuke" to China, by ISEAS Senior Fellow Tang Siew Mun for the Straits Times edition of 1 May 2015. Full text can be accessed here.
  
Singapore's Economic Development Board on Unlocking ASEAN's Manufacturing Potential, including a contribution by ASC's Sanchita Basu Das. Click here for the EDB report.

The Significance of the 2015 U.S. State of the Union Address for Southeast Asia, by ISEAS Senior Fellow Tang Siew Mun and ASC’s Sanchita Basu Das, for ISEAS Perspective #16/2015 published on 17 March 2015. Click here for the full ISEAS Perspective issue.

An ASEAN Maritime Alliance and an increased role for India in the South China Sea?
The Diplomat reports in its article ASEAN Patrols in the South China Sea? that Vice Admiral Robert Thomas of the US Navy Seventh Fleet suggested ASEAN member states form a combined maritime force to patrol parts of the South China Sea. Separately, Singapore has called for India to play a bigger role in the South China Sea. This was reported by Bloomberg in India Should Play Bigger Role in South China Sea, Says Singapore, including comments from ISEAS Senior Fellow Ian Storey.

Asean integration a work in progress, not an 'illusion' – Amb. K Kesavapany for the Straits Times on 12 March 2015, in response to Amb. Barry Desker’s view on ASEAN integration remains an illusion carried in the Straits Times on 6 March 2015.  Click here for Amb Kesavapany’s article as published by The Straits Times. 

The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has published two policy briefs on institutional issues to be tackled for ASEAN's community-building goals, and on ASEAN Centrality, available for download on the SIIA’s website at these links: Strengthening ASEAN Institutions for AEC 2015 and Beyond, and ASEAN Centrality in the Regional Architecture.  

Asean's missing links need to be bridged, by ASC’s Moe Thuzar the Straits Times S.E.A. View column of 5 March 2015. Click here to read the article as published by The Straits Times.

The Feasibility of an ASEAN Customs Union Post-2015ISEAS Perspective #13/2015 published 4 March 2015.  This Perspective is based on the findings of an ISEAS working paper co-authored by ASC's Sanchita Basu Das; Dr Rahul Sen, Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Law, Auckland University of Technology; and Sadhana Srivastava, Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Law, Auckland University of Technology. Click here to read the issue, and Click here to read the full working paper published by ISEAS on 17 February 2015.

ASEAN falling short of aim for an integrated community, an opinion piece carried by Today’s 3 March 2015 edition.  Click here for the full article by Today.

ASEAN Economic Community Calls For Seamless Implementation, an article by The Bernama carried on 28 February 2015, quoting ASC's Sanchita Basu Das on the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which is part of ASEAN's community-building efforts. The article entitled "The ASEAN Economic Community: An Economic and Strategic Project" is re-published on the ISEAS website.  Click here for the full article by The Bernama.

How ASEAN is trying to end hunger and food insecurity, a Rappler.com article shared on 27 February 2015 on the issue of food shortage which continues to be a major challenge for the region, and one which could become worse amid rising food prices. click here for the full article.

Asean's peace and prosperity through the golden years
With ASEAN two years away from its golden anniversary, The South China Morning Post shared an opinion piece on 26 February 2015, assessing ASEAN's growth over the years. Click here for the full article.

Prospects for ASEAN Peacekeeping Force or a Maritime Alliance?
The Diplomat (25 February 2015) suggests Malaysia which is currently chairing ASEAN may want to revisit the idea of building an ASEAN peacekeeping force at this link. The Center for International Maritime Security suggests in this article that tensions in the South China Seas may prompt member states to develop a maritime alliance, suggesting that their existing fleets may complement each other's capabilities.

ASEAN Community 2015: What’s In It For the Region? - ISEAS Perspective #9/2015 published on 13 February 2015, by ASC's Moe Thuzar.  Click here to read the Perspective issue.

ASEAN Eyes Closer Military Ties in 2015, an article in the Diplomat carried on 14 February 2015.
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ASEAN Economic Community offers Cambodia a leg up, an analysis carried by the East Asia Forum on 11 February 2015. Click here for the full article by the East Asia Forum.

[Video] ChannelNews Asia: ASEAN's Priorities – On 6 February 2015, ASC's Moe Thuzar and Mark Valencia, a maritime policy analyst and political commentator shared their views in a session of ChannelNewsAsia's Between the Lines series discussing “ASEAN's Priorities”. Click here to play the video.

The Missing Statistic Revealing Strong US-ASEAN Ties, by ISEAS Senior Fellow Malcolm Cook for East-West Center’s Asia Matters for America online edition of 4 February 2015. The US's largest growth of FDI by region is to Southeast Asia. Click here for the full article.

ASEAN Political-Security Community ‘still a distant goal’ - Today
The Today edition of 31 January carries an article that the ASEAN Political Security Community is as yet a "distant goal". Click here for the article published by Today.

ASEAN Countries Urged To Stand Up To China Over South China Sea - IBT
Concerns were raised by ASEAN Foreign Ministers over China's land reclamation in the South China Sea. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said "Our inaction on this would undermine the principle of centrality, since we are unable to address in a unified and collective way such a critical issue in our own backyard".  Click here for the full article by the International Business Times

Keeping the momentum of Asean's community-building - Straits Times edition of 2 February 2015.  Click here for the full opinion piece by The Straits Times

AEC not just about the economics, by ASC’s Sanchita Basu Das for the East Asia Forum, carried online on 31 January 2015.  Click here to read the full article on the East Asia Forum page.

The ASEAN Economic Community: An Economic and Strategic Project - ISEAS Perspective #4/2015 published 29 January 2015.  ASC's Sanchita Basu Das discusses the strategic relevance of the AEC as part of ASEAN's community-building efforts. Click here to read the full issue.

Malaysia spells out goals as new ASEAN Chair
Analysts speaking with the Straits Times expect Malaysia to push for the Code of Conduct with China on territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea, but ISEAS Deputy Director Dr Ooi Kee Beng suggested that Malaysia is unlikely to push for its own territorial claims.  Click here for the full article of 29 January 2015, by Shannon Teoh of the Straits Times.

Analyses: ASEAN Under Malaysia's Chairmanship"
With Malaysia chairing ASEAN this year under the theme of 'a people-centered ASEAN, The Diplomat suggested in its article Can Malaysia Shape ASEAN Beyond 2015? that Malaysia is likely to push for deeper integration among member states. On the issue of the South China Sea, The Establishment Post suggested that Malaysia is likely to be able to balance national and regional interests: Malaysia and the South China Sea: Will KL Abandon its Hedging Policy?

Indonesia Deposits Instrument of Ratification of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution – 20 January 2015, ASEAN Secretariat. With this, all ten ASEAN member states have ratified the agreement. Click here for the official news report on ASEAN's website.

The ASEAN Economy In the Regional Context: Opportunities, Challenges, and Policy Options  by Giovanni Capannelli for the Asia Development Bank (ADB)’s Working Paper series on Regional Economic Integration. Click here for the full paper published by the ADB online.

“Keeping the Faith: A Study of Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Religion in ASEAN” – an ASEAN-wide study launched in January 2015 by the Human Rights Resource Centre, a non-profit academic centre headquartered at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. Details at this link

Japan targets Southeast Asia in jostle for regional economic sway - Financial Times edition of 11 January 2015. To read a PDF of the full article, click here. For the article carried by the Financial Times, click here.

Economic integration crucial for Asean – Today’s 9 January 2015 edition reported on the Keynote Speech made at the ISEAS Regional Outloook Forum on 8 January 2015 by Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large, Singapore. For the full report, click here.

Three wishes for the New Year, by Professor Tommy Koh for the Straits Times edition of 3 January 2015, includes a wish for ASEAN’s positive role as a convenor and facilitator for regional forums and institutions.   The full article is available here.

ASEAN economic integration faces tough road ahead – Today edition of 6 January 2015.  Click here to read the full article published by Today.

Asean Way Lights Path Ahead for Region, by ISEAS Deputy Director Ooi Kee Beng for the Straits Times edition of 5 January 2015. Click here to read the full article by The Straits Times.