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Mass Shooting: Thai Military in the Cross-Hairs

A mass shooting in Thailand has put the spotlight on the military’s involvement in business.
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Manila’s VFA Termination: A Win for China and Russia

Manila’s decision to withdraw from the 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States will benefit China and Russia. Russia’s attempt to cozy up to the Philippines, however, might not be wholly welcomed by Beijing.
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"Hun Sen’s China Visit: Love in the Time of Coronavirus" by Lye Liang Fook

2020/14, 10 February 2020 At a time when China is preoccupied with tackling the coronavirus and grappling with criticisms for its tardy initial response to contain the spread, it appears to have received a shot in the arm with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s visit to Beijing on February 5.…
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“No-Confidence Motion in Thailand: Collateral Damage” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2020/13, 6 February 2020The Thai opposition’s campaign to pressure Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha and five of his ministers is generating a blast of political hot air. Still, the joint motion calling for a no-confidence debate – which will be held at the end of February - might actually result…
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“New Peace Talks in Southern Thailand: a New Hope?” by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

2020/12, 5 February 2020 A plan to initiate dialogue between Thai authorities and the armed separatists of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) in Malaysia next month will bring a ray of hope to the predominantly Muslim Patani region of South Thailand. This, however, is predicated on stakeholders compromising for the…
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"America’s Polling Problems" by Malcolm Cook

2020/11, 23 January 2020 ISEAS’ State of Southeast Asia 2020 Survey Report of policy elites in the 10 Southeast Asian states is difficult reading for the USA for two reasons.
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“China’s Emphasis on Ties with Southeast Asia” by Lye Liang Fook

2020/10, 22 January 2020 Chinese President Xi Jinping embarked on a state visit to Myanmar in January 2020. Chinese media has highlighted the significance of the visit in strengthening the “Pauk-Phaw” (fraternal) friendship between the two countries as exemplified by the more than 30 agreements signed, and China’s support for…
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“The Future of the Future Forward Party Remains Uncertain” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2020/9, 22 January 2020 Thailand’s embattled Future Forward Party is not yet completely out of the woods, even after the 21 January ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court that it was “not guilty” of charges of sedition. The party still faces the more serious allegation that, in accepting 191 million…
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"China’s Polling Problems" by Malcolm Cook

2020/8, 21 January 2020 Three recent opinion polls on Asian views of China as a major power show China’s growing difficulty in translating its growing economic and strategic weight (hard power) into trust of China as a leading power (soft power). All three polls show very low levels of trust…
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“Don’t Underestimate Facebook Users in Myanmar” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2020/7, 20 January 2020 As Myanmar’s 2020 general elections approach, the prominence of fake news and hate speech on Facebook and the regulation of the use of that extremely popular social media platform for campaigning have become topics of frequent discussion in the country. But it is a mistake to…
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