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“Can China Actually Broker Ceasefires and Peace in Myanmar?” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2020/5, 16 January 2020 China’s growing role in helping to ‘negotiate’ ceasefires and peace between Myanmar’s military and government on the one hand and the country’s ethnic armed groups on the other hand is a fact. It has led to expectations that China can help broker peace in Myanmar. But…
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“A New Chapter in Thailand’s Politics” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2020/4, 15 January 2020The ease with which the coalition government led by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has passed the second and final third readings of Thailand’s 2020 budget bill in the House of Representatives heralds the start of a new chapter in the country’s politics.
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“The ‘Fighting Peacock’ in Myanmar Enters 2020 in a Fighting Mode” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2020/3, 15 January 2020 Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party has entered the election year of 2020 in a fighting mode. The party, which uses the symbol of a fighting peacock, now seems to be acting in the spirit of that symbol.
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"Deadly Clash Brings Vietnam's Land Disputes into the Spotlight" by Le Hong Hiep

2020/2, 14 January 2020 On 9 January 2020, a clash between protestors and the police over a longstanding land dispute in Dong Tam village in suburban Hanoi left three police officers and one villager killed, and another civilian injured. The incident, which is the most lethal one in years, highlighted…
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"Vietnam’s Dilemma in Dealing with Laos’ Mekong Hydropower Dams" by Le Hong Hiep

2020/1, 7 January 2020 On 4 January 2020, during the 42nd meeting of the Vietnam – Laos Inter-Governmental Committee, Electricity Vietnam (EVN), Vietnam’s state power utility, signed five contracts to purchase from Laos’ Phongsubthavy Group and Chealun Sekong Group 1.5 billion kWh of electricity a year for two years starting…
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"AIIB vs ADB Memberships: Larger and Smaller" by Malcolm Cook

2019/109, 26 December 2019At the end of its third year, the China-led Asian Infrastructure Bank already has many more members than the 53-year old Japan-led Asian Development Bank. This is clearly a measure of AIIB success and a useful reminder that Asia is a flexible contingent idea.
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“Will There Be No Elections in Rakhine State in 2020?” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2019/108, 20 December 2019 The chief of the Myanmar insurgent group the Arakan Army (AA), Major General Tun Myat Naing, said on 17 December 2019 that the organisation of voting in Rakhine State during the general elections due in late 2020 would require the group’s ‘permission’. This ‘bold’ statement from…
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"President Duterte’s China Benefits" by Malcolm Cook

2019/107, 12 December 2019 Philippine hotels, casinos, airport vendors and banana and pineapple farmers are some of the direct beneficiaries of President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal embrace of China and persistent pursuit of better diplomatic relations with the Philippines’ third largest export market. As with President Macapagal-Arroyo some fifteen years ago,…
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“A Dilemma of Political Survival in Thailand” by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

2019/106, 11 December 2019 The decision of Thailand’s ruling regime, under the leadership of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, to bring ‘money politics’ back into parliament in order to ensure the regime’s survival will leave the country trapped in a maze.
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“The Return of Cut-Throat Money Politics in Thailand” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/105, 10 December 2019 The government of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha narrowly averted yet another crisis in the House of Representatives on 4 December — this time with support from 10 defectors from the opposition. The incident, however, accentuated the vulnerability of Thailand’s ruling coalition of 18 parties, but…
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