A- A A+

"How ASEAN Supports the Korean Peninsula Peace Process" by Tang Siew Mun

2018/73, 14 June 2018 The historic meeting between US President, Donald Trump, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) State Affairs Commission Chairman, Mr Kim Jong Un, in Singapore on 12 June 2018, was the first ever between a sitting US President and a DPRK leader. The meeting produced…
View More Button

"President Trump’s Backward Steps on Forward Defense" by Malcolm Cook

2018/72, 13 June 2018 The commitment to forward defense by successive US administrations is the basis for the US network of alliances and security partnerships in East Asia. Forward defense posits that it is better to address potential overseas threats to the US homeland and deter potential overseas conflicts that…
View More Button

"Duterte’s China Problems" by Malcolm Cook

2018/71, 12 June 2018 President Duterte’s accommodationist approach to China and Chinese aggressive actions in the Philippine exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea is starting to run into domestic political problems. Chinese actions in the West Philippine Sea appear to contradict agreements President Duterte claims he has reached…
View More Button

“China’s Infrastructure Strategy under Review in Malaysia” by Tang Siew Mun

2018/70, 8 June 2018 Chinese mega-projects in Malaysia have come under intense scrutiny under the Pakatan Harapan government. Within weeks of taking over the government, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad pledged to review all mega-project deals signed by the Najib administration to ascertain their financial viability and the government’s ability to…
View More Button

"South China Sea Dominates 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue" by Ian Storey

2018/69, 6 June 2018 Although the much-anticipated meeting in Singapore between the leaders of the United States and North Korea was less than two weeks away, the Trump-Kim Summit did not overshadow the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) last weekend. Instead, the South China Sea dispute was front and centre in many…
View More Button

"America Pushes Back Against China in the South China Sea" by Ian Storey

2018/68, 28 May 2018Events over the past few days suggest that the Trump administration is following through on the pledge it made in its 2017 National Security Strategy to take a firmer line against China’s military activities in the South China Sea. On Sunday 27 May, two US warships conducted…
View More Button

"Vietnam under Increasing Pressure from China in the South China Sea" by Ian Storey

2018/67, 25 May 2018 Ever since Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, and implemented a series of policies designed to reduce friction with Beijing in the Spratly Islands in return for Chinese investment, Vietnam has become the frontline state among the Southeast Asian claimants in the South China…
View More Button

“The Surabaya Bombings Highlight Urgency to Ratify the Revisions to Indonesia’s Anti-terrorism Law” by Deasy Simandjuntak

2018/66, 17 May 2018 On Sunday morning, 13 March 2018, between 6.30-7.53am, suicide bombers carried out deadly attacks on three churches, namely the Santa Maria Tak Bercela Catholic Church, the Indonesian Christian Church at Diponegoro Street and the Pantekosta Church at Arjuno Street. At least 14 persons were killed and…
View More Button

"Pakatan’s Landslide Win in Selangor Thwarts BN Ploys" by Lee Hwok-Aun

2018/65, 17 May 2018 Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) colossal victory in GE14 sprang from a nationwide surge in its popularity and collapse of confidence in the 61-year ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) regime, but PH’s spectacular success in Selangor is exceptional. BN manipulated electoral boundaries to engineer favourable conditions, were most aggressive…
View More Button

“BN’s FELDA Vote Bank Running on Borrowed Time” by Geoffrey K. Pakiam

2018/64, 15 May 2018 Malaysia’s 2018 general elections saw unprecedented numbers of FELDA-occupied parliamentary constituencies rejecting politicians from Barisan Nasional (BN). In doing so, they have obliterated any lingering presumptions that most Peninsular rural voters – particularly in agricultural areas established by Malaysia’s Federal Land Development Authority – would invariably…
View More Button