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"Southeast Asia Receives a Mixed Scorecard from International Piracy Watchdog for 2017" by Ian Storey

2018/3, 17 January 2018 The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual report for 2017 on the worldwide piracy and sea robbery situation paints a mixed picture for Southeast Asia, though the overall trends are largely positive. Of the 180 reported incidents of actual and attempted acts of maritime violence across the…
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"PH’s Unprecedented Demonstration of Opposition Unity" by Norshahril Saat

2018/2, 8 January 2018 On 7 January, Malaysia’s opposition coalition, PH (Pact of Hope) held its first ever convention. Attendees include delegates from four political parties: Amanah (National Trust Party), DAP (Democratic Action Party), PKR (People’s Justice Party) and PBBM (Malaysian United Indigenous Party). The meeting is an important milestone…
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"Myanmar-China Relations in 2018: Enter the Dragon" by Ye Htut

2018/1, 5 January 2018 While the United States and other Western democracies are discussing the feasibility of imposing targeted sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya issue, China is quietly working on further broadening and deepening its cooperation with Myanmar. A flurry of recent bilateral visits back and forth illustrate China’s…
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"The US National Security Strategy Sheds Light on how the US Views Southeast Asia" by Jason Salim

2017/72, 21 December 2017 The National Security Strategy as unveiled by US President Donald Trump on 18 December 2017 is the first cogent iteration of his foreign policy agenda since taking office in January this year. Transcending beyond President Trump’s speeches and Twitter comments as well as the often-conflicting remarks…
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"New Leader to Help Improve Golkar’s Popularity" by Ulla Fionna

2017/71, 8 December 2017 Yorrys Raweyai, former Coordinator for Political, Legal and Security Affairs for the Golkar Party Central Committee and an important party figure, recently shared his views on the problems facing the party at a seminar held at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. The Golkar Party needs to dramatically improve…
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"Australia Puts Southeast Asia at the Centre of Growing US-China Strategic Rivalry" by Ian Storey

2017/70, 30 November 2017 Australia’s recently released Foreign Policy White Paper situates Southeast Asia at the nexus of an increasingly “complex and contested” Indo-Pacific region where China’s rising power and influence is challenging America’s strategic dominance and putting the rules based order under strain. The white paper describes Southeast Asia’s…
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"Setya Novanto Saga Embarrassing and Damaging for Golkar and Jokowi" by Charlotte Setijadi

2017/69, 28 November 2017 House Speaker and Golkar Chairman Setya Novanto’s attempts to evade the Corruption Eradication Commission‘s (KPK) investigation into his alleged involvement in the national electronic identification card (e-KTP) graft scandal seem to be never-ending. Since first named as a suspect in the US$173 million corruption case in…
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"The ASEAN "Consensus” on Migrant Workers: not Ideal but a Basis to Continue Working" by Moe Thuzar

2017/68, 16 November 2017 Ten years after the adoption of the Declaration on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers in ASEAN in February 2007 under the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN, the ASEAN heads of state/government have signed the ASEAN Consensus on the Promotion and Protection of…
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“Trump Changes his Mind on his First EAS Meeting in Asia” by Tang Siew Mun

 2017/67, 7 November 2017 One thing we have come to expect from US President Donald Trump is to expect the unexpected. A case in point is Trump’s last minute change of mind on his participation in the East Asia Summit (EAS) on 14 November 2017. The Trump Administration scored some…
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"Aung San Suu Kyi Needs to Take an Inclusive Approach to Conflict Resolution in Rakhine" by Ye Htut

2017/66, 5 November 2017 Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi made a surprise one day visit to conflict-ridden Maungtaw district of Rakhine state last Thursday, her first visit since ARSA attacked 30 police posts on 25 August. Her visit was intended to reduce international pressure on Myanmar on the…
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