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"Moro Counter-terrorism" by Malcolm Cook

2017/55, 12 September 2017 The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the largest insurgent group in Muslim Mindanao and the one that has been involved in peace negotiations with the Philippine government for the past two decades, has stepped up its ‘armed offensives’ against local Islamic State-affiliated terrorist groups. This is…
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"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Rohingya Seeking Refuge in Bangladesh" by Su-Ann Oh

2017/54, 5 September 2017The maelstrom of militant attacks, civilian reprisals and government security crackdowns in western Rakhine, Myanmar has brought about another surge of Rohingya arrivals, or Bengalis as the local population calls them, in Bangladesh. It has been reported that almost 90 000 have crossed into Bangladesh, with between…
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"The Downward Spiral of Violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar" by Su-Ann Oh

2017/53, 31 August 2017Tensions in western Rakhine State, Myanmar have escalated to a potential tipping point. This past weekend, 30 police posts and an army base were attacked by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), resulting in the death of more than 100 people, mostly militants. This comes on the…
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"Realities of the Rakhine Issue in Myanmar" by Ye Htut

2017/52, 29 August 2017 On 23 August 2016 Myanmar’s de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announced the formation of an Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. This Commission, established on 5 September 2016, is led by former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and with three international and…
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"Of Sand, Security and Cold Hard Cash" by Serina Rahman

2017/51, 24 August 2017In varying but little noticed reports a week ago, it was announced that Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states in India will soon begin importing sand from Malaysia and Cambodia. The reports cited the difficulty that these states have in ensuring enough sand for local construction and development…
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"Peace Process Problems in Muslim Mindanao" by Malcolm Cook

2017/50, 22 August 2017The Marawi City siege is the latest symptom of the profound political alienation of Muslim Mindanao. Both the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Duterte administration have publicly stated that the solution to this alienation includes the creation of a Bangsamoro regional autonomous government along the…
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"Vietnam and ASEAN Re-lift the Bar for South China Sea Statements" by Le Hong Hiep

2017/49, 8 August 2017The 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) last week managed to issue a joint communiqué that contains stronger language on the South China Sea than the Chairman’s Statement issued at the 30th ASEAN Summit last April. By emphasizing, for example, “the importance of non-militarization and self-restraint in the…
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"Will ASEAN and China Move Beyond the COC Framework?" by Jason Salim

2017/48, 8 August 2017There was no shortage of good news for Asean coming out of the 50th Asean Foreign Ministers’ Meeting that took place over the weekend in Manila, the Philippines, especially with regards to its relations with China. Not only did the Joint Communique include strong and firm language…
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"ASEAN back on track on the South China Sea" by Hoang Thi Ha

2017/47, 8 August 2017 There was one thing that the 50th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM) did not disappoint: bringing ASEAN’s position on the South China Sea (SCS) back on track. In April, Manila set a low bar in this respect by failing to register the regional concerns on land…
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“Huang Jing Case a Test of Nation Building” by Benjamin Loh

2017/46, 7 August 2017 The revocation of the Singapore permanent residency of a prominent US Chinese academic has captured the media headlines both local and abroad. Branded an “agent of influence” of an unnamed foreign country by the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs on 4 August, the revocation is a…
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