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"APEC Plans for Workers to Thrive and Cope in the Digital Age" by Lee Hwok Aun

2017/35, 1 June 2017 APEC’s Framework on Human Resource Development in the Digital Age, conceived at a High-Level Policy Dialogue in Hanoi on 15 May, is timely and important (click here). The proliferation of the digital economy, popularly known as Industrial Revolution 4.0, presents immense opportunities and challenges for the…
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"Vietnam’s Continued Balancing Act" by Le Hong Hiep

2017/34, 30 May 2017Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is paying an official visit to the United States from 29 to 31 May 2017. The visit is an important opportunity for Vietnam to further strengthen its ties with the US and showcases Vietnam’s continued efforts to walk the line between…
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"Martial Law in Mindanao: Length and Scope" by Malcolm Cook

2017/33, 29 May 2017 President Duterte’s 23 May declaration of martial law (and the suspension of the writ of habeus corpus) in Mindanao immediately sparked two questions; how long and how broad? Less than a week later, there are strong signs that President Duterte is considering extending martial law beyond…
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"APEC Trade Ministers Discussed Key Future Issues of Trade Agreements" by Sanchita Basu Das

2017/32, 29 May 2017 The trade ministers from the 21 APEC member economies met in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 20-21 May 2017. The meeting was of special relevance as it was the first international forum for Mr. Robert Lighthizer to attend as a confirmed US Trade Representative (USTR) under the Trump…
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"Myanmar’s Elusive Dream of Peace" by Ye Htut

2017/31, 29 May 2017 The second Union Peace Conference, popularly referred to as 21st Century Panglong, concluded on 29 May 2017 with no agreement on non- secession and unified federal army issues . In her opening speech, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi talked about “turning the dreams so long cherished…
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"US Conducts First FONOP in the South China Sea under Trump" by Ian Storey

2017/30, 26 May 2017On Wednesday 24 May the US Navy conducted its first “Freedom of Navigation Operation” (FONOP) in the South China Sea since President Trump took office in January. Although the FONOP has attracted much media attention, it is too early to tell whether it heralds a major ramping…
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"Martial Law in Mindanao" by Malcolm Cook

2017/29, 24 May 2017 On 23 May, while on a state visit to Russia, President Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao. The trigger for this was the temporary capture of much of the downtown area of Marawi City by Abu Sayyaf Group and Maute Group terrorists in response to an…
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"Vietnamese Catholics Protests over Environmental Issue: A Test for the State-Church Relationship" by Chung Van Hoang and Terence Chong

2017/28, 24 May 2017 Catholics have been protesting in the Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces of Central Vietnam since February 2017. The most recent incident in Nghe An saw several hundred Catholic protesters block the North-South national highway. The protest resulted in the damage of public property and up…
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"Are Problems in the South Spreading to Bangkok?", a Commentary by Puangthong Pawakapan

2017/27, 24 May 2017 Monday’s bombing of Bangkok's King Mongkut Hospital occurred on the third anniversary of Thailand's most recent coup d'etat, which saw a junta calling itself the the National Council for Peace and Order remove the caretaker Phuea Thai Party government. The NCPO continues to govern the country.…
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"Draft Framework on the Code of Conduct: Much Ado About Nothing?" by Tang Siew Mun

2017/26, 19 May 2017 ASEAN and China took their first hesitant step towards the long-awaited Code of Conduct on the South China Sea (COC) yesterday by concluding the draft framework on the Code of Conduct. It has been a full 15 years since ASEAN and China agreed to “reaffirm that…
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