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"The Indonesian House of Representatives Confronts the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK): Will it Blink?" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2017/41, 7 July 2017 Indonesian anti-graft agency, the Corruption Eradication Commission - or KPK, is under pressure by the House of Representatives which has mounted an inquiry (hak angket) against it. Under Law No. 17/2014, the House can investigate how a law or government policy which has important and strategic…
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"Martial Law in Mindanao: Length and Scope (2)" by Malcolm Cook

2017/40, 5 July 2017Three recent developments further clarify the likely length and scope of the imposition of martial law and the lifting of the writ of habeas corpus across all of Mindanao: Yesterday, the Supreme Court, in an 11-3-1 verdict, upheld the constitutionality of President Duterte’s 23 May declaration of…
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"Trump and America’s Image a Mixed Bag in Key Southeast Asia Countries", by Ian Storey

2017/39, 28 June 2017 Published on 26 June, the Pew Research Center’s survey of public opinions of President Donald Trump and America in 37 countries shows that Trump, his policies and character are widely unpopular across the world and that America’s image has suffered accordingly. Only 22% have confidence in…
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"New Tensions in Vietnam – China Relations?" by Le Hong Hiep

2017/38, 20 June 2017 Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Fan Changlong paid an official visit to Vietnam from 18 to 19 June 2017. He also planned to join Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich to preside over border exchange activities between the two militaries to be held in…
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Why was Thailand’s Prime Minister Absent in the Belt and Road Initiative Summit? by Pongphisoot Busbarat

2017/37, 9 June 2017 Recently, there were a lot of questions as to why the Singapore Prime Minister was not present at the recent Belt and Road (BRI) Summit held in Beijing during 14-15 May 2017. This is especially when Singapore is located in the maritime silk road. Similar questions…
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"Pancasila Task Force: Re-inculcation Strategy to Counter Intolerant and Fundamentalist Ideologies in Indonesia" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2017/36, 5 June 2017 As an effort to clamp down on fundamentalism and intolerance, the Indonesian government has introduced new measures to re-inculcate Pancasila, which upholds pluralism and inclusiveness, as the sole national ideology. In his speech during Pancasila Day on June 1, President Joko Widodo established UKP-PIP, a special…
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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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