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"From Voting by Party to Voting for Candidates in Myanmar in 2020?" by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2019/90, 31 October 2019 Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party announced in late September that it would consider taking advice from ‘parents of towns’ (myomi myopha), or influential people in electoral constituencies, in selecting candidates for the national and regional polls due in November 2020. This decision has…
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“In Thailand, High-Speed Train, Low Speed Negotiations” by Sihasak Phuangketkeow

2019/89, 29 October 2019Thailand’s ambitious high-speed train project, intended to link the country’s three major airports, has finally taken off. The signing ceremony for the contract between the Charoen Pokphand Group (CP), Thailand’s leading conglomerate, and the State Railway of Thailand took place on 24 October at Government House. Witnessing…
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"As ASEAN and China Discuss a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea, America Looks on Sceptically" by Ian Storey

2019/88, 24 October 2019 Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, talks between ASEAN and China for a Code of Conduct (CoC) have continued. Some progress has been made. In July 2019 agreement was reached on a first draft (known as the First Reading) of the Code. Although no…
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“President Joko Widodo’s Cabinet: What it Tells us About his 2nd Term?” by Made Supriatma

2019/87, 24 October 2019 On 23 October, PRESIDENT Joko Widodo has announced his cabinet. The composition of this Cabinet is not radically different from the previous one. Jokowi retained 16 ministers (42%) from his previous Cabinet, with some taking on different ministries, 33 members of the new Cabinet are males…
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“Thai Army Chief Targets Opposition Politicians in His ‘Hybrid War’ Speech” by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

2019/86, 22 October 2019An overtly political speech delivered by Thai Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong on 11 October prompted strong reaction in the country for its partisan targeting of popular opposition politicians as threats to national security.
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"The Proliferation of Free Trade Disagreements (FTDs)" by Jayant Menon

2019/85, 21 October 2019It was not that long ago that trade economists were concerned about the effect that the proliferation of bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs) were having on the multilateral trading system. For instance, the number of bilateral FTAs in-effect involving at least one country from the Asia-Pacific, the…
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"Duterte’s Trip to Russia Results in Modest Gains" by Ian Storey

2019/84, 10 October 2019Since he assumed office in June 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged to pursue an “independent foreign policy” to reduce the country’s perceived overdependence on the US, increase its strategic autonomy and galvanize the economy. In pursuit of this policy, Duterte has paid two official visits…
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“Judge’s Gunshot Calls for Justice in Thailand’s Restive South” by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

2019/83, 9 October 2019 Judge Khanakorn Pianchana’s attempted suicide at the Yala Provincial Court last week is a dramatic wake up call to the need for justice in Thailand’s restive South. The judge shocking act was in protest against pressure to force him to sentence three of the five defendants…
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"Vietnam’s Infrastructure Development Dilemma: The China Factor" by Le Hong Hiep

2019/82, 8 October 2019 On 24 September 2019, Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport announced that it had cancelled an earlier international tender invitation for eight sections of the North – South Expressway project, which will be built under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model. More importantly, the Ministry decided to rule out foreign…
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"Uniquely Unimportant: Vietnam’s Trade with Southeast Asia" by Malcolm Cook

2019/81, 4 October 2019 Vietnam’s rise as a trading economy and important node in regional production chains over the last decade has greatly added to Southeast Asia’s economic dynamism and attractiveness to foreign capital. It has deepened and broadened Vietnam’s economic development and contributed to the ASEAN Community’s priority of…
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