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"Trump’s Foreign Policy - Uncertainty Abounds" by Daljit Singh

2018/39, 10 April 2018Donald Trump’s election as President in November 2016 caused great consternation among allies and friends of the US. His ‘’America First’’ slogan portended retreat from America’s alliances, trade protectionism and pull back from multilateral trade agreements. However his first year in office ending in January 2018, in…
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"Malaysia’s GE14 Promises Suspenseful Weeks Ahead" by Lee Hwok-Aun

2018/38, 9 April 2018 Prime Minister Najib Razak dissolved parliament on Saturday, 7 April, paving the way for Malaysia’s 14th general elections. State governments will follow suit in the days ahead, except for Sarawak which held its elections in 2016. The Election Commission will then announce candidate nomination and polling…
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"What drives Vietnam’s public security forces restructuring?" by Le Hong Hiep

2018/37, 6 April 2018 Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced on 2 April 2018 that the Politburo of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) had approved a blueprint for the restructuring of the Ministry. The blueprint, prepared by the MPS itself, proposes to abolish the Ministry’s six existing general…
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"North Sumatra’s 2018 gubernatorial election, the key battle-ground which reflects national politics" by Deasy Simandjuntak

2018/36, 6 April 2018On 27 June 2018, Indonesian voters in 171 regions will flock to their local ballots to vote for governors, district-heads and mayors. With 152 million voters this year, it will be one of the largest one-day elections in the world.Regions under contest include Indonesia’s most populous provinces:…
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"A “new generation” leader for Myanmar’s National League for Democracy?" by Ye Htut

2018/35, 5 April 2018Following the surprise resignation of President Htin Kyaw on 21 March 2018, Myanmar’s Parliament elected lower-house speaker Mr Win Myint as President, and swore him in on 30 March. Under Myanmar’s current political set-up, it is relevant to ponder what the role of the new president is.…
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"Caught between a crocodile and a snake, some Rohingya refugees choose the deep blue sea" by Su-Ann Oh

2018/34, 4 April 2018 In the refugee camps in Bangladesh, there is a common saying that the choice between living in Myanmar or fleeing to refugee camps in Bangladesh is akin to that between a crocodile and a snake. Almost 900 000 Rohingya, or Bengali as they are referred to…
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"US Conducts 6th South China Sea FONOP under Trump" by Ian Storey

2018/33, 27 March 2018 On 23 March 2018, the US Navy destroyer USS Mustin conducted a “freedom of navigation operation” (FONOP) in the South China Sea by sailing within 12 nautical miles of Chinese-controlled Mischief Reef in the contested Spratly Islands. Over the past few years, China has constructed extensive…
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"Cambodia-China Military Drills Highlight Deepening Bilateral Relations" by Ian Storey

2018/32, 20 March 2018 On 17 March 2018, the armed forces of Cambodia and China began two weeks of combined military exercises to celebrate 60 years of bilateral relations. The “Golden Dragon 2018” exercises are taking place in Kampong Speu province and involve 307 personnel from the Royal Cambodian Armed…
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"Australia in ASEAN: Vision or Fantasy?" by Hoang Thi Ha

2018/31, 19 March 2018 When Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his support for Australia to join ASEAN in his interview with Fairfax Media on 15 March, he was thinking way outside of the box, and literally outside the scope of the ASEAN Charter which reserves membership only for those states…
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"Will Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah Elect its Architect?" by Serina Rahman

2018/30, 19 March 2018 There is speculation as to whether former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will stand in Langkawi for GE 14. If he does, will the islanders go with the party that has always been in power or the personality seen as the driver behind Langkawi’s development. In fact,…
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