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"Bangladesh is Right to Delay the Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees" by Su-Ann Oh

2018/6, 24 January 2018 The repatriation of Rohingya refugees (referred to as Bengali in Myanmar) from Bangladesh to Myanmar was slated to begin on 23 January but has been postponed by the Bangladesh government amid concerns about the repatriation procedures and the unwillingness of the refugees to return. Beyond these,…
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"US Navy FONOP at Scarborough Shoal Symptom of Growing Sino-US Competition" by Ian Storey

2018/5, 22 January 2018 On Wednesday 17 January, the US Navy conducted its first freedom of navigation operation (FONOP) of 2018 in the South China Sea—and its fifth under President Trump—when the destroyer USS Hopper sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal, a small atoll 120 miles west of…
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"Jokowi’s Third Cabinet Reshuffle to Bring Closer Alliance with Golkar and the Military" by Charlotte Setijadi

2018/4, 19 January 2018 President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s third cabinet reshuffle was finally announced on Wednesday 17 January 2018. Long-awaited and a subject of speculation since the first half of last year, the reshuffle is much smaller in scale than many had expected, with only four changes in the president’s…
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"Southeast Asia Receives a Mixed Scorecard from International Piracy Watchdog for 2017" by Ian Storey

2018/3, 17 January 2018 The International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual report for 2017 on the worldwide piracy and sea robbery situation paints a mixed picture for Southeast Asia, though the overall trends are largely positive. Of the 180 reported incidents of actual and attempted acts of maritime violence across the…
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"PH’s Unprecedented Demonstration of Opposition Unity" by Norshahril Saat

2018/2, 8 January 2018 On 7 January, Malaysia’s opposition coalition, PH (Pact of Hope) held its first ever convention. Attendees include delegates from four political parties: Amanah (National Trust Party), DAP (Democratic Action Party), PKR (People’s Justice Party) and PBBM (Malaysian United Indigenous Party). The meeting is an important milestone…
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"Myanmar-China Relations in 2018: Enter the Dragon" by Ye Htut

2018/1, 5 January 2018 While the United States and other Western democracies are discussing the feasibility of imposing targeted sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya issue, China is quietly working on further broadening and deepening its cooperation with Myanmar. A flurry of recent bilateral visits back and forth illustrate China’s…
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"The US National Security Strategy Sheds Light on how the US Views Southeast Asia" by Jason Salim

2017/72, 21 December 2017 The National Security Strategy as unveiled by US President Donald Trump on 18 December 2017 is the first cogent iteration of his foreign policy agenda since taking office in January this year. Transcending beyond President Trump’s speeches and Twitter comments as well as the often-conflicting remarks…
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"New Leader to Help Improve Golkar’s Popularity" by Ulla Fionna

2017/71, 8 December 2017 Yorrys Raweyai, former Coordinator for Political, Legal and Security Affairs for the Golkar Party Central Committee and an important party figure, recently shared his views on the problems facing the party at a seminar held at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. The Golkar Party needs to dramatically improve…
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"Australia Puts Southeast Asia at the Centre of Growing US-China Strategic Rivalry" by Ian Storey

2017/70, 30 November 2017 Australia’s recently released Foreign Policy White Paper situates Southeast Asia at the nexus of an increasingly “complex and contested” Indo-Pacific region where China’s rising power and influence is challenging America’s strategic dominance and putting the rules based order under strain. The white paper describes Southeast Asia’s…
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"Setya Novanto Saga Embarrassing and Damaging for Golkar and Jokowi" by Charlotte Setijadi

2017/69, 28 November 2017 House Speaker and Golkar Chairman Setya Novanto’s attempts to evade the Corruption Eradication Commission‘s (KPK) investigation into his alleged involvement in the national electronic identification card (e-KTP) graft scandal seem to be never-ending. Since first named as a suspect in the US$173 million corruption case in…
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