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A region evolves with China

South-East Asia’s complex big power relations demand careful and considered understanding, where frequent complications and familiar gut reactions do not help.

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More woes for Myanmar

NOVEMBER 2015 was supposed to be the promising near future for Myanmar. It would have been the month for the freest election since 1990.

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Between two ideals

After all the claims and recriminations over the Iran nuclear deal, it boils down to whether a country really wants to have a deal or not.

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Seizing the Eurasian moment

While the West is distracted in the Gulf region and Ukraine, moves are afoot in parts of Asia and Europe to empower emerging regions in the future.

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Learning from the EU

The European Union remains the world’s most successful regional organisation, for now, even when Europe is experiencing possibly its worst twin crises.

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Vigilance still the key

SOUTH-EAST Asia still holds the promise of peace, stability and prosperity, but this familiar condition now requires an unfamiliar caution.

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The problem is the state

The litmus test of how governments and populations treat refugees and how Myanmar treats minority groups, is the pathetic plight of the Rohingya.

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Osama died ‘for Obama’s glory’

Where conspiracy practice has already become widespread, typically for selfish and cynical purposes, conspiracy theories themselves are no longer necessary.

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Unleashing Asean in the world

Despite problems among some countries in the region, Asean can be a catalyst for positive change when its citizens develop a shared sense of purpose.

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Regional issues in context

To appreciate how issues today had developed from the past is also to understand how they are likely to develop in the future.

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Asian development to the fore

Asia’s need for better infrastructure and more development is too important to be held to ransom by outdated big power politics and petty posturing.

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Policy hard sell turns hard

The attempt to modify Japan’s constitutional provisions on sending troops abroad for battle has become more difficult than the Abe government had expected.

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