South-East Asia’s complex big power relations demand careful and considered understanding, where frequent complications and familiar gut reactions do not help.
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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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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To appreciate how issues today had developed from the past is also to understand how they are likely to develop in the future.
Asia’s need for better infrastructure and more development is too important to be held to ransom by outdated big power politics and petty posturing.
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