Malaysia’s political malaise

Malaysia’s leadership troubles could provide a valuable lesson for other middle-income countries on the importance of effective leadership to sustain long term growth. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has denied allegations of corruption made by The Wall Street Journal. But can a leader an.......

Greg Lopez

30/October/2016, Commentaries

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Solving Northeast Asian security

North Korea’s fifth nuclear test in early September 2016 has intensified the security predicament in Northeast Asia. China faces a strategic dilemma: deal with North Korea’s repeated nuclear provocations while responding to South Korea’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) .......

Kai He and Huiyun Feng

27/October/2016 Commentaries

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A Framework for Understanding Roles of Official Development Assistance in Development – General Review and Experiences of Cambodia

Nhean Tola and Chea Sophak[1]   1)  The ODA Situation in Cambodia Since The Paris Peace Accords in 1991, Cambodia has received a substantial amount of official development assistance (ODA) to finance its development needs. The total annual ODA disbursement increased from around U.......

Nhean Tola and Chea Sophak

19/October/2016, Commentaries

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ASEAN Division on the South China Sea: How Can Cambodia Avoid Being a Scapegoat?

ASEAN has time and time again suffered from stalemates on the South China Sea. At the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in the Lao capital Vientiane on 24-26 July 2016, ASEAN foreign ministers struggled to reach a consensus on the wording of a joint communiqué related to the South .......

Cheunboran Chanborey

07/October/2016, Commentaries

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ADMM Plus: A solution to great power rivalry in the South China Sea?

The ASEAN Defence Minister’s Meeting Plus (ADMM-Plus) is a cooperative mechanism of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that aims to promote mutual trust, understanding, dialogue and transparency in the field of security for ASEAN member states and the affiliates that comprise t.......

Mathew Bukit

24/August/2016, Commentaries

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Cambodia Caught in the North-South Korea Dispute

The international crisis over North Korea’s nuclear program is entering a more dangerous phase, recasting the geopolitics of the region and posing increasingly difficult policy choices for the world in general and Cambodia in particular. North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test and a l.......

Var Veasna

30/July/2016, Commentaries

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China’s achieving hegemony is easier said than done

Most of us have never known a world where the United States was not the preeminent power. Now things are starting to look rather different. Not only is much of the global economy stuck in an underperforming rut, but there is also an alternative, seemingly more successful, model of economic developme.......

Mark Beeson

28/July/2016, Commentaries

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How should Southeast Asia respond to the South China Sea ruling?

Southeast Asia has descended into a maritime insecurity spiral since the April–June 2012 stand-off at Scarborough Shoal between Chinese maritime security forces and the Philippine Navy, which motivated Manila to initiate legal arbitration proceedings in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitr.......

Evelyn Goh

20/July/2016, Commentaries

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Asian-led financial bodies needn’t compete with current players

The first half of 2016 saw two notable steps in the development of regional financial institutions in Asia. The first occurred on 9 February 2016 when the ASEAN +3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO), the independent surveillance unit of the ASEAN+3 coun- tries,  was upgraded from a company re.......

Pradumna B Rana

11/July/2016, Commentatries

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Securitization in the West and in Southeast Asia

Securitization refers to the act by which a party, usually a government in the case of Southeast Asia (SEA), brings threats to the forefront of public discussion with the intent to pass extraordinary legislation beyond the scope of established political norms. This process consolidates a perceived e.......

Mathew Bukit

06/July/2016, Commentaries

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