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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Strategic partnerships: helping or hindering security?

Strategic partnerships are becoming central to the management of international security in the Asia-Pacific region. All the major powers and many of the minor ones have entered into multiple partnerships with both friends and potential strategic rivals. China, for instance, has cultivated close to 5.......

H. D. P. Envall and Ian Hall

28/June/2016, Commentaries

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"The Profits of Polling"

On June 23, millions of voters in the United Kingdom will venture out to the ballot box to decide whether their country has a better future inside or outside the European Union (EU). Regardless of whether the final verdict is for in or out, the British public can expect to be regularly updated wi.......

Scott Rawlinson

27/05/2016, Commentaries

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Mekong River Governance and ASEAN Community Building

The Mekong River Basin is the biggest inland fishery in the world. Sustainable governance of the Mekong River is vital to ASEAN Community building, given that the Mekong River basin is the lifeline of more than 60 million people. The river is the source of food security and livelihoods. Hydropowe.......

Chheang Vannarith

11/03/2016 Commentaries

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: What’s next for the Malaysian Economy?

Trans-Pacific Partnership: What’s next for the Malaysian Economy? The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a free trade agreement, consisting of signatories from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Mexico, Japan, Peru, Canada, Vietnam, United States, Singapore, Brunei and Malaysia, which.......

Zin Yao Lim

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Cambodia As A Force For Peace

On 07 January 2016, Cambodia marked 37 years since the collapse of the murderous Khmer Rouge regime, which was responsible for the death of millions of people and the utter destruction of the whole fabric of society. During the 1980s, Cambodia was engulfed in another protracted civil war, in which t.......

Kung Phoak

03/03/2016 Commentaries

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