Assessing the ASEAN Economic Community


March  24, 2017 Assessing the ASEAN Economic Community by Somkiat Tangkitvanich and Saowaruj Rattanakhamfu http://www.eastasiaforum.org Making Progress Slowly–The ASEAN Way East Asia continues to sustain a high level of economic integration, yet a significant proportion of intraregional trade is still uncovered by agreements to guard against current and possible future protectionism. Without multilateral movement under … Continue reading

Steve Bannon’s Political Mythology


March 23, 2017 Steve Bannon’s Political Mythology  does not stand up to strict rational analysis  by Nicholas Lemann @http://www.newyorker.com Steve Bannon is the keeper of the secret formula—that peculiar and potent mix of aggressive bluster and selective empathy—that enabled Donald Trump to be elected. It’s worth remembering how unlikely the success of the formula seemed … Continue reading

Cambodia: Stability, Security and Economic Growth amidst Geo-Political Uncertainties remains top priority


March 22, 2017 Cambodia: Stability, Security and Economic Growth amidst Geo-Political Uncertainties remains top priority by Dr. Sorpong Peou http://www.newmandala.org Cambodia’s ruling party is seeking to shore up its chances of electoral success with recent changes to the rules governing political parties, Sorpong Peou writes. Much has been written about the Cambodian culture of impunity … Continue reading

Malaysia-North Korea Diplomatic Row–Wisma Putra left out of the loop as confusion reigns


March 21, 2017 Malaysia-North Korea Diplomatic Row–Wisma Putra left out of the loop as confusion reigns by Dennis Ignatius Is Foreign Minister Anifah Aman  being left out the loop? In just one day, the continuing confusion and conflicting messaging relating to the ongoing standoff with North Korea was aptly captured on a single page of … Continue reading

East Asia must now overcome its geo-political challenges


March 20, 2017 East Asia must now overcome its geo-political challenges by Jean-Pierre Lehmann http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/01/in-search-of-an-east-asian-geopolitical-miracle/ East Asia has amazed the world with its economic miracles. But the region must now overcome its geopolitical challenges.  In the wake of World War II, Japan was widely assumed to be ‘finished’, South Korea was a basket case of … Continue reading

The Padang Rengas Debate


March 20, 2017 COMMENT: I liken this Padang Rengas debate to  Gunfight at OK Coral. It is an encounter between old gunfighter looking for his last hurrah and a young, ambitious and astute gunslinger who knows that his adversary is no longer fast on the draw.  Advantage Nazri Aziz. The debate has been aptly described … Continue reading