Summitry can be overdone and self defeating


June 22, 2018 Summitry can be overdone and self defeating by Bunn Nagara@www.thestar.com Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit: Football Diplomacy TOP meetings of political leaders are supposed to mean something important and special. However, such meetings of leaders at their respective peaks, or summits, tend to be overdone by many countries for their perceived glamour value. Even … Continue reading

2018 Cambodian Elections: What Lies Ahead


July 22, 2018 2018 Cambodian Elections: What Lies Ahead by  Vannarith Chheang, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute “Speaking the truth, acknowledging facts and seeking holistic solutions are key values that the CPP must embrace in order to strengthen public trust in the government. The ingrained culture of sycophancy that has protected leaders and stifled fresh ideas will … Continue reading

Aung San Suu Kyi was never the Heroine of Human Rights Community


July 21, 2018 Aung San Suu Kyi was never the Heroine of Human Rights Community by Napat Rungsrithananaon http://www.asiasentinel.com Talk is cheap; Action demands Courage and Compassion, Madam Before coming to power in a landslide victory for her party, the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi was widely perceived as the embodiment of … Continue reading

American Fascism: Reading the signs of the times


July 21, 2018 American Fascism: Reading the signs of the times By Ian Buruma “…freedoms must be defended, which is possible only when the threats are seen clearly. The moment people stop believing that the demagogues can be prevented from doing their worst is the moment we can be sure that it is already too … Continue reading

The End of NATO?


July 21, 2018 US Foreign Policy: The End of NATO? by Carl Bildt http://www.project-syndicate.org US President Donald Trump escalated his war on US alliances and multilateral institutions at NATO’s summit in Brussels and then at his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. There is now little doubt that Trump’s strange affinity for Putin … Continue reading

The Trump-Putin Summit and the Death of American Foreign Policy


July 21, 2018 The Trump-Putin Summit and the Death of American Foreign Policy by Susan Glasser https://www.newyorker.com Days after Helsinki, the Russians claim big “agreements” were reached, and Washington is silent.Photograph by Win McNamee / Getty   In the days since the Monday meeting in Helsinki, there’s been an understandable frenzy over President Trump’s post-summit … Continue reading