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The G20 : should Europe give way to Asia?
As the G20 takes firmer shape and evolves as the premier world forum to manage the global economy and finance, fundamental shifts are taking place. It is time to ask whether Europe is over-represented and ...
New directions for ASEAN
As ASEAN foreign ministers prepare for their annual meetings next month in Hanoi, a number of key issues await to be resolved. Can the ministers preserve the ASEAN model of community building amidst the emergence of ...
Is Indonesia outgrowing ASEAN?
Indonesia’s democratisation has been accompanied by calls for a foreign policy that is not only more assertive but also more autonomous of ASEAN. Is the growing democracy also unleashing forces that will ...
ASEAN Plus eight defence cooperation : rise of a new player
The ground-breaking ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus Eight convened for the first time last week. The emergence of the ADMM Plus will have implications for ASEAN and the evolving regional security architecture.
Egypt's youth uprising : its global dimensions
Egypt’s current uprising is very much a rebellion of the youth. This sub-text cuts across a large swathe of North Africa and the Middle East, and to a certain extent, Asia as well. This global dimension of the youthful ...
Responsibility to protect : tensions between sovereignty and security
Responsibility to Protect was invoked to justify international intervention in Libya. But fundamental tensions were exposed in operationalising it since “failed” states are not necessarily weak states. Nevertheless, RtoP ...
Lee Kuan Yew and Suharto : how mutual trust fostered bilateral ties
The excellent relations between Indonesia and Singapore from the 1970s were fostered by the mutual trust that developed between President Suharto and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.
Japan's rising security challenges
Japan's decision to reinterpret its pacific constitution to allow the right to collective defence has angered China. It is crafting a more active role in security and defence in responsible to rising instability in Northeast Asia.
A new cold war?
The growing tensions around the world, including in East and Southeast Asia, are reminiscent of the old power play between the great powers. Are we headed towards a new Cold War?
Yasukuni shrine and museum: Japan’s WW2 responsibility
While the Yasukuni shrine memorialises Japan’s war dead its accompanying museum gives a revisionist view of Japan’s responsibility for the Second World War that is troubling.