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Asean awaits - nervously - a new Myanmar
December 14, 2015 1:00 am

Asean awaits - nervously - a new Myanmar

After a successful election early last month, which handed down a landslide victory to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's National League of Democracy, there is a growing sense of anxiety within Asean about what kind of a new Myanmar is emerging.

Thailand yet to fulfill ASEAN blueprints
December 7, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand yet to fulfill ASEAN blueprints

As the chair of the Preparedness Centre for the Asean Community (PCAC), Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha must be accountable for any delay or ineffective implementation of all Asean blueprints.

Virtues of US-China ties mix signals to Asean
November 30, 2015 12:58 am

Virtues of US-China ties mix signals to Asean

When President Barrack Obama met Asean leaders at the US-Asean summit recently, he told them he respected the promises given by President Xi Jingping that its land reclamation in the South China Sea was for peaceful purposes and that China would...

Asean Community is here
November 23, 2015 1:00 am

Asean Community is here

It is official. Asean Community (AC) is here today, at least on paper. Like their predecessors who signed the Bangkok Declaration in 1967 and Asean Charter in 2008, the Asean leaders were eager to have their signatures imprinted on the...

Understanding Asean through Unesco's vote on Kosovo
November 16, 2015 1:00 am

Understanding Asean through Unesco's vote on Kosovo

Asean's voting pattern over Kosovo's admission to Unesco membership last week at the organisation's headquarters here was most intriguing. It revealed a perceived fear of losing territorial integrity, which is imbedded in the...

Post-election Myanmar: hope for continuity and change
November 9, 2015 1:00 am

Post-election Myanmar: hope for continuity and change

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has constantly called for change. The incumbent President Thein Sein has also appealed for continuity. If both are still on good terms, like at their first meeting, and collaborate as they did in 2011-2012, Myanmar...

South Korea: more than K-pop and kimchi
November 2, 2015 1:00 am

South Korea: more than K-pop and kimchi

South Korea is no longer shy talking about its role in promoting democracy and human rights in Asia and beyond. This new sense of confidence comes mainly from its full blossoming democratisation since the economic crisis in 1997. Its civil society...

Shared strategic dilemma of US allies
October 26, 2015 1:00 am

Shared strategic dilemma of US allies

What do Australia, South Korea and Thailand have in common? All three are members of the US alliance in the Asia-Pacific. But their commonality does not end there. They all accept the rise of China and its influence in international order. Most of...

Welcome to Thailand's diplomatic jamboree
October 19, 2015 1:00 am

Welcome to Thailand's diplomatic jamboree

Early October, Rear Admiral Simon Ancona, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) from the United Kingdom was in Bangkok to "re-engage" Thailand after the power seizure last May. He was one of most senior defence officials from Europe to...

Thailand's single gateway is an abyss
October 12, 2015 1:00 am

Thailand's single gateway is an abyss

The controversial plan to impose a "Single Gateway" to control websites on the Internet will certainly damage, or even completely destroy, the accomplishments and reputation Thailand has been stocking up for decades, including those since...