Southeast Asia

Laos: The New Cold War Battleground You Don&#...

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The "New Cold War" could be a potential description for the unfolding geopolitical lay of the planet as Russia reemerges…

As Myanmar Enters a New Era, Washington and B...

3423425666Myanmar is a country rapidly moving toward uncharted political terrain. By March 2016, the National League for Democracy (NLD) will take power for the first time in history, bringing an end to five decades of rule by the military…

Vietnam and the XII Congress of the Communist...

22237239442The upcoming Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam may become an important milestone in the Vietnam’s modern history. It is becoming increasingly clear that the so-called policy of renovation (Doi Moi in Vietnamese) or, in other words…

ISIS: US-Saudi Plague Reaches Indonesia?

3721ISIS attacks conveniently mesh with Washington’s growing frustration with Jakarta and its expanding ties with China. Coordinated bombings and mass shootings struck Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta on Thursday leaving several dead and many more wounded…

Russian-Vietnamese Cooperation Gains Momentum

1037677473In mid-December 2015, the First Deputy Chairperson of the Russian Government Igor Shuvalov visited Vietnam. The Russian Vice Prime Minister met the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Truong Tan Sang, Vice Prime Minister Hoang Chung Hay…

Myanmar: Trading in the Devil You Know…

43453454Myanmar held elections early November as the capstone of a wider range of “reforms” it has undertaken as an apparent means of escaping decades of sanctions leveled against it by the West. Predictably, the National League…

How the US Counters Terrorism in the Southeas...

345345345435In its global anti-terrorism strategy, developed in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, the administration of the then-president George W. Bush assigned the countries of the Southeast Asia the role of a “second front” in…

Will ASEAN Economic Community Sustain Politic...

2342343433The signing of a mutual agreement stipulating the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community as of December 31, 2015 is viewed as the most significant outcome of a series of forums arranged…

Myanmar’s New Dictator: Aung San Suu Ky...

23342333Suu Kyi disenfranchised a million voters before elections, and has declared herself above the constitution afterwards. What about that seems “democratic?”. The Western media is portraying Myanmar’s…

Xi Jinping’s visit to Vietnam and Singa...

4534534544From 5 to 8 November President of PRC, Xi Jinping, made a visit to Vietnam and Singapore – two important countries in the Southeast Asia. His trip took place against the backdrop of a rather visible reinforcement of US military presence in the subregion – the main…

Bangkok’s Pivot to Beijing

6a0133f3a4072c970b0167600764dd970b-550wiDespite the common misconception that Thailand is one of Southeast Asia’s staunchest US allies – the steady erosion of US-Thai relations has been underway for years. Cold War concessions Thailand made to the US during the Vietnam War have ingrained the myth of Bangkok’s…

Singapore’s leftward shift behind ruling part...

674333In the run-up to Singapore’s recent general elections, the victory of the People’s Action Party (PAP) – which has presided over transformational social and economic development throughout its continuous…


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