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Combating Human Trafficking – Sept 25 & 26, 2013 Across the globe, people are held in involuntary servitude in factories, farms, and homes; bought and sold in prostitution; and captured to serve as child soldiers. The International Labor Organization reports Read more…

Sept. 17, 2013: Hacktivists of Anonymous Cambodia have issued a video statement threatening the Cambodian government. “Government of the once great Kingdom of Cambodia, It has come to our attention that despite our continued warnings you have decided to disregard Read more…

Sept. 16, 2013: Manila Looks to Subic Bay to Counter Chinese Moves in Region SUBIC BAY, Philippines—In 1991, after the Philippine Senate voted to close Subic Naval Base—then the largest American overseas military facility—an emotional Sen. Agapito Aquino summed up Read more…

Sept. 15, 2013: As an Asia-Pacific nation, the U.S. has vital interests in helping all nations develop a rules-based order. This week’s Senior Officials’ Meeting between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations represents an important opportunity to make Read more…

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured Southeast Asia several weeks ago. In Brunei, he met with the ten defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and their seven counterparts from Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Russia Read more…

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations needs to revitalize and unite to make it more responsive to existing and emerging security challenges confronting the Asia-Pacific region, according to a draft ASEAN Security Outlook seen Wednesday by Kyodo Read more…

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013: The Royal Thai Air Force aims to become a leading force in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) by 2019, thanks to the procurement of the Gripen fighters, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported. Thai Supreme Commander General Read more…

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013: As investors see ASEAN as a whole, Indonesia’s market jitters could affect its neighbours. Other ASEAN economies also rode the wave of loose United States monetary policy. With this wave ending, they might also suffer.  Some fear Read more…

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013: Strategic Analysis of the Upstream Oil and Gas Market in Southeast Asia – Declining Hydrocarbon Production Drives E&P Activities, Especially in Marginal and Deepwater Fields This research service assesses the current scenario and future potential of the Read more…

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013: Rice production in Vietnam is poised to drop next year for the first time in more than a decade as the second-largest shipper promotes other crops, lessening competition in the global export market. The switch is designed to boost Read more…

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013: The face of American diplomacy is changing – and the results could have an enormous impact on people in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. Speaking on campus Sept. 10, the Australian ambassador to the United States Read more…

SEPTEMBER 11, 2013: Integrating with Southeast Asia is a key component of China’s multi-pronged regionalisation around its borders as its global rise continues. China’s regional assertion reinforces a larger trend of new spatial dynamics as an inherent part of Asia’s increasing globalisation Read more…

LSE IDEAS and ASEAN UK Business Forum public lecture Date: Wednesday 4 December 2013  Time: 6.30-8pm  Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building Speaker: Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes Chair: Professor Arne Westad Will the ASEAN Economic Community materialize by 2015 and how will it function in Read more…

SEPTEMBER 7, 2013: Second of two parts Read part 1: Myanmar: Prison, parliament and the Internet Myanmar’s cyberspace is opening up to the world but bad habits are proving hard to break. Under the military junta, the Internet in Myanmar Read more…

SEPTEMBER 6, 2013: Five years ago, Nay Phone Latt tried to kill time by reading, doing yoga, and writing letters, short stories, and poems. But on a recent gloomy Monday morning, the blogger could hardly answer a phone call as Read more…

SEPTEMBER 6, 2013: At the Bonna Business Center, a tiny Internet cafe near the opulent mansion of Cambodia’s long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen, coffee is served with a big lump of dissatisfaction. “They talk about seven percent economic growth,” says Read more…

SEPTEMBER 6, 2013: Prospects of potential U.S. military strikes against Syria has already claimed its first victims, the remote but vulnerable economies of Indonesia and Malaysia. The link between those nations’ fiscal troubles and Syria’s civil war is the surging Read more…

SEPTEMBER 6, 2013: No one can dispute the fact that the South China Sea has been a sea of contention in recent years. And now Malaysia has added confusion to the already torturous mix. Speaking to Bloomberg News in Brunei last Read more…

SEPTEMBER 5, 2013: Recent political, social and economic circumstances in Vietnam have inspired a renewed interest in the development of civil society. A political vibrancy has developed that is potentially capable of navigating the repressive structural constraints and hegemonic power Read more…

SEPTEMBER 4, 2013: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s swing through Southeast Asia last week was notable not for the headlines and handshake photos he generated but the ones generated by the Chinese. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was hosting the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Read more…

SEPTEMBER 4, 2013: The escalating disquiet is being seen as an indictment of populist Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s Administration. Swaying rows of neatly planted rubber trees have become the latest political battleground in Thailand, as thousands of farmers continue a weeklong Read more…

SEPTEMBER 2, 2013: Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s designated successor the Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, has been missing for nearly two decades. In Thailand, Somchai Neelapaijit, the chairman of the Thai Muslim Lawyers Association, disappeared nine years ago Read more…

SEPTEMBER 4, 2013: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gave a five-point suggestion to create an “upgraded version” of the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) during his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the 10th China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) yesterday in Nanning. The Chinese premier suggested further Read more…

SEPTEMBER 4, 2013: Worsening political relations between South Korea and Japan, though troubling, are unlikely to endanger plans to deepen regional financial integration through the Chiang Mai Initiative (CMI). Tensions between the two countries flared up in August 2012, after Read more…

SEPTEMBER 2, 2013: In a significant breakthrough that could provide the first evidence of alleged Chinese involvement in supply of arms to Indian insurgent outfits, Thailand on Saturday picked up a key middleman whose identity had been disclosed by arrested Read more…

SEPTEMBER 1, 2013: Suddenly there are signs of pressure in the Indonesia economy. Until recently, the economy seemed to be doing well. But growth is now slowing, inflation is rising, the balance of payments is under pressure, and the value Read more…

AUGUST 30, 2013: We have invited Moo Natavudh, CEO of Ookbee, to share with us how the Thai market has evolved over the past year and insights on the upcoming trends and key industries to take note of in the Read more…

AUGUST 30, 2013: The Asian Architecture Conference @ CSIS is a full day conference discussing security and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific ahead of the East Asia Summit (EAS) in Brunei and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Indonesia Read more…

AUGUST 28, 2013: “The Nationalists Now Wear Panties”. This sentence was grafittied onto a wall on a major artery, a street called Baho Lam, never used by tour buses and mostly unknown to expats and tourists. Yet, Baho Lam, which Read more…

AUGUST 29, 2013: Malaysia differed with fellow Southeast Asian claimants in the South China Sea on the threat posed by China, dismissing concerns about patrols off its coast. Malaysia is not worried about how often Chinese ships patrol the areas it Read more…

AUGUST 27, 2013: Do you know your e-commerce? Here’s a quick guide to what lies in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Why are major e-commerce players like Rakuten, Qoo10, Groupon, LivingSocial, Rocket Internet, eBay, Naspers venturing into Southeast Asia region? Let’s look into the Read more…

AUGUST 26, 2013: In May 2012 Thailand’s Border Patrol Police (BPP) began to prepare for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) which takes effect in 2015, and which poses enormous challenges for border security authorities. It obliges them to rely on Read more…

AUGUST 25, 2013: Legislation would severely constrain nongovernmental organizations. This draft law would give the Burmese government broad authority to refuse to let a group operate and send association leaders and members to prison if the group functions without permission. Read more…

AUGUST 23, 2013: The ranks of Burma’s super rich will increase at least six-fold in the coming decade as one of Southeast Asia’s poorest countries emerges from military dictatorship and embraces a market-oriented economy, according to a new Read more…

AUGUST 24, 2013: There is something attractive about the scholar forced to take up violence. As one travels east from India, it gets more civilized. Thailand, for those of us who have been astonished by its civility, cleanliness and attention, Read more…

AUGUST 24, 2013: Cambodia’s persistent infatuation with China was blatantly displayed on the world stage in 2012 when, as ASEAN Chair, it refused to address the territorial disputes in the South China Sea. This widely commented incident once again underscored Read more…

AUGUST 22, 2013: Singapore’s approach may be more subtle, but its new internet laws echo the strong-arm tactics used by regional governments to silence free speech. More than 160 of Singapore’s most popular news blogs went dark on June 8. Read more…

AUGUST 21, 2013: As with its Asian peers India and Indonesia, foreign investment in Malaysia has been hard hit by the mass exodus of money from emerging markets. Its softening currency, swelling national debt and narrowing trade balance make Southeast Asia’s Read more…

AUGUST 20, 2013: Integrating with Southeast Asia is a key component of China’s multi-pronged regionalisation around its borders as its global rise continues. Below, Xiangming Chen and Curtis Stone consider the ambition of China’s ‘Go Southwest’ strategy to extend its Read more…

AUGUST 20, 2013: Source: cogitASIA By Carl A. Thayer  On July 28, Cambodia held its fifth national election since UN-supervised elections in 1993. On August 12, the National Election Committee issued the first official results. The ruling Cambodian People’s Party Read more…

AUGUST 19, 2013: The Buddhist nationalist movement known as 969 has spread rapidly throughout Burma. The extremist views of its leader U Wirathu, an outspoken Buddhist monk, are seen as central to the ideology of 969, and more and more Read more…

AUGUST 20, 2013: Malaysia’s decision to launch two cost-benefit studies  may delay the completion of the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, which has been expected to be signed by the end of the year. Days before this week’s scheduled talks Read more…

AUGUST 19, 2013: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin held talks with Thai officials on bilateral ties and China- ASEAN relations in the First China-Thailand Strategic Dialogue held in Bangkok on Monday. In the meeting co-chaired by Liu and Sihasak Read more…

AUGUST 17, 2013:  On May 22, representatives of the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), accompanied by a team of researchers and students from Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, traveled to the remote northern Thai village of Ban Mae Sam Leap in Read more…

AUGUST 16, 2013: Over the last decade, a remarkable political transformation has been taking place in many Southeast Asian countries, from mainland states like Burma and Thailand to maritime states like Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. The power of the old Read more…

AUGUST 16, 2013: Rising tensions in the South China Sea have changed recent ASEAN-China relations from cooperation to potential conflict. Yet there is now agreement to begin consultations on a Code of Conduct to manage the issue. Since his appointment, Read more…

The following speech was delivered at the 2013 East China Sea Peace Forum in Taipei City, Taiwan on August 5, 2013. A portion of the speech is below; the complete speech can be found here. About eight years ago, I decided Read more…

Already vulnerable region faces rising sea-levels, ocean warming, and more intense typhoons, says new report  The rising possibility of a warmer world in the next two decades is magnifying the development challenges South East Asia is already struggling with, and threatens Read more…

August 7, 2013: The annual Art Expo Malaysia represents more than just an exciting cultural occasion. Such events are boosting the region’s economies and attracting more investors than ever Kuala Lumpur will welcome art enthusiasts and collectors from across the Read more…