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Asia Pacific Politics Power Brokers

The enduring influence of Prem Tinsulanonda

Former head of Privy Council Prem Tinsulanonda is returning to political power in Thailand, which bodes well for the country’s political and economic success.

Economics South and Central Asia

Economic repercussions of the Thailand bombings

In the wake of a number of bombings across Southern Thailand, Thai authorities have been quick to rule out international terrorism as the cause. Despite this move to protect vital

Asia Pacific Security

The South China sea ruling: the view from Southeast Asia

While supposedly binding, the decision against China won’t spell the end of the territorial dispute.

Asia Pacific Politics

Laos government cracks down on social media use

Attempts to crackdown of social media raised concerns over human rights violations and of potential negative impact on the country’s burgeoning economy

Asia Pacific Security

Strategic implications of President Obama’s trip to Vietnam

President Obama’s Vietnam visit will increase economic and security cooperation.

Asia Pacific Security

How likely is an enhanced Indonesian role in the South China Sea dispute?

A recent incident involving Indonesian and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea has opened the possibility for an enhanced Indonesian role in the maritime dispute. Whilst neighbouring claimants would

Asia Pacific Economics

US seeks closer ASEAN ties, spelling conflict with China

President Obama stressed the United States’ commitment to ASEAN during a recent leaders summit in California. Deeper engagement over economic growth and regional security will be good news for investors,

Asia Pacific Politics

Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament gets under way

Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament held its opening session on Monday. This significant step on Myanmar’s road to democracy will send a positive sign to investors looking for stable business

Asia Pacific Politics

Business as usual after Vietnam’s 12th Party Congress

In January, Vietnam’s 12th Party Congress was held amid rumours of a power struggle for the country’s top political post of General Secretary. Despite this uncertainty, the status quo ultimately

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

The economic impact of climate change in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is expected to face the worst effects of global warming in the next 30 to 50 years. This will have a significant impact on regional economies and livelihoods.