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Asia Pacific Politics

Can Trump reverse Thailand’s drift towards China?

By emphasizing “America First,” Trump has been able to reengage Thai military leaders. But will this be enough to turn back Thailand’s closeness to China?

Asia Pacific Politics

How human rights failures could destabilize the ASEAN region

Less than a month after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) celebrated its 50th anniversary in Manila, Philippines, the UN Security Council called on the government of Myanmar to

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy North America

To the victor belong the spoils: The future of green energy

In recent years, China has pushed for the rapid development of renewable energy infrastructure, touting itself as the leader of innovative green energy.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Forget the South China Sea, this is Asia’s real water war

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability.

Asia Pacific Economics

Is Thailand’s economy undergoing ‘juntification’?

Attempts to ‘juntify’ Thailand’s economy is proving difficult for a variety of reasons, and is distracting the junta from other economic opportunities..

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.

Asia Pacific Politics

Thailand’s new king faces off against junta

King Rama X’s refusal to give royal assent to the junta penned constitution highlights the risk of a growing rift between monarch and military in Thailand.

Politics South and Central Asia

2017 Preview: Southeast Asia is set to embrace more volatility

Southeast Asia in 2016 has been marked by busy political agendas, challenges by ethnic tensions, religious conflicts, and regional stability issues.

Asia Pacific Security

Little light ahead for Thailand’s troubled South

Amid another round of talks between the Thai government and Muslim separatists, here are some factors that have hindered the peace process.

Asia Pacific Economics

ASEAN faces banking union problems

While the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework (ABIF) shows great promise, the insistence on sticking to the so-called “ASEAN Way” threatens to undermine it.