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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.

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.

Outlook for 2017 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.

Asia Pacific Economics

Political risks rock China’s tourism industry

From South Korea to Thailand, political risks will continue to significantly impact China’s tourism sector in the coming weeks.

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 Economics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Laos’ new PM pushes for regional integration

Laos’ new leader Thangloun Sisoulith is banking on regional integration and economic diversification, as Laos chairs ASEAN in 2016.

South and Central Asia

What Suu Kyi’s visit to Thailand means for ASEAN relations

Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi concluded a three-day official visit to Thailand with agreements on border and labour issues. The tour is evidence of the new democratically elected

Asia Pacific Economics

Why the Mekong River is Asia’s next big investment locale

Japan’s $7 billion infrastructure investment deal is a move to expand markets and offset China’s growing economic influence in the Mekong River region.