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Asia Pacific Security

Philippine claim on Sabah will undermine regional security efforts

The recent proposal by a Filipino government representative to amend the Philippine constitution, to include Sabah within a federal system, will likely be shunned. The potential inclusion of Sabah risks legitimising fringe political voices and unsettling Malaysia-Philippine bilateral relations.

Politics South and Central Asia

Media crackdown a bad sign for Myanmar

Continued targeting of journalists will compromise the government’s political legitimacy and create greater reputational risks for foreign investors.

Asia Pacific Security

Will the North Korea crisis hit boiling point in 2018?

Will 2018 bring us closer to peace on the North Korea issue, or will we teeter more precariously on the nuclear precipice?

Asia Pacific Security

Terrorism risks rising in Malaysia as Islamic State militants return

The Islamic State military defeats increase the risk of Malaysian militants returning home. Here’s why this means a heightened domestic terrorist threat.

Asia Pacific Security Under The Radar

Under the Radar: Security in the Sulu Sea is set to improve

The region of the Sulu Sea, just last year branded the ‘New Somalia’, is benefiting from a new trilateral security initiative.

Economics Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia Special Reports

Special Report: Grasberg mine talks signal Indonesia’s strengthening resolve

Despite issues concerning the Indonesian government’s divestment plans for Papua’s Grasberg mine, there are growing signs that Indonesia will get its way.

Asia Pacific Politics

What next for Suu Kyi, Myanmar and the Rohingya?

The plight of the Rohingya once again dominates international media headlines. But even though Suu Kyi is reluctant to stop the attacks, geopolitical interests are likely to prevail over any

South and Central Asia Technology and infrastructure

Kaladan woes reflect frustrated Indian vision for Myanmar and Southeast Asia

India’s ambitions to establish a foothold in Myanmar and strengthen ties with Southeast Asia risk being jeopardised by the ongoing Kaladan project.

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Indonesian and Malaysian palm oil at a crossroads

Europe’s war against palm oil and overall western pressure risks pushing Indonesia and Malaysia closer to less regulated markets.

Politics South and Central Asia

The Cambodia 2018 election: Issues and implications

With the general election less than one year away, Cambodia is set for a rocky twelve months, defined by intense politicking and political unrest.