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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.

Asia Pacific International Natural resources and energy Security

Catch-22 in the South China Sea: why preserving fish stocks is key to a resolution

ASEAN disunity means no end in sight for China’s island-building in the South China Sea. Yet those islands will destroy the coral reefs they are built on, and the very fish stocks China wants to control in the first place.

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.

Asia Pacific Security

Is Duterte backpedaling on the drug war?

Recent polls suggest President Duterte’s bloody drug war may have lost popularity with the Filipino people, suggesting its end may be in sight.

Asia Pacific Security

ASEAN’s anti-terror coordination problem

On September 19 and 20, the ten ASEAN member countries gathered for two Ministerial Meetings to further define and strengthen the bloc’s position on counter-terrorism.

Asia Pacific Politics

How human rights failures could destabilize the ASEAN region

If the region continues to overlook widespread human rights abuses, political stability and economic growth will be at risk.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Japan reworks its energy policy. Kenya goes to the polls. US and Russia meet at ASEAN summit. Brazil eyes pension reform. All in The Week Ahead.

Asia Pacific Natural resources and energy

Vietnam and the Philippines dive back into contested waters

Both Vietnam and the Philippines restarted drilling and exploring for oil in contested waters in the South China Sea – risking the ire of China.

Asia Pacific Security

From wannabes to warriors: the Maute group were underestimated

The Maute group have grown into a sophisticated transnational network of militants, posing a serious security threat for the Philippines and broader region.

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.