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Asia Pacific Security

Uyghurs’ presence adds to Southeast Asia’s security challenges

The recent arrest of an ethnic Uyghur suspected of plotting a suicide bombing in Indonesia underscores the possibility of Chinese Uyghurs’ engagement in terrorist attacks in the region. The presence

Economics South and Central Asia

What to expect in Southeast Asia in 2016

2016 will be an interesting year for Southeast Asia, as the region braces for changes in government (or none at all), implements the ASEAN economy community, and prepares for volatility

Politics South and Central Asia

2015: A critical year for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia in 2015 saw deeper regional integration, infrastructure development is set to flourish, and historic elections were held in Myanmar. But the Thai Junta government has prolonged its grip

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.

Asia Pacific Economics

Thailand and the TPP: Exports at Risk

What will the recently-struck TPP agreement mean for Thailand? With a final agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership reached and ratification at the national level pending, concerns over lost competitiveness

Asia Pacific Economics

Five Risks to ASEAN Growth

Last week, the Asian Development Bank downgraded the 2015/2016 growth rate forecasts for most ASEAN countries, and the region as a whole. The latest revised figures revel some of the

Asia Pacific Politics

Indonesia’s haze crisis fuels Southeast Asian quarrel

Southeast Asian countries have called on the Indonesian government to do more to stop the haze crisis. This has strained relationships, in addition to having a significant impact on regional

Asia Pacific Politics

Military junta in Thailand undermines economic competitiveness

In Thailand, a military-appointed council has rejected a draft constitution and the election has been postponed to no sooner than July, 2017. An extension of the military regime means political instability will

Asia Pacific Economics South and Central Asia

Economic turbulence ahead: Aviation safety in Southeast Asia

Indonesia’s recent Trigana Air plane crash is evidence of the region’s failure to grapple with a number of aviation safety challenges. Without a move to remedy this failure, it is

Finance Latin America

Ecuador oil deal seeks to diversify finances

Ecuador’s state oil company, Petroecuador, recently signed a crude oil supply agreement with Thailand’s state-run PTT, in which the country will receive a $2.5 billion payment. Low oil prices have hit