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Michael Hart

Tensions Flare Over Malaysia’s Disputed Sea Border with Singapore

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A renewed border conflict underlines how bilateral relations have deteriorated since Prime Minister Mahathir came to power last year.

Vietnam’s Struggle to Overcome the Legacy of US Bombs

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Will ‘America First’ bring about a premature end to US financial assistance for cleaning up unexploded ordinance from the Vietnam War?

Southern Thailand’s Fractured Peace Process at a Crossroads

Thai leader Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, cc http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59119/photos/56587, Kremlin.ru, modified,

Hopes of a breakthrough have evaporated after a government no-show at peace talks in February. Can the next Thai government regain recent momentum?

Myanmar’s Peace Process on Life Support

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Will the once revered Aung San Suu Kyi be able to resuscitate her country’s stalled peace process?

Thailand’s Balancing Act Between the US and China in the Age of Trump

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Bangkok’s historically close security relationship with Washington appears to be firmly back on track.

Is Abu Sayyaf Making a Comeback in the Philippines?

Philippine Army Pfc. Alex Jatass, center, waits to start helicopter insert and extract training with U.S. soldiers on Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, April 29, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Pete Thibodeau , modified, public domain

Do recent attacks from Abu Sayyaf indicate a resurgent campaign, or are they a desperate cry for attention as the once-powerful militant group fades into irrelevance?

Has the Islamic State Threat Bypassed India?

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India’s security and intelligence communities have remained one step ahead of Islamic State so far. But has the threat actually passed?

Cambodia-Laos Border Dispute: Geopolitical Flashpoint or Playing Politics?

CambodiaElection, cc Flickr Michael Coghlan, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The Cambodia-Laos border dispute has a peculiar a way of only flaring up ahead of election season.

Winners and Losers in the Maritime Border Deal between Australia and Timor-Leste

DarwinOilplatform, cc Flickr Ken Hodge, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Australia has sent a strong message to China by accepting a non-binding maritime border ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Brunei Abandons South China Sea Claim for Chinese Finance

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The first domino of ASEAN claimant states has fallen as Brunei goes silent on the South China Sea dispute in exchange for closer economic cooperation with China.

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