ASEAN Countries

Malaysia’s GE15: A Nation at a Crossroads

Malaysia election flags in 2013; cc Sham Hardy, flickr, modified,

Assessing the political and economic ramifications of Malaysia’s upcoming election.

Hun Sen Has Botched Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship

cc, modified, Пресс-служба Президента России,

The Cambodian leader has botched all attempts at deescalating the Myanmar crisis and only increased the legitimacy of the ruling junta.

The Time is Ripe for a Canada-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement

cc Andrew Bowden, modified,

A Canada-ASEAN free trade agreement (FTA) would represent the capstone in Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy.

Environmental Volunteerism on the Rise in Vietnam

Biển đảo Việt Nam: Ra quân làm sạch bãi biển xã

Environmental volunteerism is taking center stage in Vietnam in the lead-up to World Environment Day.

Marginalized or Pivotal Middle Power? Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategic Choice

Canada-ASEAN dialogue in 2018; modified, CC DFA Philippines,

In crafting an Indo-Pacific Strategy, Canada has the opportunity to differentiate itself from its powerful southern neighbor and assert its role as a middle power.

UNCLOS Ratification Issue Looms over US-ASEAN Summit

cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval For, modified,

What better way for the U.S. to bolster a ‘rules-based international order’ than to join with the 162 other countries that have adopted the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?

Cambodia Naval Base Gets a Chinese Upgrade

cc COMSEVENTHFLT, modified, SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia (May 1, 2012) - U.S. 7th Fleet flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) anchors off the coast of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Blue Ridge is on patrol in the Asia-Pacific and in Sihanoukville for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Sarah A. Stancati)

Cambodia insists work on a newly-dredged port and shipyard at Ream Naval Base is not being carried out to enable a permanent Chinese military presence. Washington is not so sure.

Analyzing Bangladesh’s Response to the US Sanctions

cc Flickr GPA Photo Archive, modified,

Was Dhaka’s response to recent US sanctions mature or imprudent?

The Greening of Vietnam and Environmentalism 2.0

Picture 1: Cleaning up plastic garbage at a river in Thua Thien Hue province - a program funded by USAID. Photo: Quoc Viet - VNA

Smart phones and social media are changing the way that Vietnamese people view – and advocate about – their environment.

The Limits of Hydropower in Laos

Dam construction for energy supply in the lower reaches of the Nam Ou, cc Tbachner , modified,

Laos has reduced its reliance on fossil fuels by building dams on a mass scale, and aims to export the electricity generated to its neighbours. Yet the plan comes with economic and environmental risks.

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