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

Canada-ASEAN dialogue in 2018; modified, CC DFA Philippines, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Heads_of_delegation_for_the_15th_ASEAN-Canada_Dialogue_link_arms_for_the_traditional_family_photo.jpg

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, https://flickr.com/photos/cne-cna-c6f/28426670287/in/photolist-KiY7GX-wLXNjq-dPy5yh-dJxsHz-ojkVxi-s2H7Yi-29yX8Pu-2fRkDom-TqpaWJ-TgTidy-q6TcyD-fbRCgK-KnSUHT-TgThEu-FzE9aE-FzEbqm-2brg4gs-2cnFqRE-7DDSLe-24mwEKY-23ELEEm-252hhct-234zbpy-r97wc3-9L9VqY-9He94p-PjAMjP-9J48ns-5tLA8H-2fyFVyt-bsHoQv-5tQXG5-otqzNQ-Tqpb1m-2fyFVEa-TqpbjN-ow8Esr-ow8d3m-ovMZtn-5tQXXN-ovhgDX-9vMZkY-oeUpop-D8ovLw-ouxfEv-oufCJF-owtLYj-oeMPVV-DxcmiY-2jcpVss

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

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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, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=laos%20dam&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search#/media/File:2014_12_Thailand_Laos-449.JPG

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.

Can China’s Belt and Road Open Up Landlocked Laos?

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As a 420 km high-speed railway nears completion, two Chinese-built highways have been given the green light. Will these projects open up Laos, or make it a crossing point on China’s Belt and Road?

Vietnam Faces Watershed Moment ahead of COP26

Many roads are flooded in Ho Chi Minh City because the high tide is at its peak. Credit: Hong Giang - Vietnam News Agency. / Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh: Nhiều tuyến đường ngập s

For a sense of the stakes involved at the upcoming COP26 climate conference, look no further than Ho Chi Minh City’s fight against rising seawaters.

India’s Act East Policy: Warning to China or Flawed Strategy?

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Modi’s Act East Policy has boosted naval capacity and morale, but fallen short on overland connectivity and trade promotion.

Malaysia: New Prime Minister, Familiar Challenges

Empty Singapore-Malaysia Causeway during the Malaysia COVID-19 lockdown., cc Lionel Lim, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Empty_Singapore-Malaysia_Causeway_2.jpg

Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Malaysia’s fourth prime minister since 2018, must fix the COVID-hit economy and heal political divisions if he is to avoid the fate of predecessors Mahathir and Muhyiddin.

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