ASEAN Countries

Malaysia’s GE15: A Nation at a Crossroads

Malaysia election flags in 2013; cc Sham Hardy, flickr, modified, https://flickr.com/photos/xshamx/8711614051/in/photolist-egPimg-egxLT2-7CwNqQ-egxNNX-egxLox-egxMcn-egDwjS-egP5UX-eeuKeC-egUTBy-eddiPJ-a2wE4z-egV6dq-egDuKs-egxMWR-egxNic-eeuAKW-egDv7J-egP8Hi-eeuKeS-egDz9A-egxMAr-egDuGd-r8ykM7-rq8LLa-eddoi3-eeuAJN-egDweh-ed7Cwt-eddnvs-egDx1h-eddnjb-egDxmh-egDzgb-eddpES-egUSQL-7CsWR2-ehUwUZ-7CsWZF-egDxS1-egxNGg-4xyYAB-eddjaS-ed7KRH-eddhZj-egDwL9-7CwNHS-eeuAKf-ed7Kyg-eddjZs

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

Hun Sen Has Botched Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship

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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

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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, 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

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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.

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