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South China Sea Dispute: Malaysia

VinsonVietnam, USS Carl Vinson docks in Vietnam's Da Nang port. CC Official U.S. Navy Page Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

In the third article of our series on South China Sea claimants, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and military dimensions of Malaysia’s claim.

Thailand: Southeast Asia’s Forgotten Human Rights Crisis

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Thailand’s relative stability should not put it beyond the pale of international criticism over its human rights record.

China’s Empire of Debt

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Chinese investment has rejuvenated some developing countries and left others locked in a spiral of unsustainable debt.

Geopolitics in the South China Sea: Expansionism in the Shadow of North Korean Drama

VinsonVietnam, USS Carl Vinson docks in Vietnam's Da Nang port. CC Official U.S. Navy Page Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

With ASEAN sidelined and all eyes on North Korea, Vietnam can only sit and watch as China consolidates its position in the South China Sea.

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

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

Malaysia Election: Upstart and Establishment Autocrats Square Off

Kuala Lumpur, 01/12/2012 UMNO President, Datuk Seri Najib Razak during Umno General Assembly.. Pic Firdaus Latif https://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohd_Najib_bin_Abdul_Razak#/media/File:Najib_Razak_(cropped).jpg

The upcoming Malaysian election is a political saga for the ages.

South China Sea Dispute: China

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In this first article of a new series on claimants in the South China Sea dispute, we examine the historical reasoning, diplomacy, and island-building underpinning China’s claim.

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.

China: Friend, Foe, or Something in Between

China's first aircraft carrier - the Liaoning. CC Flickr Simon Yang, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

It’s time for US policy planners to deal with the China that exists, and not the imaginary one they have long hoped for.

Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters Assume ISIS’ Mantle in the Philippines’ Troubled South

Confiscated weapons from the Marawi siege, public domain Philippines Presidential Communications Operation Office, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Confiscated_Weapons_Marawi_crisis_June_2017.jpg

An ISIS-linked extremist group is threatening the peace process in the Philippines’ restive Mindanao region.

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