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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

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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.

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?

How Militarization and Cycles of Violence Fuel Separatism in Southern Thailand

U.S. Soldiers, assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade, board a UH-60 Black Hawk during an air assault exercise with Royal Thai Army Soldiers assigned to 31st Regiment, 1st Battalion, 3rd Riffle Company, during exercise Cobra Gold 16 in Lop Buri, Thailand, Feb. 13, 2016. Cobra Gold increases cooperation, and collaboration among partner nations in order to achieve effective solution to common challenges. The U.S Soldiers are currently deployed from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on the first leg of Pacific Pathways 16-1, the U.S. Army Pacific's premier method to capitalize on multiple training opportunities in several countries with partner militaries over a three-to-four month period. Unit: 25th Infantry Division, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&limit=500&offset=0&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&sort=last_edit_desc&search=thailand+army+filetype%3Abitmap&sort=last_edit_desc&advancedSearch-current={%22fields%22:{%22filetype%22:%22bitmap%22}}#/media/File:Air_assault_exercise_CG_16_160213-A-HH432-002.jpg

After 16 years under emergency rule and with peace talks halted amid the pandemic, eroding trust and cycles of violence at the local level are driving Southern Thailand’s decades-old separatist war.

Vietnam Calls for Vaccines and Climate Change Action at UN

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Hanoi is using its time atop the UN institutional structure to draw attention to two colossal non-traditional security threats to international society.

Good Morning America: US-Vietnam Relations Ready for Strategic Partnership

USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam. DA NANG, Vietnam (March 5, 2018) The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam for a scheduled port visit. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is in the Western Pacific as part of a regularly scheduled deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Devin M. Monroe/Released)180305-N-BS159-0039, cc US Navy, https://flickr.com/photos/usnavy/26762606268/in/photolist-GQt629-2hV8n1F-GLVms1-2iCvpPM-24Yef2D-29U79uz-JwA7PD-LBaYWr-c89tdh-aCXHNx-2kpv84Z-22B8WEC-2jNABgq-hwLWC7-2jNBtZk-BFFRv4-CbWNSb-o5mBB6-Lzx8he-24WQaFM-GY3eeJ-wBonDF-23zKzLt-24WQd4x-23VawvN-FkNjuz-22gUa4A-GMi8vA-GS8H23-22gUak7-FkNk2X-23CPvZe-23CPx4t-252QPAV-23VauYj-22eX6Rj-23CPqVX-FkNkek-23CPtbt-24V5MdH-23CPssV-24V5M2R-FkNkWH

The recent visit by Vice President Harris reinforced a growing US-Vietnam strategic partnership that is de facto if not de jure, at least for the time being.

Information Wars: Securitization Creep Pervades Thai Society

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The Thai government is locked in a years-long struggle to position itself as the ultimate arbiter of truth.

Winds of Change: Vietnam’s Transition from Fossil Fuels to Renewables

Overall view of Dau Tieng Solar Power Project, Vietnam, cc WikiCommons TammyLe, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DAU_TIENG_PROJECT_BIRDSIGHT.jpg

Vietnam is harnessing a grassroots desire for green energy to enact a slow but steady transition away from coal-based electricity generation.

Jettisoning Aung San Suu Kyi Will Be a Mistake for India

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New Delhi risks sacrificing long-term democratic stability in the northeast with its short-sighted appeasement of Myanmar’s Tatmadaw.

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