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APRIL 21, 2014: Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy leader Kem Sokha pledged his party’s foreign policy allegiance to the United States over China in no uncertain terms to top officials in Washington, last week, according to a summary of his Read more…

APRIL 17, 2014: President Barack Obama’s administration has touted the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) as a hallmark of growing U.S. engagement with ASEAN, particularly mainland Southeast Asia. For the past five years, government agencies, led by the U.S. Agency for Read more…

APRIL 16, 2014: A Jakarta think-tank intellectual was once asked whether Beijing listens when Jakarta speaks. He responded emphatically: ‘Oh yes! The problem is we don’t say enough’. Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks to Indonesian parliament members in Jakarta, October Read more…

Tensions continue to roil Asia’s waters, but they are now also finding their way into international arbitration. The perilous churn in the South China Sea, dubbed “Asia’s Cauldron” by one leading strategic analyst, stems from the overlapping claims of six states – Brunei, Read more…

Justified emphasis on the current Ukraine crisis should not lead us to make the mistake of overlooking Russia’s policies in East Asia. Normally Russia’s policies in Southeast Asia do not get much attention. But they reveal important motifs and themes Read more…

APRIL 3, 2014: As China expands its military footprint, America’s alliance with the Philippines will be increasingly important to protecting U.S. interests in a rising Asia. If there’s one thing we know about history, it’s that it’s only a matter Read more…