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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…

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…

MARCH 28, 2014: For the past few months, I’ve been unable to escape an ominous sense that the political situation in Burma is on the wrong track. There are two main reasons for my anxiety. First, Burma is undergoing a Read more…

MARCH 28, 2014: A primary focus of China’s next era of foreign policy will be emerging powers in Southeast Asia. Indonesia in particular will take center stage in China’s new approach to the region. When Chinese President Xi Jinping coined Read more…