Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has long been known as a party boy. Now, he’s imposing strict Islamic religious rule on the people of Brunei.
Brunei's new anti-gay Sharia laws are the harshest in the world. Yet few countries have publicly condemned them, and an international boycott could backfire.
After a positive start, Morrison’s relations with his Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo, cooled off after he suggested moving the Australian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a busy summit season ahead of him. After early foreign policy stumbles, it's important he reads his briefs, listens to the diplomats and stays humble.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) welcomes Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir (L) upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, Indonesia, 22 October 2018.
The influence of Saudi money and ideology may be too big to dismantle in Malaysia and Indonesia.
Rohingya Muslim people who fled Myanmar wait for their turn to collect food aid near Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh.
One of the most pressing issues in the region that Indonesia must deal with as a new UN Security Council non-permanent member is the Rohingya crisis.
Australia’s climate stance risks its standing on the world stage.
Climate policy is clearly a threat to the job security of Australian prime ministers, but it could upend our international diplomacy as well, with a string of key summits looming in coming months.
While many of its Asian neighbours are striving to get smoking under control, Indonesia is the stubborn exception.
Both the Foreign Minister and Attorney General have stated Australia will investigate and prosecute alleged perpetrators of international crimes.
Talks should include barriers to women’s participation in peace and security institutions, countering violent extremism, foreign fighters, sexual violence in conflict, and the Rohingya crisis.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrive for photographs ahead of a bilateral meeting during the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney on March 17, 2018.
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's statement on inviting Australia to join ASEAN has raised speculations that he was just being Javanese. This is the background to that statement.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull addresses a special ASEAN summit in Sydney.
Past shared history and/or cultural, ethnical or religious homogeneity can no longer be the only determinants of the level of co-operation among nations.
Aung San Suu Kyi has lost much of her goodwill since the 2017 Rohingya crisis.
When Aung San Suu Kyi led her party to victory in 2015, many hoped Myanmar's worst days were behind them. But the government's complicity in the Rohingya crisis has tarnished her reputation.
There are still some hurdles to be overcome for the ASEAN-Australia relationship to reach its full potential.
Australia’s challenge is to prove its utility to ASEAN, and vice versa.
Exchange students from several universities in ASEAN countries at a university in Thailand. Encouraging trans-ASEAN student mobility is a huge challenge.
Southeast Asian countires have a goal to integrate their higher education network to give young generations a truly regional experience. Is it possible?
While ASEAN leaders are increasingly using the rhetoric of prioritising the people in ASEAN, they are often hesitant to drastically change the longstanding regional framework that gives a lot of power to the hands of member states’ elites.
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ASEAN should improve the accreditation process for civil society organisation (CSOs) to support more community-based activities that can help solve regional problems.
Studies find the 21st century has seen more articles written by teams.
Indonesia announces it has outnumbered Thailand in terms of academic publication number. It's good news but Indonesia needs to make the studies more relevant to get more citations.
In 2014, Indonesia ratified an ASEAN treaty to tackle transboundary haze in the region. But, as of now, Indonesia has yet to enact regulations at the national and local level.
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It took 11 years after the treaty came into force for Indonesia to ratify the agreement in 2014. But two years in, Indonesia has yet to enact regulations at the national and local level.
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On August 8, 1967, foreign ministers from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines signed the Bangkok Declaration to create the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN, as it…
The Rohingya are one the of the world’s most-persecuted ethnic minorities.
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Talks among ASEAN leaders are often limited to political and economic issues, pushing problems with deep social and cultural roots like the persecution of ethnic Rohingya to the margins.
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China's new freight train line to London is part of an increasing web of trade routes designed to boost the country's influence abroad.
Attempts to curtail demand by resorting to extrajudicial killings may have popular appeal, but may ultimately serve to consolidate crime groups, raise protection costs and temporarily displace activities to less hostile locations.
Organised crime groups are profiting from the fruits of globalisation such as free-trade agreements as well as the massive upgrade of the region’s infrastructure and connectivity now underway.
The first reaction to Trump’s win in Beijing and Pyongyang has been to raise the champagne flutes.
In the heat of the moment, there can be a temptation to overstate the importance of events. But Trump’s election marks the end of an era. Asia’s international politics have entered uncharted waters.