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ASEAN’s mid-life crisis?

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…
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. Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Asia is in the grip of a transnational crime crisis – but governments look away

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. EPA/Peter Foley

What’s in store for Asia under President Trump

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.
Members of the Non-Aligned Movement meet at the session of the 17th summit of heads of state and government. DIRCO

Explainer: the Non-Aligned Movement in the 21st century

The Non-Aligned Movement member states enjoy cohesion on few issues. Historically, their heterogeneity ranged from absolute monarchs to socialist presidents.
Regional leaders must continue to take concrete steps to avoid a repeat of the 2015 Andaman Sea refugee crisis. Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun

The Andaman Sea refugee crisis a year on: what happened and how did the region respond?

The region is showing signs it is determined to ensure similar mass displacement crises such as that which took place in the Andaman Sea in 2015 are avoided.
Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

ASEAN: leadership the Southeast Asian way

US President Barack Obama is about to play host to the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). While this motley collection of autocrats, kleptocrats, and even some democrats will…
Why do forests fires rage every year in Indonesia? Some people benefit from the business of fire, enjoying profits and economic rents at the expense of environmental quality. EPA/Adi Weda

Playing with fire: the economics and network of fire and haze

Scientists and policymakers - aware of the extreme dry season of El Nino - have warned of fires in Indonesia months in advance. Why then, do fires continue to blaze and what is being done about it?
Prime Minister Najib Razak is at the centre of a scandal over investigations into the origins of US$700 million transferred into his bank account. Reuters/Olivia Harris

Malaysia in turmoil as PM focuses on survival

Najib Razak's response to corruption allegations has been a crackdown on investigators and his critics on both sides of politics. Malaysians are left wondering where their nation is headed.
Australia and Singapore’s new comprehensive strategic partnership is not seen as harmful for neighbouring countries such as Indonesia. EPA/Wallace Woon

Australia-Singapore strategic partnership: the view from Indonesia

Australia and Singapore recently signed a comprehensive strategic partnership on the 50th anniversary of their relationship. How would the new partnership affect Indonesia?

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