Having already spent 20 months in a prison, Aung San Syy Kyi’s Australian economic advisor is due for release in January 2024.
In 35 years as leader, prime minster Hun Sen has steadily undermined democracy in Cambodia.
Indonesia has frequently obstructed global human rights enforcement by rejecting proposals to strengthen the UNHRC and blocking the council’s requests to assess the human rights situation in Papua.
Despite the transnational dimension of the Covid-19 crisis, transnational responses are facing many obstacles. Yet, some regional organisations might be able to expand their mandate and resources.
Australia was hoping to get broader access to Indian markets as part of a new trade deal that covers almost half of the world’s population.
Two major initiatives will be on the agenda at the weekend’s summit: a mega trade deal and a regional security framework.
The current repatriation deal signed by Myanmar and Bangladesh fails to guarantee the safety and citizenship of the Rohingya people or address issues of justice for crimes perpetrated against them.
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.
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.
The influence of Saudi money and ideology may be too big to dismantle in Malaysia and Indonesia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Australia’s challenge is to prove its utility to ASEAN, and vice versa.
Southeast Asian countires have a goal to integrate their higher education network to give young generations a truly regional experience. Is it possible?
ASEAN should improve the accreditation process for civil society organisation (CSOs) to support more community-based activities that can help solve regional problems.