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Tearing up the Deal: Understanding the consequences of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement

In late January, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States despite some efforts of the Secretaries of Defense and Foreign Affairs to prevent it.  The agreement provides the legal framework for the presence of US troops in the Philippines for military exercises and humanitarian relief operations....

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Tearing up the Deal: Understanding the consequences of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement

India – ASEAN relations: lurking potentiality

India’s ‘Look East policy’ of the 1990s to cultivate deeper integrated economic ties with Southeast Asia transformed into the ‘Act East policy’ of 2014 to demonstrate a strategic shift in the region from an ‘Asia-Pacific’ dominated narrative to the ‘Indo-Pacific’ paradigm. ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), is in the centrality of the Indo-Pacific region...

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India – ASEAN relations: lurking potentiality

The elusive narrative: Aung Suu Kyi and the international media

State Counsellor Aung Suu Kyi’s recent defense of Myanmar military at the International Court of Justice against the allegations of genocide has turned the spotlight on Myanmar- and for all bad reasons. Myanmar’s Rakhine province is experiencing a humanitarian crisis that has led to the exodus of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh and even Malaysia. The unfolding of...

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The elusive narrative: Aung Suu Kyi and the international media

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Making sense of The Philippines’ relationship with China and the United States

As a major ally with a mutual defense treaty and a history of fighting side-by-side since World War II, the bond between the United States and the Philippines has been especially close. Understandably, it comes as a surprise to many to see the Philippines seek closer ties with China. More so considering the tense territorial...

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Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Making sense of The Philippines’ relationship with China and the United States

The decade of EU-ASEAN partnership

The European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are the leading regional organizations on the planet that enshrine the values of free trade and cross-border cooperation. Both are highly organized, connected, and coordinated, based on a network of bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements, dispute resolution mechanisms, and reliable communication channels.  The recently...

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The decade of EU-ASEAN partnership

The key ingredients for Vietnam’s economic success

In spite of the global slow down, Vietnam has managed to register an impressive growth rate of  7.02% for the year 2019, according to government estimates. The Southeast Asian nation had surpassed 7% even in 2018 (it grew at 7.08%). It would be fair to say that amongst emerging economies, it certainly is a star performer along with the South Asian nation of...

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The key ingredients for Vietnam’s economic success