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22 May The Rohingya Crisis – a catalyst for change in ASEAN

With an estimated 25,000 Rohingya refugees having fled Burma since the beginning of 2015, and as many as 10,000 refugees still stranded in the Andaman Sea, the Rohingya crisis is becoming the largest refugee crisis in Southeast Asia since the exodus of Vietnamese boat people...

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23 Apr China’s moves and Asia’s responses

Earlier this month, the leader of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, made an official visit to Beijing. His trip underscores the dilemma facing Southeast Asian nations. Can Asian countries strengthen their ties with China without compromising their own national interests? Both China and Vietnam...

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27 Mar ASEAN-Myanmar Forum: Highlights from Media Coverage

The Singapore Institute of International Affairs, in cooperation with the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and IE Singapore, organised the ASEAN-Myanmar Forum in Yangon on Monday, 23 March 2015, a high-level conference bringing together senior private sector and government...

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13 Mar Betting on Myanmar’s opening

For a while, when Myanmar opened after decades of isolation and sanctions, it seemed that the government could do no wrong as American and European governments rushed to embrace the country. Now, headlines from the West show that little or nothing seems right. What was supposed...

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14 Nov Obama Seeks to Reassure Regional Allies Following China Accords

On the heels of securing new climate, trade and military agreements with China, President Barack Obama looked to reassure America’s wary regional allies of its continued commitment to them. Mr. Obama, who attended a series of meetings Thursday in Myanmar at back-to-back summits with South and...

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12 Sep Myanmar’s cancelled by-elections

The decision to scrap Myanmar’s by-elections at the end of this year came as a surprise to the country’s political parties, who had been gearing up to contest the 35 empty seats in Parliament. However, there is nothing political behind the election commission’s decision to cancel...

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22 Aug ASEAN risks becoming overwhelmed by Chinese railway diplomacy

It may not be full speed ahead for the “Chinese high-speed railway diplomacy” aimed at improving China’s links with Southeast Asia. Dubbed as Beijing’s thinly-veiled plans to assert its power and influence over the region, Chinese involvement also promises to help ASEAN achieve its connectivity...

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18 Aug 3-on-3 with Dr. Maung Maung Lay

Myanmar’s military government opened the country’s economy to much fanfare in 2011. But the last frontier market in ASEAN remains one of the most unfriendly to businesses, according to the latest joint study by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Myanmar is ranked...

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