Cambodia Crackdown Casts a Shadow on ASEAN

January 19, 2018

What Cambodia’s political crackdown means for ASEAN’s human right credentials. In what has become a conventional trait among ruling parties in nascent democracies, the Cambodian government dissolved the country’s main opposition party on November 16, 2017, for “plotting a coup.” This...

The Legacy of Otto Warmbier

July 06, 2017

How should the United States respond to the detention and subsequent death of an American student who visited North Korea? North Korea is not a tourist destination that I generally recommend for Americans. South Koreans have special reasons to visit the country — to see members of their...

Is the Dragon Leading Us Into a New World Order?

July 05, 2017

China's Belt and Road initiative has a strong potential to serve as a great source of regional integration, political stability and economic empowerment. Back in the year 2008, an illiterate seer in the remote Indian village of Rajasthan informed this author that “Saina” (a corrupted...

Prosecuting Rodrigo Duterte: An Interview With Antonio Trillanes

June 20, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Peter Isackson talks to Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes IV. On June 6, a Philippine delegation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) led by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Representative Gary Alejano, accompanied by the lawyer Jude Sabio, lodged...

Great-Power Politics: Is China Outpacing the US?

May 02, 2017

With a bloated bureaucracy and ossified organizations, China still falls short of the US in terms of human capital, investment and innovation. Today, many scholars and political scientists contend that America’s economic and military leadership is being worn away. The current assertion is...

What Does Kim Jong-Un Want?

April 11, 2017

It’s not too late to make a deal with North Korea. Ultimately, it’s what Pyongyang wants too. Virtually every week, politicians and journalists and policy experts attempt the impossible: mind reading. Specifically, they want to know what’s going on inside one man’s mind. They want to...

King Salman’s Return to Brunei Two Decades Later

March 20, 2017

Saudi Arabia and Brunei are likely to bring their bilateral relationship to new heights as both nations face the challenge of transforming their economies away from oil and gas. Earlier this month, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud became the first Saudi monarch to visit the Sultanate of Brunei...

The Fall of North Korea

March 17, 2017

If Secretary Tillerson isn’t bluffing, the Kim dynasty’s days may be numbered. Breaking with what had been a quiet start to his job, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on March 17 that the Trump administration might be forced to take preemptive action “if ...

Battle for Birth Control in the Philippines

March 17, 2017

Traditional values are holding back the new executive order of President Rodrigo Duterte to promote the use of contraception in the Philippines. In 2012, a law was introduced to provide free contraception to the Philippine population of 100 million, many whom live in poverty. This January,...

Indonesia’s Dealmaker in a Trump-Led Asian Order

March 15, 2017

Caught up in the South China Sea tensions between Washington and Beijing, Indonesia needs to rethink its foreign policy approach. President Donald Trump's administration has brought an increased probability of rivalry between the United States and China in the South China Sea. This has created...

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