Thailand’s Deep South

March 29, 2021

How Deep Are the Roots of Democracy in Southeast Asia?

March 04, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Joshua Kurlantzick, a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. Bordered by China to the north and India to the west, Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s most promising economies, some of the biggest...

Indonesia Needs to Educate on Natural Disasters

October 04, 2018

After another earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, it is clear that people are not taught what to do in the event of natural disasters. Indonesia has once again been hit by a natural disaster. On September 28, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake followed by a tsunami struck the cities of Palu and...

Looking Back at the Asian Financial Crisis

July 15, 2017

Twenty years after the Asian financial crisis, it is important to understand the situation from a Malaysian perspective. In July 1997, the Bank of Thailand withdrew from intervening (pegging Thai baht to US dollars) to defend the baht when its foreign reserves effectively dropped to just $7.5...

Riding the Korean Wave in Southeast Asia

May 24, 2017

The Korean Wave phenomenon has been offering an alternative to Western cultural imperialism across Southeast Asia. International communication research in the 20th century was dominated by the so-called “cultural imperialism” school, which argued that Western (usually American) cultural...

Jakarta Welcomes a New Governor

April 22, 2017

The Indonesian capital’s new governor has got some work to do. In Indonesia, the election of Jakarta’s governor took place smoothly and peacefully this week. Anies Baswedan, former minister of education and culture, defeated the incumbent Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who is known colloquially as...

Suu Kyi Continues Denial of Rohingya Abuses

April 07, 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi continued a pattern of denial and unwillingness to criticize the Myanmar military over crimes against the Rohingya.  In a rare interview with an international news network, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi downplayed atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in the...

Pakistan: Time for Reform in the Garrison State

March 01, 2017

It is now entirely up to Pakistan's leaders to opt out of ideological politics and choose enlightened pragmatism.  In December 2008, I met General Pervez Musharraf at the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) house in Rawalpindi. The meeting was arranged by a mutual friend, retired Colonel Aslam Cheema....

The Coming Uncertainty: US-Southeast Asia Relations in the Age of Trump

January 19, 2017

With President-elect Donald Trump taking office, the possibility of a declining US commitment to Southeast Asia has become a concern. This year will kick-start with, arguably, one of the highest-profile news stories in modern history: the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the...

The Asia Pacific in 2017

January 02, 2017

Chye Shu Wen provides a round-up of events in 2016 and highlights what can be expected in 2017. There is no doubt that 2016 will go down as a year that overwhelmed the Asia Pacific: Brexit and the victory of Donald Trump sent shockwaves across the region; the electoral wins of Taiwan’s first...

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