Obama’s coalition fails to block Beijing bulldozer

Vietnam People's Naval Infantry march on the Spratly Islands. Few analysts believe the Vietnamese can repeat their 1979 defeat of the Chinese. Source: Wikimedia In...

Mahathir: immaturing with age

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. Source: Flickr Malaysia's turbulent political scene took a peculiar twist last week, even by the federation's standards, when the former...

Singapore braced for tough year

Singapore is better placed than most of its Asean neighbours to withstand a downturn. Source: Flickr Few countries have been so consistently forced to live...

Jakarta leads descent into homophobia

Eid al-Fitr mass prayer in Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. The government is increasingly appeasing conservative Islam. Source: Wikimedia Indonesia increasing...

Obama’s hidden Asean agenda

California’s Rancho Mirage forms the backdrop to the large obstacles being discussed by Asean. Source: Wikimedia Sunnylands in California today hosts the 10 Asean leaders...

Malaysia’s overflowing inbox

Malaysia's rulers juggle many cultural sensitivities. Source: Flickr Most of Malaysia’s ruling coalition will be pleased to see a busy year ahead with the federation...

Shy Laos takes centre stage

Popular with backpackers, Laos is usually neglected by everyone else. Source: Flickr So long neglected by the great powers, media and business, Laos has taken...

Vietnam: political change, economic stability

The sun is rising on Vietnam's economy. Source: Wikimedia  The markets have been worried by the Vietnamese Communist Party’s apparent inability to opt for a...

Najib’s 2016 is looking up

Saudi Arabia has plenty of money to invest at home and abroad. Source: Flickr Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been handed a welcome end...

Saudi donation key to unstable region

Malaysia's Najib Razak is looking secure again. Source: Wikimedia The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MCAA) and Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali today cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of...

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