After winning praise for relaxing controls on the media over the past two years, Burma is now in danger of backsliding on press freedom.
As Asean’s relations with China grow increasingly strained, India is emerging as an ever more important partner for the regional grouping.
As its Asean neighbors become bolder about national interests, Thailand must not shy away from confrontation.
This week’s visit to Southeast Asia by US President Barack Obama will be an extremely important step in Washington’s “pivot” to the region.
For the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, it is crystal clear that Barack Obama should remain as US president.
Asean could make the shortlist for the Nobel Peace Prize after fine achievements ending conflicts and promoting respect for human rights.
When Burma chairs Asean in 2014 it can give the bloc a wake-up call by promoting freedom and widening democratic space.
When Thai TV news anchor Sorrayuth Suthasanachinda was charged with embezzlement and bribery he raised ethical questions by using his own show to defend himself.
A series of meetings in Phnom Penh among senior officials from Asean and East Asia this week will determine if they can establish common ground.
An admission by Thailand’s finance minister that he lied about the country’s economic performance attracted far less media attention than it should have.
It is easy is to judge the one-year-old Yingluck government—All you need is an understanding of media spin and the fast-moving defense-offense tactics of American football.
Disagreement among key stakeholders could derail efforts to build lasting peace and implement useful local development projects in Thailand’s resistive south.
Asean needs to review its charter and undertake further bold reform as it negotiates arguably its trickiest period in a 45-year history.
Recent conflicts in the Asean bloc require swift action in order to restore pride and functionality.
Asean leaders and all organs of the 45-year-old grouping have been shaken to the core since the disastrous quagmire now known as the “Phnom Penh incident.”
After Asean foreign ministers failed to issue their usual joint communiqué last week, an oft-asked question has become—which countries were holding it hostage?
Asean must learn how to play global superpowers to ensure the region’s stability and prosperity continues.
While the host of WEF was a loser, the greatest winner of the forum was the last-minute decision to have Aung San Suu Kyi as one of the speakers towards the end.
Aung San Suu Kyi receiving her Nobel Peace Prize and addressing the UK House of Commons marks an historic moment for Southeast Asia.
Asean as a group needs to ensure that all key policymakers—particularly the secretariat and CPR—are on the same page so that they can make timely decisions and be united in their vision.