Much admired, but also criticised, Pope Francis has been in office for five years now. He has already formed a legacy as a ‘pope of the people’ – and has changed the church, writes Christoph Strack.
For an inclusive Asean to happen, each member country must have some sort of policy alignment with the larger regional frameworks if they are to fully benefit from improved physical, institutional and people-to-people linkages, argues Sok Chenda Sophea.
Chan Kunthiny points out that the attitude of the currently hostile Cambodian diaspora can be turned around by better diplomacy, using lessons learned from Vietnam to bring overseas Vietnamese back home.
USS Carl Vinson’s visit to Danang is seen as a significant move that brings the two former enemies closer and signifies a greater level of trust between them, writes Le Hong Hiep.
China’s reaction to an American aircraft carrier’s first ever visit to Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War has been deliberately muted.
Cambodia and Australia have more to gain bilaterally and regionally from the Asean-Australia Special Summit in Sydney if domestic politics, currently being played to the gallery, is left out of the agenda, argues Cheunboran Chanborey.
In this curtain raiser, Chheang Vannarith argues that Australia has more to gain by actively engaging Asean to maintain regional peace and promote regional prosperity.
On International Women’s Day, Eileen McCormick argues that in order to reliably work on development for women, one needs to evaluate attitudes and beliefs, face up to cultural norms, and challenge them head on like any other development issue.
The Indian government has urged officials to shun upcoming events commemorating the Dalai Lama’s 60th anniversary of exile in India to avoid riling China at a time of rising tensions.
Five years on, since Xi Jinping became president, China has made historical achievements – from international trade to global diplomacy to build a community with a shared future for humanity, writes Xinhua.
The moral high ground currently taken by the EU and the US on Cambodia seems hypocritical if the Kingdom’s turbulent history in the 1970s and 1980s is recalled, argues Raoul Marc Jennar.
Failure to speak directly and with vigour to the Australian public about foreign policy and its future is a mistake, writes Nick Bisley.
A lot has been said about the challenge that Australia and other countries in Asia and the Pacific face in balancing their security interests with the US and economic interests with China.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s explicit nuclear threats last week will likely cause the United States and its European allies to reconsider their own nuclear postures.
As East Asia ushers in the Year of the Earth Dog, Japan, as a long-time partner of Myanmar, is critically viewing the mid-term tenure of the National League for Democracy government. Moe Thuzar tells why.
If any country deserves accolades for bringing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to a successful conclusion, it is Japan.
While law-abiding foreigners in Cambodia will undoubtedly follow the outlined procedure of getting a medical test for a work permit, even the best among them will begin to ask questions about the necessity of going through the entire process, writes Rama Ariadi.
Chan Sophal argues that the current form of democracy in the country is a recipe for continued division and a huge barrier to national unity.
Membership in Asean entails a sense of commitment to the regional good and the ball, now, is in Cambodia’s court. Tang Siew Mun tells why.
Consider the logic behind Republicans, as well as President Donald Trump’s own dealing with critics. It reveals a self-interested corrupting of American political discourse.
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) provides a platform to foster political dialogue, strengthen economic and cultural cooperation, and tackle global challenges together.
The Indo-Pacific strategy for all intents and purposes is used by the US to counterbalance the rise of China. This, argues Su Hao, is dangerous and could lead Asian nations toward confrontation, rather than promote regional peace.
The term “Indo-Pacific” has become widely resonant as a diplomatic and geopolitical construct, especially at the highest levels of Australian, Indian, Japanese, and US governments.
The Kingdom can no longer depend on the same old growth drivers to sustain its economy if it wants to move into higher value-added production and climb up the global value chain, writes Pheakdey Heng.
In the face of a rapidly ageing population, Asean needs to further promote dialogue and knowledge sharing on the issue and develop common pathways that support effective and productive participation in old age, writes Chheang Vannarith.
The song ‘Eve of Destruction’ is about the disintegration of human respect.
Freedom of opinion and expression is not the freedom to insult and defame the monarchy, writes Raoul Marc Jennar.
A potential president for life in Beijing bodes ill for governance. China’s rubber-stamp legislature is set to scrap term limits for leaders, meaning President Xi Jinping could stay around well beyond 2023, when his second term finishes.
The IOC tried to punish Russia for alleged state-sponsored doping by taking away its flag and anthem. But when the OARs won gold in ice hockey at the 2018 Winter Games, the strange name and Olympic flag fooled nobody, writes DW’s Chuck Penfold.
The report gives vent to imaginary thinking about strategic, technological, doctrinal and political/diplomatic surprises in potential US conflicts with China, Russia, North Korea and Iran.