Amid today’s global conflicts, debasement of public debate, attacks on democratic institutions, and escalating geopolitical tensions, it is hard to find much cause for hope.
The year of 2019 finally arrives. It will be a fair year for countries which are willing and able to collectively address challenges.
Hard power is on the ascendant – powers at whose summits are men (in every case) who use nationalism and the projection and growth of military force to bolster their popularity.
Mr Trump tweeted Sunday morning that he had a “long and very good call”, with Chinese President Xi Jinping, conveying a positive tone about the talk.
As the international order enters into a multi-polar world, Cambodia, it seems, is adjusting its foreign policy objectives and strategies accordingly.
Former finance minister Heng Swee Keat might have what it takes to be Singapore’s fourth prime minister. However, Fan Lei writes that there are concerns about his health and his limited diplomatic experience.
There is no consensus on what the Indo-Pacific concept will cover. It is not clear what kind of structure is needed for such an Indo-Pacific construct.
There has been an ebb and flow in Cambodia’s relations with Vietnam, 40 years after Vietnamese troops helped ‘liberate’ the country from the yoke of the genocidal Khmer Rouge, writes Cheunboran Chanborey.
The Vietnamese economy continued to show resilience overall in 2018. But Suiwah Leung warns the country’s challenges and risks are mounting and the government needs to continue with more ambitious reforms.
The 2018 G20 Summit in Buenos Aires offered Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi another international occasion to bolster his political standing at home.
The DPRK Embassy in Phnom Penh profiles Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and his success through the years in international politics, culminating in 2018 with the thawing of inter-Korean relations.
Over the last year or so, relations between China and India have witnessed significant progress.
With the future of the EU-UK relationship shrouded in uncertainty and crises brewing in France, Italy, and elsewhere, 2019 will be another difficult year for Europe.
Clive Kessler looks at 2018, in Malaysia, when the new Pakatan Harapan government – a coalition of four political parties – was unexpectedly elected to power on May 9.
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which is the new acronym for the earlier botched Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), might pose serious problems for Asean countries that are signing up to this major trade and investment deal.
Defense Secretary James Mattis’ resignation, one day after Donald Trump’s stunning move to pull all US troops from Syria, is consequential.
Data released from the National Bureau of Statistics on Friday was worse than expected. In particular, total retail sales of consumer goods went up 8.1 percent year-on-year in November. This is considered relatively low, compared to the previous rate.
The good economic news continued for Japan in 2018 despite a temporary, natural disaster-induced third-quarter downturn. Nonetheless, domestic and foreign policy developments were more challenging in the year for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
If 2017 was a year of testing nuclear missiles and 2018 a year of summitry, perhaps only Kim Jong Un will know what 2019 will bring.
If France does indeed descend into uncertainty or even chaos, things look bleak for the EU, at a time when two other main European powers – Britain and Germany – are engaged in fighting their own internal and inner demons.
Nurul Izzah Anwar’s announcement of her immediate resignation from the PKR vice-presidency has sent shockwaves within the Pakatan Harapan coalition.
2018 started with political chaos in Timor-Leste. Historical disputes between independence hero Xanana Gusmao and the parties he has been able to bring into alliance against the Fretilin party resurfaced.
Looking ahead, 2019 may see both an election and a coronation in Thailand. If that happens, the junta will likely consider the coronation as a royal endorsement of the military’s political efforts since the 2014 coup.
Asean’s rapid urbanisation has implications for important issues such as strained infrastructure, rising inequalities, and public safety and security.
Overall, China’s government and companies are still on a learning curve. The strong backlash against the BRI is leading them to reflect on their business and investment practices, both at home and abroad.
The UN General Assembly is set to endorse the Global Compact on Refugees, a week after a similar accord for migrants.
The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is a declaration of war by the US to further its attempt to cripple Beijing’s corporate sector through tariffs and the destruction of deals in order to assert dominance over China, several experts say.
Developing a harmonised approach to the digital economy would help Asean harness the opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (or Industry 4.0) and enhance the regional grouping’s digital competitiveness, writes Phidel Vineles.
Violence against children is often an area that attracts little interest from decision makers. Cambodia has proven, for the best, to be an exception.
Canada has freed Meng Wanzhou on bail, which is a positive development, but the Huawei executive deserves to be given back her complete freedom by the courts, bringing closure to the fraught legal saga.