The time is ripe for Indonesia, India, and Japan to shed their inhibitions and redouble their efforts to strengthen the foundations of Myanmar’s democracy.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a necessary condition for the United States to establish a market-oriented and open regional economic order in the Asia-Pacific.
If the collapse of the SAARC summit in Islamabad has made the consideration of alternatives an immediate imperative, the enthusiasm of Sri Lanka’s prime minister for Bay of Bengal regionalism may provide a way forward.
Malaysia would be better served by the broad, inclusive idea of a civic nation, which facilitates multiple identities, rather than narrow conceptions that pit one identity against another.
There is a nice fit between a growing Asia’s demand for economic and military balance in the region and Modi’s Act East policy.
Delhi must try and build a stable balance of the power system in the region. That would demand greater military engagement with all the major powers, and not “military neutrality” between them.
The furor over the Philippines v. China arbitration case constitutes a significant development that could influence the prospects for future rivalry or cooperation in the Western Pacific.
India claims it will “look east” in its foreign policy, but it continues to be distracted by the West. Meanwhile, China is becoming a more attractive partner for others in the region.
While the book's logic is compelling, with solid analysis and prescriptions, its recommendations for fundamental reforms fail to take into account the political-economy constraints embedded in post-Suharto Indonesia's complex and evolving political system.
Following the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s ruling in favor of the Philippines on the South China Sea issue and its rejection of any legal basis for Beijing to claim historical rights to the nine-dash line, Chinese leadership must be wrestling with the question of whether to transform its disavowal of the decision into more than words