An analysis of the week’s top international news stories.
Seventy years after World War II, Southeast Asia stands at a crossroads amid multilateral trade negotiations, economic integration initiatives, political turmoil, and the establishment of new development institutions and regional governance frameworks.
Though Asia remains the fastest growing region globally, its growth rate is slowing. Are the policies of countries in the region robust enough to deal with external exigencies, and how successful will they be?
Indonesians’ assessment of their new president is decidedly mixed. But with formidable political assets, Jokowi’s second year in office could be better than his first.
If Chinese President Xi Jinping’s two-day visit to Pakistan was about celebrating Beijing’s friendship, his presence at Bandung, Indonesia is likely to see an assertion of the Chinese claim to leadership in Asia.
President Joko Widodo’s first four months in office have been anything but uneventful. He has had to confront a series of political challenges from the opposition coalition, the police, his own party, and even his mentor, former president Megawati Sukarnoputri.
ASEAN should not force itself to become a single community by a certain date but instead focus its resources and attention on strengthening capacity and effectiveness in immediately relevant roles.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo faces two huge challenges. The first is political and has mesmerized the country for the last fortnight. The second is economic, less well known and less urgent, but will also test his leadership mettle.
In 2009, Southeast Asian political leaders accelerated their target date for realizing the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) to 2015. As the deadline looms, there are competing opinions on what can be accomplished by the end of this year, the AEC’s potential impact, and its near-term priorities.
This book analyzes the structure and impact of U.S. relations with Pacific countries on regional stability, both bilaterally and multilaterally.