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Seminar and book launch ”The Mekong: Law, Dams and Development”

Date :  17/02/2016 - 17/02/2016
Seminar and book launch ”The Mekong: Law, Dams and Development” at 10.00a.m.-12.00p.m. Wednesday 17th February 2016. 
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'Asian values' become region's new battlefront 

Geopolitical tensions have soared alongside risk perceptions amid intensifying major-power rivalry in 21st century Asia, from the East and South China seas to the Indian and Pacific oceans. Yet the crucial battle that could determine the region's broader fate is not about territory. Rather, it revolves around the values that underpin Asia's authoritarian and democratic regimes. 
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Thai-US treaty alliance needs realigning 

That the United States' role in Asia's fluid and dynamic geopolitical canvas is considered indispensable is not a matter of dispute. Governments and states in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia have all been in favour of a continued American engagement that dates back more than a century, and which intensified after World War II and throughout the Cold War. 
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Thailand's rocky road for 2016 and beyond 

No country in Southeast Asia has been shooting itself in the foot more than Thailand. With so much going for it, the second-largest economy in the region manages to underperform spectacularly. 
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Between authoritarianism and democracy 

So far in the 21st century, political fortunes in Southeast Asian states have been mixed. As the world's only region that harbours all political regimes from absolutism in Brunei and authoritarianism in Thailand to thriving democracy in Indonesia and communist one-party rule in Vietnam, Southeast Asia's political future will likely be sandwiched between a rule by the few and government by the majority. 
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Thailand's uphill outlook for 2016 and beyond 

Constitutional machinations and the ongoing tussle between a monarchist elite and democratic forces look set to put Thailand on track for another difficult year. 
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NLD's sweep to usher in era of 'elected autocracy' in Myanmar 

YANGON -- One of the most revealing remarks about voter sentiment in Myanmar's historic Nov. 8 polls came from a middle-aged woman who stood patiently under the blazing sun, waiting to cast her ballot in central Yangon. 
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Myanmar reflects Asean domestic dilemmas 

Myanmar's momentous elections on Sunday have a familiar ring to them. Now, just like 25 years ago, the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), spearheaded by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is poised to thump the military-led Union Solidarity and Development Part (USDP) by a resounding margin. 
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South Korea: more than K-pop and kimchi 

South Korea is no longer shy talking about its role in promoting democracy and human rights in Asia and beyond. This new sense of confidence comes mainly from its full blossoming democratisation since the economic crisis in 1997. Its civil society groups are also very active within Asia and they serve as feisty watchdogs to ensure the transparency and accountability of government policies. 
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Party chiefs on collision course 

HINTHADA, Myanmar -- The head of Myanmar's ruling party conveyed a warning to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that "nobody is above the president," in response to her claim that she would be "above the president" if her National League for Democracy party wins a clear majority in the country's Nov. 8 election. 
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Shared strategic dilemma of US allies 

What do Australia, South Korea and Thailand have in common? All three are members of the US alliance in the Asia-Pacific. But their commonality does not end there. They all accept the rise of China and its influence in international order. Most of all, they heavily depend on economic ties with China, the arch-rival of the US. China is also their No. 1 trading partner. 
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