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 Event Summary 2016

Myanmar’s New Era: Problems and Prospects 

"Myanmar’s New Era: Problems and Prospects," Monday, 16th May 2016 

ASEAN Policy Speech “Diversity and Connectivity – Role of Japan as a Partner” 

ASEAN Policy Speech “Diversity and Connectivity – Role of Japan as a Partner” by H.E. Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan at 11.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. Monday, 2nd May 2016 

The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Forward 

"The Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: Challenges, Opportunities and Ways Forward," Thursday, 28th April 2016 

Thailand’s Draft Constitution and Referendum: Principles, Stakes, Directions 

"Thailand’s Draft Constitution and Referendum: Principles, Stakes, Directions" at 9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. Wednesday, 16th March 2016 

The ASEAN Community is Here: Now What? 

"The ASEAN Community is Here: Now What?" at 8.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m. Friday, 12th February 2016 

Thitinan Pongsudhirak: China's alarming 'water diplomacy' on the Mekong 

At first glance, it looks beneficent. As countries along the Lower Mekong river that snakes through mainland Southeast Asia struggled in the grip of a severe drought, China announced it would release water from its upstream Jinghong dam over nearly a month from March 15. 

Puey's passage stirs up old questions, issues 

As Thai society has been caught up in a cultish and contentious search for the khon dee, or "good people", few can be more justifiably glorified than Puey Ungphakorn, a heroic Thai patriot from the Second World War and a quintessential technocrat who worked under military-authoritarian rule without selling his soul to it. 

The US-Asean summit put in perspective 

It is easy to read too much into the first-ever United States-Asean summit. True, the just-concluded top-level gathering between the 10 Asean leaders and President Barack Obama was a watershed in many ways. It underscored America’s attention and intention behind the Obama administration’s geo-strategic “rebalance” to Asia. 

'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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.