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Notes from Arakan I: Of Double Names, Refugee Camps and Loaded Histories

Khin Zaw Win recalls his recent journey to Myanmar's westernmost state ravaged by a twin crisis of armed conflict and a raging pandemic.

Alongside COVID-19, Singapore Faces a Crisis of Difficult Geopolitical Choices

With the reelection of the ruling People's Action Party, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong must revive the Singaporean economy while balancing ties between the US and China.

With a Tough Lockdown and Tanking Economy, the Philippines Struggles to Recover

The Philippines must play to its strengths and dial down on its authoritarianism to rejuvenate a slumping economy and build investor confidence.

Why India Must Take a Leading Role in Securing the Indian Ocean Region

India is well-placed to lead a collaborative geostrategic architecture in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Virus or Hate, What Kills More?

Myanmar and India throw up troubling instances of things equally, if not more, menacing as the Novel Coronavirus - hatred, discrimination and relentless wars.

Myanmar’s Ongoing Agony: Time to Heed the Lessons of History

The fate of Dai Vet and Dali kingdoms could hold a lesson in inclusive statecraft for Myanmar's political decision-makers and peacebuilders.

Vietnam’s War on COVID-19

Vietnam has been one of Asia’s most successful nations in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. What did they do right?

What India Must Focus on in Myanmar

India's foreign policy on Myanmar must be centred on development assistance, trade expansion and bringing accountability on the Rohingya issue.

Dire Need for an Alternative in Rakhine

Responding to the Arakan Army with full military might would be counterproductive.

War on Drugs: How to Win in Philippines, Bangladesh

The counter-narcotics efforts of the Philippines and Bangladesh can be successful only if a comprehensive and long-term approach is taken.