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Can Japan Be a Bridge Between AUKUS and ASEAN?
October 26, 2021

Can Japan Be a Bridge Between AUKUS and ASEAN?

By Rafyoga Jehan Pratama Irsadanar
Positioned on the outside of AUKUS, but with friendly ties will all countries involved, Japan can reassure ASEAN about the new pact.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s European Tour
October 26, 2021

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon’s European Tour

By Ana-Maria Anghelescu
European leaders concerned with Afghanistan’s security situation may see Tajikistan as a useful partner to limit refugee flows to Europe.
ASEAN Summit Opens Via Video Link, Minus Myanmar
October 26, 2021

ASEAN Summit Opens Via Video Link, Minus Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
Myanmar chose not to send a delegate to the summit after the bloc voted to take coup leader Min Aung Hlaing off the guest list.

Myanmar Junta Decries Exclusion of Coup Leader From ASEAN Summit
October 25, 2021

Myanmar Junta Decries Exclusion of Coup Leader From ASEAN Summit

By Sebastian Strangio
After initially appearing to take ASEAN's decision on the chin, the military government has stiffened its position.

US Leadership Could Change Course of Myanmar’s Human Rights Crisis
October 22, 2021

US Leadership Could Change Course of Myanmar’s Human Rights Crisis

By Carolyn Nash
A U.S.-led coalition that intensifies this pressure could change the course of Myanmar’s protracted human rights disaster. 

Biden’s Nominee for Singapore Ambassador Pledges to Bolster Economic, Security Ties
October 22, 2021

Biden’s Nominee for Singapore Ambassador Pledges to Bolster Economic, Security Ties

By Sebastian Strangio
However, tech entrepreneur Jonathan Kaplan's promise to raise press freedom concerns is likely to get a chilly reception.

Malaysian FM Calls for ‘Soul-Searching’ Over ASEAN Non-Interference
October 22, 2021

Malaysian FM Calls for ‘Soul-Searching’ Over ASEAN Non-Interference

By Sebastian Strangio
Saifuddin Abdullah says the Southeast Asian bloc has to fundamentally rethink its approach to the crisis in Myanmar.
Does It Matter If Myanmar’s Junta Leader Is Banned From the ASEAN Summit?
October 22, 2021

Does It Matter If Myanmar’s Junta Leader Is Banned From the ASEAN Summit?

By David Hutt
Despite uninviting Min Aung Hlaing from the summit, it remains unclear whether the Southeast Asian bloc has a longer-term plan.

India-Israel Ties: New Opportunities in the Middle East
October 22, 2021

India-Israel Ties: New Opportunities in the Middle East

By Alvite Ningthoujam
Jaishankar’s trip to Israel highlights just how much India’s approach to the Middle East has changed in the last few years.

Is Russia Starting to Sour on China?
October 22, 2021

Is Russia Starting to Sour on China?

By Yuan Jiang
A prominent Russian analyst thinks the high point of Sino-Russian cooperation has passed.

A Quad for the Middle East?
October 22, 2021

A Quad for the Middle East?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The difficulties with traditional multilateralism is leading to a renewed focus on minilateralism. Expect more quads.
Are India and Pakistan Looking to Restart Cricket Diplomacy?
October 21, 2021

Are India and Pakistan Looking to Restart Cricket Diplomacy?

By Moazzam Ishaq
An invitation from India’s cricket head to his Pakistani counterpart could provide the opening for a thaw in the broader relationship.

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