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U.S.-Vietnam post-war reconciliation: a work in process
Forty-five years after the cessation of the Vietnam War, relations behind Vietnam and the U.S. have improved markedly. But, as Dr Ivan V. Small writes, some issues, such as the legacy of Agent Orange and relations with former refugees, require delicate handling.
Fighting COVID-19: China's soft power opportunities in mainland Southeast Asia
In mainland Southeast Asia, the Chinese government’s effective measures to curb the pandemic outbreak at home and the provision of COVID-19 assistance to regional countries have enhanced China’s soft power. And as Dr Chheang Vannarith, Visiting Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, writes, most of the mainland Southeast Asian countries, except Vietnam, have been receptive to China’s COVID-19 diplomacy.
Aung San Suu Kyi's uncertain fate
The woman at the centre of Myanmar’s crisis, State Counsellor Aung Sun Suu Kyi, has been jailed and cut off from supporters since the February coup. Veteran analyst Andrew Selth asks what lies ahead for the country’s most popular political figure.
Biden versus Trump in Southeast Asia: where the rubber meets the road
Expectations of the Biden Administration’s engagement with Southeast Asia are running high, but, like his predecessor, President Biden did not register any meetings or phone calls with Southeast Asian leaders in his first three months in office, writes Malcolm Cook.
ASEAN Summit on Myanmar and the 5-Point Consensus
On 24 April, ASEAN held a high-level summit to discuss the mounting crisis in Myanmar. It was the first foreign visit by Myanmar Junta Leader, Min Aung Hlaing, since the coup on 1 February, which has resulted in more than 700 deaths and the detention of more than 3,300 people.