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Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit | March 18, 2015 | Source: RSIS

Synopsis

Although Southeast Asian economies rely on international labour as a key element of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the progress of labour liberalisation has been disappointing. It is obstructed by domestic laws and regulations due to differing concerns of labour-exporting and labour-importing countries.

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Walden Bello | March 17, 2015 | Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.

Early in the morning of January 25, commandos belonging to the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police crept into the southern town of Mamasapano — a stronghold of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The elite Seaborne Unit had come for Zulkifli Abdhir, a Malaysian bomb maker better known as “Marwan.”

By the end of the morning, dozens lay dead.

Barry Desker | March 5, 2015 | Source: RSIS

Synopsis

As ASEAN enters a critical year in which it has to declare itself as a single ASEAN Community, a fundamental question needs to be asked: Is ASEAN integration a growing reality or an aspiration that remains unfulfilled?

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Julio S. Amador III and Jeremie P. Credo | February 24, 2015 | Source: CIRSS

Enjoying steady bilateral relations since diplomatic ties were established after the Vietnam War in 1976, the Philippines and Vietnam are now engaging in high-level dialogues to try to establish a strategic partnership.

Raman Letchumanan | February 11, 2015 | Source: RSIS

Synopsis

The ASEAN Community is to be established this year. ASEAN should convey, very early in the new year, a coordinated message on what exactly the ASEAN Community 2015 is and what the people can expect come 31 December 2015.

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Raman Letchumanan | February 11, 2015 | Source: RSIS

Synopsis

The ASEAN Community is to be established this year. ASEAN should convey, very early in the new year, a coordinated message on what exactly the ASEAN Community 2015 is and what the people can expect come 31 December 2015.

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Raman Letchumanan | February 11, 2015 | Source: RSIS

Synopsis

The ASEAN Community is to be established this year. ASEAN should convey, very early in the new year, a coordinated message on what exactly the ASEAN Community 2015 is and what the people can expect come 31 December 2015.

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Sanchita Basu Das | January 31, 2015 | Source: East Asia Forum

Regardless of whether or not the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will be successfully concluded by its deadline of 31 December 2015, we shouldn’t be solely obsessing about its ability to deliver its ‘single market’ objective on time: the AEC project has broader strategic objectives too, and on that front, it’s been a success.

Walden Bello | January 15, 2015 | Source: Foreign Policy In Focus

A 'seismic shift' in Philippine climate diplomacy sheds some light on the dilemmas faced by climate-vulnerable developing countries.

With its exposure to extremely violent typhoons that have taken thousands of lives, the Philippines has become the poster child for the malevolent effects of climate change. This has conferred a kind of moral authority on the Philippine delegations to the climate talks over the last few years.

Lucio Pitlo III | December 20, 2014 | Source: East Asia Forum

The establishment of the China Coast Guard (CCG) in 2013 created a huge stir. Neighbouring countries may see the CCG as a major instrument for China to reconfigure maritime power structure in the region.

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