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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.

Jay L. Batongbacal | December 12, 2014 | Source: Rappler

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Lucio Blanco Pitlo III | December 9, 2014

As an archipelago, the unity of the islands and the waters surrounding the same is a fundamental tenet for the Philippines. Having one of the world's longest coastlines and possessing a huge expanse of maritime domain to include its Exclusive Economic Zone and Extended Continental Shelf, safeguarding its seas and managing its marine resources long constitute a major challenge for the Philippine government. Aside from this geographical given, domestic and regional factors also put pressure on efforts to police these waters.

Tony La Viña | November 15, 2014 | Source: The Manila Standard

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Cielito F. Habito | November 11, 2014 | Source: Inquirer.net

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Mico Galang | November 10, 2014

Synopsis

The aim of this article is to discuss how the Philippines enhanced its national security by forging a more pragmatic foreign policy vis-à-vis its ties with Malaysia. The two countries have a long-standing dispute over the territory of Sabah. This article argues that with the advent of secessionist movements in Mindanao, the Philippines maintained a dormant claim to Sabah in order to gain Malaysian support for a peaceful solution to the Mindanao problem.

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