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Aileen San Pablo Baviera | July 12, 2014 | Source: Viewpoints on International Relations

Presented at a Workshop organized by the East-West Center in Washington, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation,
12-13 June 2014, ISEAS Singapore.

Ely Ratner | June 24, 2014 | Source: War on the Rocks

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Arif Havas Oegroseno | June 4, 2014 | Source: RSIS

Synopsis

The successful conclusion of long-dormant negotiations between Indonesia and the Philippines over maritime boundaries holds key lessons for claimant states of disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Commentary

THE RECENT conclusion of negotiation over maritime boundaries between Indonesia and the Philippines was a significant development for the two ASEAN member states. Their negotiation commenced in June 1994 and was dormant until 2003.

Ian Townsend - Gault | June 3, 2014 | Source: RSIS

Synopsis

Recent exchanges over South China Sea issues continue to focus primarily on sovereignty over islands and jurisdiction over adjacent marine areas. But coastal state rights are balanced by obligations, such as to protect the marine biosphere, especially in a semi-enclosed sea.

Nazery Khalid | May 26, 2014

As the political temperature in the South China Sea (SCS) shoots up arising from the maritime disputes and clashing strategic interests, the protagonists are edging closer towards serious confrontation that can threaten regional peace and stability.

The SCS, where key shipping lanes and fertile hydrocarbon energy fields and fishing grounds crisscross, has seen a spate of worrisome developments that can blow up into conflicts if not prevented from escalating.

Peter Drysdale | May 12, 2014 | Source: East Asia Forum

Over the past few days ASEAN leaders met in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, for the first time ever at their 24th summit. Against what were once considered long odds, ASEAN has become a central feature of Asian regional architecture. It is a bulwark of regional stability and increasing prosperity in Southeast Asia and a pivotal element in the geopolitics of the whole Asian region.

Giovanni Capannelli | May 11, 2014 | Source: East Asia Forum

When ASEAN was created 47 years ago its leaders intended to strengthen regional security — not to create an economic community. And although many scholars thought it wouldn’t survive its initial years, the group has reached maturity, becoming a key organisation for Asian regionalism and a crucial partner for the rest of the world. ASEAN is currently working to form an overarching community based on deep political-security, economic and socio-cultural pillars.

Aileen San Pablo Baviera | May 9, 2014 | Source: Asia Pacific Bulletin

President Barack Obama’s visit to the Philippines, the last leg of his recent four-nation Asian tour, produced a new bilateral defense agreement that was touted by some observers as the single most significant outcome of his regional foray. The agreement was said to contribute to his goals of reassuring allies and signaling that the United States is serious about its “rebalance” to Asia.

Walden Bello | April 28, 2014 | Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

As U.S. President Barack Obama descends on the Philippines, Manila and Washington are rushing to complete negotiations on an Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC) between the two countries.

The Philippines’ territorial disputes with China are one major reason for this new agreement. With Washington’s help, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III wants to make the Chinese respect the Philippines’ claims in the Scarborough Shoal, the Spratly Islands, the continental shelf, and its 200-mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Walden Bello | April 23, 2014 | Source: Inquirer.Net

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