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Southeast Asia International Affairs


The LSE IDEAS Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme focuses on the contemporary challenges in the international affairs of Southeast Asia covering major issues of current coverage deemed of critical importance for the region and its links with a globalising world. More »|


King Rama X: The Thai Monarchy and Democracy |

Tuesday 6 May 2014, 1.00pm, B13, Lincoln's Inn Fields
Speaker: Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun; Chair: Dr Kirsten E. Schulze




Let’s get real about ASEAN community|

'Like Rome, the ASEAN community is not going to be built in a day.Community-building is a long road with many milestones. Even when advanced, there can be reversals, as can be seen in nation-states, the most developed contemporary organisation of communities.' Dr Mujid writes.


Hats off to Indonesia, writes Dr Majid.|

'Next week, on the 9th, Indonesians go to the polls to elect 560 members of the House of Representatives (as well as 132 to the Regional Representatives Council, which has also to approve matters of regional interest) from among 6,680 candidates.

This is a major event in the world’s third largest democracy, the fourth most populous nation in the world.'


China’s self-righteousness not always right|

'The description of China as truculent but not imperial Japan in a new book by Robert Kaplan titled Asia’s Cauldron: The South China Sea and the end to a stable Pacific is true only because China has, up to now, exercised greater patience in a global system that is largely inclusive. But because China has benefited from that system should we conclude it will not want to change it?' Dr Majid writes.



Now you see it, now you don't; Although not rip-roaring, the Malaysian economy is on an even keel|.

Dr Majid writes: 'Growth numbers have been consistent over a period of years now. Last year GDP growth was 4.7%. Although less than the 5.6% of the previous year, it was held up in the final two quarters, in line with the uptick in the global economy which has been showing encouraging signs.'


ASEAN: Focus on regional interest |

'Research commissioned by CIMB Asean Research Institute on behalf of the Asean Business Club shows gaps in achieving the Asean Economic Community (AEC) regional promise. These can be filled by a concentration on the regional interest which takes care of the national interest as well.' Dr Majid writes.


Brutal Financial Market; Malaysia had better beware  |

Dr Majid writes: 'While markets may be uncertain about the real economy, they can be brutal about destroying value.

Guardian columnist described a conclusion of cautious optimism at Davos last month this way: Cautiously optimistic and time will tell are just polite ways of saying I haven’t got a clue.'


South-East Asia not looking pretty; Denial will not solve anything|

South-East Asia is the region to watch this year for better or for worse. Of course we would like the world to see the bustling activity towards regional integration by the end of 2015. Although there would previously have been trepidation of Myanmar’s chairmanship of ASEAN, there is this year no fear it will screw up or cause the region huge embarrassment


It's the economy; But the politics will be intertwined inextricably|

Dr Majid writes: 'On Dec 20, President Barack Obama called for a press conference at the White House Briefing Room at four hours’ notice. He clearly wanted to end the year and look forward to the next on a high note....Instead, he was assailed by the press with an avalanche of domestic and foreign political issues which almost buried the good economic news.'


BBC News - Cambodia's Khmer Rouge trial hears closing statements
The UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia has started hearing closing statements, in what officials say is a crucial phase of the trial.

Mari Pangestu the best candidate to lead the WTO
Over the next few weeks, the 159 ambassadors to the WTO in Geneva will assemble to elect a new director-general for the period 2013–17, starting 1 September 2013.

Reducing Malaysia’s debt burden
Malaysia came out of the ‘Great Recession’ relatively little the worse for wear. One hangover, however, is a burden of debt higher than typical emerging markets, in both the public and private sectors.

Asia and the proper governance of international institutions
Improving the governance of international institutions is now a core objective in reform of the global order, following the global financial crisis.

Family Planning spurs development in Asia
Some five to six decades ago, between 1951 and 1965, a rather remarkable chain of events took place in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East: countries began to use family planning programs to address rapid population growth, and many subsequently experienced extraordinary economic growth.