Thursday, September 21, 2017

World without nuclear weapons elusive despite ban treaty

As Hiroshima and Nagasaki marked the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings, aging survivors deplored what they called the hypocrisy of the Japanese government following its decision to stay out of a treaty banning nuclear arms.

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The ASEAN Charter at 10: prospects and retrospect

ASEAN celebrated its 50th anniversary this week.

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Trump throws his own North Korea strategy a curve

Just when President Donald Trump’s strategy for North Korea was finally starting to show dividends, he threw it a curve.

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US, allies slow Beijing’s S. China Sea momentum

With the rise of a friendly leader in the Philippines, China has been spared a vocal adversary in the disputed South China Sea. In the process, it has gained momentum despite last year’s ruling by an arbitration tribunal that invalidated its expansive claims in the disputed waters.

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ASEAN at 50: More a neighborhood than a community

South-East Asian countries today are far more integrated than they have ever been in the modern history of the region, but ASEAN has some way to go before it can call itself a real community.

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Four narratives make ASEAN unique at 50

ASEAN, which observes its golden jubilee on August 8, has come a long way, making a significant contribution to peace, security and prosperity. Now, when its future prospects and centrality look uncertain, it has four narratives to tell and two contrasting models from which to choose.

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British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar – Lucky number 3

The British Chamber of Commerce Myanmar officially established its presence in Myanmar on July 16, 2014, beginning with a desk in the British Embassy, one full-time member of staff and one part-time member of staff.

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Will ASEAN still be relevant in 50 years?

In today’s world, it is hard to forecast what will happen in the next five years, let alone the next five decades. It is clear, however, that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations needs to change its mindset from top to bottom if it is to remain a relevant international organisation.

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N. Korean missile tests spook neighbours, but ‘what to do?’

North Korea’s flurry of missile launches – 20 of them just in the past year – is a new and alarming fact of life for Japan and its other neighbours.

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America’s dangerous anti-Iran posturing

In recent weeks, US President Donald Trump and his advisers have joined Saudi Arabia in accusing Iran of being the epicenter of Middle East terrorism.

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