Malaysia, the Philippines and ASEAN

Are there still signs for optimism in ASEAN?


The east is red

Why Southeast Asia is now firmly in the grip of China.


India in ASEAN

Can New Delhi think beyond the China factor and build lasting ties in Southeast Asia?

Cambodian farmers planting rice. Photo: Brad Collis/ Wikimedia commons

Trapped in economic upheaval

Unskilled workers are at risk of exploitation in the ASEAN Economic Community.


A statement on the South China Sea ruling

Indonesia foreign policy experts call for respect and restraint.


ASEAN’s South China Sea ulcer

South China Sea a health risk and needs to be confronted sooner rather than later.


Judgement day won’t bring the end of times

South China Sea ruling between Philippines and China can lead to diplomatic solutions.


Graft games

How corruption fuels Southeast Asia's democratic deficit.

exit from the eurozone: golden star fallen from a blue wall

Brexit serves as a warning to ASEAN

An ascendant Asia doesn’t guarantee ASEAN’s survival


What Brexit means for ASEAN

Split between UK and EU will have economic, political and psychological repercussions for Southeast Asia.


ASEAN can’t afford to be hollow on regional tensions

Southeast Asian states need to maintain unity or risk irrelevance in the face of growing tensions and rivalry in the South China Sea.


The ASEAN experiment

Nicholas Farrelly and Kishore Mahbubani on the organisation's past, present and future.

Mynmar - General Photos

The go-to site on Southeast Asia

Peter Drysdale, co-founder of East Asia Forum reflects on New Mandala's first decade.

The headquarter of Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) in Jalan Sisingamangaraja No.70A, South Jakarta, Indonesia.

The future of the EU-ASEAN relationship

Carlo Filippini on the key differences between ASEAN and the EU and the relationship's trajectory.


Washington’s pivot to Southeast Asia

Why the US needs to strengthen its economic ties with Southeast Asia.


ASEAN deconstructs

A multilateral mess that threatens the region's security.


Ritualism and the erosion of human rights

States in the Asia-Pacific increasingly pay lip service to protections they sign up to.

ASEAN leaders gather for a family photo with U.S. President Obama after a US-ASEAN meeting at the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur

Self-interest and the spectre of Beijing at Sunnylands

US-ASEAN summit shows that a new Cold War mindset is descending on Asia.


Recognising restrictive regimes

US-ASEAN Summit sends bad signal for rights across the region, writes Caitlin McCaffrie.


Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

Bridget Welsh surveys the rise of a worrying trend in the region.


An ASEAN devoid of its community

Human rights is being left out of the ASEAN narrative.


ASEAN adjusts to a new democratic phenomenon

Why the region should welcome Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar's new government.


ASEAN’s community moving in circles

Regional organisation continues to stumble in its quest for further integration.