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East Asia Forum is a platform for analysis and research on politics, economics, business, law, security, international relations and society relevant to public policy, centred on the Asia Pacific region. It consists of an online publication and a quarterly magazine, East Asia Forum Quarterly, which aim to provide clear and original analysis from the leading minds in the region and beyond.

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2022/01/22 | East Asia Forum

Vietnam’s Covid-19 Testing Scandal Goes Viral

Overpriced testing kits are an extremely sensitive issue that feeds into the long-standing problem of cronyism and backdoor politics in the medical equipment trade.

2022/01/17 | East Asia Forum

South Korea’s Transgender Community Pushes for Recognition and Acceptance

The issue of transgender discrimination was once again brought into the spotlight earlier in 2021, following the suicide of a soldier who was forcibly discharged from the military after a gender reassignment surgery.

2022/01/05 | East Asia Forum

Challenges Abound for Japan’s Kishida in 2022

Kishida’s new initiative called the “new form of capitalism” has been disappointing so far.

2021/12/21 | East Asia Forum

Succession Vacuum Looms Over Singapore Politics

This is a remarkable lapse granted the importance that Singaporean political culture places on predictable and smooth transitions of leadership.

2021/12/16 | East Asia Forum

All I Want for Christmas Is Supply Chain Resilience

The higher costs and lower reliability of international freight transport have been a problem since the start of the pandemic. Now, there are some signs that the worst is over.

2021/12/08 | East Asia Forum

Coal Versus Money in Asia

China’s announcement that it will no longer support foreign coal-fired power plants will have little impact.

2021/11/29 | East Asia Forum

Why There Are No Grand Alliances in Asia

A regional order that excludes one great power over the other may make sense geostrategically, but be unpalatable politically.

2021/11/24 | East Asia Forum

The Ongoing Battle for Historical Memory in Okinawa

Reflecting on the Battle of Okinawa sheds light on the ongoing exclusion of Okinawan voices in Japan.

2021/11/19 | East Asia Forum

The CPTPP Isn’t Just a Trade Deal for Taiwan, It’s a Survival Plan

The CPTPP is at the heart of mapping out Taiwan’s long-term survival, not just a means to remain competitive in global markets.

2021/11/16 | East Asia Forum

Why APEC Still Matters — More Than Ever

The architecture of regional cooperation and engagement through APEC has been deliberately framed to complement and strengthen the rules-based global order, not to serve as a substitute for it.

2021/10/28 | East Asia Forum

Japan’s Intensifying Refugee Debate

In Japan, the death of a Sri Lankan migrant highlighted the importance of thorough discussion on the provision of impartial treatment to detainees and asylum seekers.

2021/10/07 | East Asia Forum

Hong Kong and the Future of Chinese-language Journalism

Young people are still joining journalism programs in Hong Kong despite the decline of press freedom. But will there be space for critical journalism when they are ready to publish?

2021/10/01 | East Asia Forum

Myanmar’s Military Junta Has Long-Term Power Plans

The Myanmar military has extended its emergency rule until 2023. What does it plan to do in the next two years?

2021/09/27 | East Asia Forum

Taiwan’s Covid-19 Vaccine Struggles

Two lessons emerge from Taiwan’s experience with Covid-19 — even the best measures get eroded over time by complacency and fatigue, and it is nearly impossible to be safe from the virus without adequate vaccine deployment.

2021/07/07 | East Asia Forum

Taiwan’s China Dependency Is a Double-Edged Sword

As a major hub in global supply chains, Taiwan’s trade relationship with China depends on U.S. policy towards China and supply chain reform.

2021/05/18 | East Asia Forum

Asia Pacific Travel Bubbles and the Covid-19 ‘Diseasescape’

New arrangements like travel bubbles have re-arranged the globe into spheres of mobility.

2021/04/19 | East Asia Forum

Japan’s Response to the Coup in Myanmar

Japan’s approach to the coup in Myanmar is in some ways a middle road between the “distant” Western states that prioritize human rights and democracy and the “local” Asian states that prioritize stability and development.

2021/04/14 | East Asia Forum

No Plan B for Singapore’s Leadership Succession

After Heng Swee Keat’s departure, there is no clear successor to Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. It exposes serious internal challenges for the ruling party.