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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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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.

2021/03/31 | East Asia Forum

Tibetans in Exile Facing New Challenges

Tibetans in exile will elect the new president in April. The leader will need fresh thinking and expertise to navigate the challenges ahead.

2021/03/22 | East Asia Forum

The Clubhouse Challenge To Digital Authoritarianism in Thailand

Clubhouse seems to pose a threat to the Thai government, allowing protesters to discuss sensitive topics, including the monarchy. Authorities are threatening to block access to it after a surge in popularity.

2021/03/12 | East Asia Forum

Will Myanmar’s Coup Help China Influence ASEAN?

China is adapting to the situation in Myanmar by making good with the military government, but ASEAN’s quiet diplomacy is likely to prevent a surge in Chinese regional influence.

2021/03/02 | East Asia Forum

Global Vaccination Is Still a Jab in the Dark

Asian countries have largely done a good job containing Covid-19, but the slow rollout of vaccination programs threatens to undermine their successes.

2021/02/18 | East Asia Forum

Political Repression and Authoritarian Legalism in Hong Kong

Defenders of Hong Kong’s legal system will insist that judicial independence is a prerequisite for the region’s continued wellbeing, but Beijing may reason that modern China has done well enough with its captive courts.

2021/02/05 | East Asia Forum

Protecting the Taiwan Strait in the 21st Century

Whether the U.S. should maintain strategic ambiguity or embrace strategic clarity on Taiwan is an important but distinct question. Neither policy stands a chance of long-term success without sustained U.S. military capabilities in the Asia Pacific.

2021/01/19 | East Asia Forum

Rethinking Japan’s Refugee and Asylum Policy

Japan is unlikely to expand its refugee intake in the near future despite international criticism.

2021/01/12 | East Asia Forum

How Will Biden’s Strategy on South Asia Differ From Trump’s?

U.S. president-elect Joe Biden might shake up Washington's current foreign policy, but not its South Asia policy.

2021/01/08 | East Asia Forum

Singapore’s 2020 Risk Management Strategy

Singapore has kept the pandemic under control and its economy has survived in much better shape than expected. The success is based on the Singaporean government’s aversion to risks.

2020/12/31 | East Asia Forum

The Year of Unexpected Successes in Taiwan

While the world waits to see how the Biden administration’s foreign policy team will approach China and Taiwan, President Tsai at least will be in a position to roll into 2021 confident in Taiwan’s firm global standing.

2020/12/23 | East Asia Forum

How China’s State Serves the Party

Despite the vast and ongoing challenges through 2020 because of Covid-19, the Chinese Communist Party has never looked more dominant.

2020/12/18 | East Asia Forum

ASEAN in the Driver’s Seat in the South China Sea

After decade-long disputes, what can we expect to see in South China Sea in the upcoming year?

2020/12/10 | East Asia Forum

North Korea Faces One of Its Toughest Winters

North Koreans are in for a tough winter, with the Covid-19 pandemic, severe food shortages, and the lack of heating options.

2020/12/02 | East Asia Forum

Why RCEP Is a Big Deal

The RCEP trade deal, signed on November 15, shows deep commitments to trade liberalization and regional economic integration, but challenges to implement it lie ahead.

2020/11/23 | East Asia Forum

Can Suga Lead on Japanese Foreign Policy?

Suga can be one of the many typical post-war premiers who focuses on domestic policy, but the regional security environment around Japan will not allow this indefinitely.

2020/11/17 | East Asia Forum

The Shifting US Position Over the Senkaku Islands

With U.S. commitment to help defend the Senkaku Islands, the question Japan now faces is whether it will be drawn deeper into the increasingly hostile U.S. policies toward China, a country that happens to be Japan’s largest trading partner.