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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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2021/09/27 | 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.

2022/05/17 | East Asia Forum

Japan’s Reluctant Realism on Taiwan

As a key U.S. ally in East Asia, Japan is debating the introduction of legislation to ready itself to deal with a contingency scenario in Taiwan, a defensive response rather than a proactive military strategy.

2019/10/31 | East Asia Forum

Taiwan's 2020 Election Is Not Just a Battle Between Presidential Candidates

Taiwan's 2020 election isn't just about the presidents — it's about the the local elections too.

2019/12/25 | East Asia Forum

2019 Marked a Year of Economic Shift for Taiwan

2019 could be the beginning of the end of the economic integration between Taiwan and China that has persisted for the past 25 years.

2019/09/24 | East Asia Forum

How China Manipulates Geopolitics With Tourism Control

China is holding its outward tourism hostage to pressure other countries to succumb to its influence and policies. Is there a way to retaliate China's "tourism kidnapping"?

2022/02/17 | East Asia Forum

Presidential Politics Heats up in Indonesia

Jokowi and his coalition partners have been preoccupied not just with the remaining two years of this presidential term, but also with the remainder of the decade. They have been prepared to countenance options that are contrary to democratic principles.

2020/03/09 | East Asia Forum

Philippines Bans Deployment of Filipino Workers to Kuwait Due to Mistreatment

The Philippine government restricted the amount of overseas Filipino workers in Kuwait after a series of infractions against the bilateral labor agreement.

2019/10/17 | East Asia Forum

Why Would Pakistan Rely on China Over Other Allies?

Pakistan often turns to the wealthy Arab states, China, or the United States for economic and diplomatic support — but why does China remain the most important ally for Pakistan?

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.

2021/03/31 | 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.

2018/12/11 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Here's How Taiwan Should Tweak the New Southbound Policy

Taiwan's New Southbound Policy is bearing fruit, but could benefit from concrete proposals that map with partner countries' own development agendas.

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.

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.

2019/09/04 | East Asia Forum

China's Labor Reforms Dwindle After Government Crackdown

Space for Chinese workers to organize labor rights movement has been narrowed to its slimmest in the last decade.

2018/12/13 | East Asia Forum

Meet Singapore's Next Leader, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat

The re-emergence of Heng Swee Keat as successor to Lee Hsien Loong as Singapore's leader could be viewed as a stopgap to the rise of Lee's son, Li Hongyi.

2018/08/27 | East Asia Forum

The Challenges of Delivering a New Deal for Malaysia

A motley ruling coalition faces tough challenges in executing systemic reform.

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.