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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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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.

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.

2020/11/10 | East Asia Forum

Refugees Left Stranded by Southeast Asia Amid Covid-19

As governments impose strict border controls to contain the spread of Covid-19, asylum seekers and refugees are stranded at sea.

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.

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?

2020/11/06 | East Asia Forum

Chinese-Style Censorship Is No Fix for the Covid-19 Infodemic

China’s control has turned its internet environment into a hotbed of distorted information and ultra-nationalistic narratives.

2020/10/30 | East Asia Forum

Myanmar’s Elections Are Not a Level Playing Field

The second multiparty election in Myanmar, slated for November 8, may simply be a proof that democracy is going backwards in the Southeast Asian nation.

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.

2020/12/23 | 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.

2020/12/10 | 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.

2020/03/26 | East Asia Forum

China's Economic Growth Inextricable From the Rest of the World

Restoring China’s productive capacity in the coming weeks would require an unlikely revival of U.S. demand.

2020/09/23 | East Asia Forum

Covid-19 Exposes Gaps in South Korea’s Social Security System

Covid-19 has exposed a weak point in the South Korean social security system. One option on the table is a universal basic income.

2020/07/02 | East Asia Forum

Covid-19 Is Accelerating China’s Economic Self-Reliance

Reliance on domestic consumption is just one of the shifts accelerated by the coronavirus and the increasing rivalry with the United States.