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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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2020/12/18 | 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?

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.

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.

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.

2022/06/01 | East Asia Forum

As the World Sanctions Russia, China Takes Note

China’s reliance on the West and its capacity to withstand sanctions will be reduced if it has more control over the financial system. While it is working towards becoming less economically dependent on the West, it is not there yet.

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.

2019/11/12 | East Asia Forum

How Will Foreign Workers Reshape Japanese Politics?

Japan's new law that allows for the entry of non-skilled foreign workers will help with the aging local economy, but it has also become a heated debate for the Japanese politicians.

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.

2021/03/22 | 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.

2022/09/01 | East Asia Forum

Japan’s Women Lawmakers Remain Seated

Japan’s celebration of record high number of women who won seats in the upper house may not stand up to close scrutiny.

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.

2018/12/26 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Why 2018 Was a Good Year for Taiwan's Democracy

'Despite increasing diplomatic pressure from the CCP, long-term trends remain in favor of Taiwan maintaining its de facto independence.'

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.

2022/01/26 | East Asia Forum

Myanmar Tumbles Into the Abyss

The Myanmar army’s capacity to consolidate its rule appears more fragile than ever, with so many new armed groups now taking up to the fight to the military regime and its representatives.

2022/10/06 | East Asia Forum

Okinawa’s Elections Expose Problems With Military Coexistence

Okinawa’s role in Japanese security was reinforced by China’s military drills in the Taiwan Strait following U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.

2022/05/09 | East Asia Forum

Is This the End of Duterte’s Politically-driven War on Drugs?

The two current leading candidates for president aim to not be labelled “soft on crime,” but wish to de-emphasize what has clearly been a brutal crackdown that has alienated a growing part of the population.

2022/12/09 | East Asia Forum

Dwindling Economic Opportunities for China’s Youth Fuels Discontent

Without addressing high levels of youth unemployment, China will see a generation of lost youth who may look for disruptive ways to voice their despair.

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.