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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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2021/10/07 | 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?

2021/01/12 | 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.

2021/10/01 | 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?

2021/07/07 | 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.

2021/04/19 | 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.

2021/03/22 | 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.

2021/03/02 | 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.

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.

2018/07/31 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: China and ASEAN Prepare to Play Nice in South China Sea

ASEAN's member states must firmly defend their interests as they enter into negotiations with China over a framework for a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

2018/08/12 | East Asia Forum

Chinese Real Estate Investment Shapes New Cambodian Skyline

Chinese investment is fueling a luxury housing boom that does nothing for the needs of ordinary Cambodians.

2018/07/13 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: Chinese Arms Sales Are Not a Diplomatic Weapon

China has not increased its arms exports to Belt and Road partners, nor has it penetrated markets traditionally reliant on Western suppliers.

2018/07/23 | East Asia Forum

Cambodia's Upcoming Election Seeks to Prove Its Own Legitimacy

The ruling Cambodian People's Party faces no real opposition in next week's elections. Instead, voter turnout will determine whether the government can tout this election as legitimate.

2018/08/07 | East Asia Forum

China Wants to Show the World That It's a Good Sport

China arguably won a participation trophy at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Chinese fans and corporate sponsors stormed Russia en masse. Can the sports-crazed nation keep wielding its athletic soft power?

2018/06/22 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: US South China Sea Saber-rattling Stokes China Conflict Danger

Objectivity, fairness and balance are increasingly hard to find in analysis of China’s actions in the South China Sea.​​​​​​​