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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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2018/06/15 | East Asia Forum

Malaysia Takes Stock of Government-linked 'Monster' Companies

Malaysia is to first assess the role GLCs should play before undertaking reform.

2018/07/02 | East Asia Forum

The World Is Waking Up to Beijing's South China Sea Ambitions

Governments from London to Kuala Lumpur are no longer content to allow China to operate uncontested in the South China Sea.

2018/07/06 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Joint Fisheries Management Can Calm South China Sea Tensions

A regional fisheries management organization could provide the means to both protect fish stocks and promote dialogue over conflict.

2022/03/24 | East Asia Forum

Philippine Party-list Elections Steal From the Poor and Give to the Rich

Instead of serving the poor in whose name they ran, many party-list representatives have been accused of corruption. They have also pushed for the closure of a leading broadcast network critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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.

2020/12/02 | 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.

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.

2018/06/27 | East Asia Forum

CHINA: Communist Party Battles to Have Last Laugh on Web Censorship

Communist Party moves to shut down a satirical app are squeezing Chinese people's right to laugh.

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.

2022/06/01 | 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.

2018/03/29 | East Asia Forum

Decades of Rohingya Tensions Still Strain the Myanmar-Bangladesh Relationship

The Rohingya crisis isn't a recent phenomenon, but new kinds of international pressure will be needed to resolve it.

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?

2018/08/09 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: ASEAN Defense Meeting Holds Key to Rohingya Crisis

ASEAN nations have made great strides towards humanitarian cooperation in recent years.

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.

2018/03/22 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: Malaysian Politics Must Embrace Younger Voters

Malaysia's young people are not interested in politics despite representing the largest segment of the vote.

2018/07/27 | East Asia Forum

ANALYSIS: Why Ethnic Diversity Matters for Southeast Asian Development

Lessons from Indonesia's radical experiment with decentralization can be applied to other rapidly developing ASEAN states. First things first: They must take local diversity patterns into account.