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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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2022/07/13 | East Asia Forum

Can Egg Freezing Crack Singapore’s Demographic Decline?

Singaporean women and demographic observers may have cause for celebration, but medical technology does not present the ideal solution to what is, at heart, a social problem.

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.

2022/03/02 | East Asia Forum

Why Xi Jinping Is Still Willing To Wear the Costs of Zero-Covid

Surging cases, faltering health infrastructure, and a wave of self-isolation in China could produce more acute labor shortages and supply chain disruptions than zero-Covid.

2022/11/08 | East Asia Forum

Developing Asia Adapts to the Dollar’s Strength

A strong U.S. dollar will likely continue for the near future. Asian economies need to prepare for a rough 2023.

2022/10/28 | East Asia Forum

Judicial Repression Becomes the Norm in Hong Kong

As of 2022, more than 100 civil society organizations and trade unions have been dissolved or closed in Hong Kong under the threat of the National Security Law.

2022/01/17 | East Asia Forum

South Korea’s Transgender Community Pushes for Recognition and Acceptance

The issue of transgender discrimination was once again brought into the spotlight earlier in 2021, following the suicide of a soldier who was forcibly discharged from the military after a gender reassignment surgery.

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.

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.

2022/03/18 | East Asia Forum

Can Seoul Court Beijing’s Perception Problem?

While it might be unrealistic for Seoul to completely sever itself from Washington’s global geostrategy, Beijing and Seoul could still reach a modus vivendi on South Korea’s contribution to the U.S.-led Indo-Pacific Strategy and its future relationship with the Quad.

2022/09/19 | East Asia Forum

Yoon Scrambles To Restore Domestic Confidence

With approval ratings bottoming out at 24%, President Yoon Suk-yeol carried out the first reshuffle of his office, but it's too early to tell whether the move will restore domestic confidence in his presidency.

2022/09/08 | East Asia Forum

Malaysia’s Institutional Uncertainty

Despite graft conviction, Najib Razak’s return to power could be imaginable given the power dynamics in UMNO. As a first step, he is now seeking a pardon from the king.

2022/11/02 | East Asia Forum

Japan Warily Welcomes Back International Travelers

In his parliamentary speech in October, Kishida presented his plan to revive the Japanese economy, including a pledge to increase international tourist spending beyond the pre-pandemic high in 2019.

2022/05/04 | East Asia Forum

Unraveling the Controversies of Chinese Foreign Aid

China’s new aid and security pact with the Solomon Islands is the latest case to raise the question of whether Chinese aid is developmental or a political.

2022/02/22 | East Asia Forum

A No-fly Zone Won’t Fly in Myanmar

As long as Myanmar’s junta enjoys the support of Russia and China, there is little chance that the UN would support the idea of a no-fly zone.

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.

2022/01/05 | East Asia Forum

Challenges Abound for Japan’s Kishida in 2022

Kishida’s new initiative called the “new form of capitalism” has been disappointing so far.

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.

2022/09/28 | East Asia Forum

Church Drama Is a Dilemma for Kishida

Distaste for Abe and his fellow politicians’ links to the Unification Church has propelled a moral panic about controversial religious organizations in Japan, bringing to mind the media-driven alarm following the sarin gas attacks in 1995.