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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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2018/08/07 | 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?

2018/07/31 | 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.

2018/07/27 | 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.

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.

2018/07/13 | 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.

2018/07/06 | 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.

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.

2018/06/27 | 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.

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.​​​​​​​

2018/06/20 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: China Leverages a Lexicon of Terror to Crush Dissent in Xinjiang

Since 9/11, Beijing has used trumped up threats of terrorism to justify the development of a high-tech security state in Xinjiang

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.

2018/05/29 | East Asia Forum

OPINION: America Is Playing Defense vs China on Tech Innovation

The US must invest more in research and development to retain its technological edge.

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.

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.