Japan has hesitated to assert itself in the Indo-Pacific, a region increasingly dominated by Chinese influence. It may want to avoid its tradition 'value-oriented diplomacy' and the temptation to lock horns with China.
Malaysia's recent election has reignited a longstanding quarrel over water with Singapore, which receives half its fresh water from its neighbor to the north.
In the absence of strong relations with Western nations, Russia may be making its own pivot to Asia. This should motivate Australia and ASEAN states to fortify their own presences in the area.
The conversation about cybersecurity must evolve to take account of state actors intent on furthering strategic aims.
Moon Jae-in’s Minjoo party rode overwhelming public approval and turnout to a strong electoral victory that has left the country’s opposition parties reeling.