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USA/Southeast Asia – Biden Versus Trump in Southeast Asia: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
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MALCOLM COOK Southeast Asian leaders, senior officials and the region’s geopolitics commentariat place great stock in the personal engagement, or not, of the US president with his Southeast Asian counterparts.

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Vietnam – Feisty and delicate: Vietnam’s approach to handling great power rivalry (ISEAS)

William Choong Vietnam’s domestic and foreign policy structures held up well in 2020 in the face of significant challenges involving Covid-19, chairing ASEAN, and relations with China and the US. Vietnam continued to maintain a delicate balance between China and the US, while at the same time retaining a strategic option to pursue deeper defence […]

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(Thailand) Canals and Land Bridges: Mega-Infrastructure Proposals for Southern Thailand (Termsak Chalermpalanupap, ISEAS)

The idea of a canal across the Isthmus of Kra in Southern Thailand, or the Kra Canal, prevalent in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, resurfaced in the late 1990s as the Khlong Thai or “Thai Canal” idea. However, the high investment costs, massive and unpredictable adverse environmental impacts, and security implications have all weighed against its realisation. […]

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(Indonesia) Indonesia’s MUI Today: Truly Moderate or Merely Pragmatic? (Syafiq Hasyim, ISEAS)

Despite facing various problems since its establishment in 1975, MUI (Majelis Ulama Indonesia or Indonesian Ulama Council) continues to thrive, and has even extended its influence significantly. The National Congress 2020-2025 has refreshed its leadership and portended changes that would help the organisation’s survival. MUI has over time adopted different roles and orientations on the […]

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VIETNAM – Realising Vietnam’s Renewable Energy Potential (Le Viet Phu and Thach Phuoc Hung, ISEAS)

• Vietnam’s electricity demand has been growing at more than 10 per cent per year for the last two decades, outstripping its annual GDP growth rate. • The domestic supply of cheap electricity from hydropower and coal has largely fuelled Vietnam’s socio-economic development in the past. New sources of these are becoming increasingly scarce. • […]

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VIETNAM – Planning Hanoi’s Urban Future (Danielle Labbé, ISEAS)

• Vietnam is in the midst of one of the world’s most rapid and intensive rural-to-urban transitions as seen through intensive socio-spatial transformations, demand for new infrastructure and services, and challenges posed by urban population growth. • Heritage preservation in Hanoi has begun to be taken seriously but remains focused on the Old City to […]

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US INDO PACIFIC COMMAND – Standing with Allies and Partners Amid the Pandemic (Philp S. Davidson, ISEAS)

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ASEAN/SDGs – ASEAN Sustainable Development Goals: Notable, But More Can Be Done (Melinda Martinus, ISEAS)

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MALAYSIA – The NEP at 50: Misunderstood and Misrepresented (Lee Hwok-Aun, ISEAS)